<i>Cruising World</i> Wins Big in Annual Contest

Cruising World and Sailing World authors cleaned up in the 2008 Boating Writers International Writing Contest.

Stacey Collins, author of the Yacht Style story "Lion's Whelp," is one of several /Cruising World/ authors recognized in the 2008 Boating Writers International Writing Contest.

Stacey Collins, author of the Yacht Style story "Lion's Whelp," is one of several Cruising World authors recognized in the 2008 Boating Writers International Writing Contest.

Middletown, R.I. - At the 16th annual Boating Writers International (BWI) Writing Contest, Cruising World and Sailing World collected 16 honors in all, including five first-place awards and were recognized in 10 of the 16 categories. For the second straight year, Cruising World was the top-winning magazine.

Cruising World writers Herb McCormick, Alvah Simon, Gary Goodlander and Stacey Collins each took home a first-place award, while Stuart Streuli took home a first-place prize for Sailing World. The top-honor award for Sailing World was its first win ever in the BWI contest.

"We are thrilled and honored that our titles did so well," said Sally Helme, Publisher of Cruising World and Sailing World. "These awards are notable because quality content is more important than ever - it inspires our readers to pursue their sailing dreams and provides a compelling editorial environment for our advertisers."

The yearly writing competition honors the top marine journalists in the United States and beyond for their "excellence in creating compelling stories about the boating lifestyle through entertaining, educational and inspiring journalism." The latest BWI contest attracted 161 participants, with more than 450 entries.

Cruising World also claimed two second-place awards, three third-place prizes and six certificates of merit at this year's contest.

Cruising World, published monthly by Bonnier Corp., is considered the bible for blue-water sailors. Cruising World nurtures cruising sailors' dreams with practical how-to information and stirring real-life adventure articles.

Sailing World, the authority on performance sailing, is published nine times a year by Bonnier Corp. Advice on the latest boat models and equipment, as well as racing tips, tactics and techniques, make it a must-read for sailors who race to win.

Cruising World
First place, Boating Columns: "On Watch" by Gary Goodlander
First place, Boating Profiles: "Cruising at 80" by Herb McCormick
First place, Boating Travel or Destinations: "Vive La Nouvelle-Caledonie" by Alvah Simon
First place, Boat Tests: "Lion's Whelp" by Stacey Collins

Second place, Boating Columns: "Osprey's Flight" by Wendy Mitman Clarke
Second place, Boating Profiles: "Old Tricks, New Dogs" by Angus Phillips

Third place, Boating Lifestyles: "You Can Go Home Again" by Tania Aebi
Third place, Boating Travel or Destinations: "Across the Dividing Sea" by Jim Carrier
Third place, Gear, Electronics and Product: "Bluewater Gear: 9 Rafts Reviewed" by Mark Pillsbury

Certificate of merit, Electronics: "New Tricks for VHF" by Tony Bessinger
Certificate of merit, Boating Issues, News and Analysis: "Precautions in Paradise" by Herb McCormick
Certificate of merit, Seamanship, Rescue Safety: "A Voyager's Guide to Spare Parts" by Alvah Simon
Certificate of merit, Boat Tests: "Maine Beauty Takes Flight" by Jeremy McGeary
Certificate of merit, Boat Tests: "This Waterline 50" by Andrew Burton
Certificate of merit, Electronics: "Pactor Babe's Got Her Ears On" by Gary Goodlander

Sailing World
First place, Megayachts: "Maxi'd Out" by Stuart Streuli