The magazine did particularly well in the Boating Travel or Destinations category, sponsored by the Martin Flory Group, sweeping the top three prizes plus a certificate of merit. First place went to “Hung Up on Hongs” by Cap’n Fatty Goodlander, which appeared in the November issue. “An Accidental Paradise” by Ben Zartman, which appeared in May, took second. Third place went to “It Is Windy, No?” published in August, by executive editor Herb McCormick. Of the first place entry judge Mike Sciulla said, “The author transforms a journey to and through Thailand’s watery caves – literally pools located inside an island – into a richly nuanced meaning of life tale. At the heart of this piece is a thoughtful story about friendship, hardship and the joys of chucking it all replete with a masterful use of the English language and some great photography.” A Certificate of Merit went to Darrell Nicholson for his “Seeking Higher Ground” story, which appeared in June.