Cruising World Writers Rake in BWI Writing Awards

A whopping 16 CW stories won awards in Boating Writers International's annual writing contest.

Alvah Simon's Magic & Mystery in Micronesia (November 2009) was one of 16 CW stories to win an award.

Alvah Simon's Magic & Mystery in Micronesia (November 2009) was one of 16 CW stories to win an award.Cruising World

It's not Olympic gold, but we're still proud of the performance CW authors turned in at the biggest U.S. contest for marine writers. When the prizes were handed out, _CW _swept the Boating Travel or Destinations category; several contributors took home plaques for first-, second-, or third-place finishes, and CW had at least one award winner in 11 out of 17 categories.

The contest attracted 134 writers submitting 352 entries and four active marine journalists judged each category. Boating Travel or Destinations category chair Michael Sciulla, said the first place entry, "Magic & Mystery in Micronesia" by Alvah Simon (November 2009), had "A great lead, attention to detail, insight, perspective and affection for its subjects … a must read." Alvah's "Vanuatu: Explosive, Exotic, Exciting" (Feburary 2009) took second place, and "On One Boat, Three Stories Unfold" by Herb McCormick, Angus Phillips and Elaine Lembo (August 2009) completed the sweep. We agree with Michael Sciulla. All of CW's award winning stories are "must reads," and here they are.

BWI Award Winners

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Boating & Travel

1st Place
Magic and Mystery
By Alvah Simon

2nd Place
Vanuatu, Explosive, Exotic, Exciting
By Alvah Simon

3rd Place
The Good, the Bad, and the Cranky
By Herb McCormick, Elaine Lembo, Angus Phillips

Electronics

2nd Place
Into the Nitty Gritty of NMEA 2000
By Ben Ellison
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Boating Columns

3rd Place
Off Watch
By Wendy Mittman Clarke

Certificate of Merit
Roger Henry File
By Alvah Simon

Sailing Life
Melanie Neale

Ethics & Environment

3rd Place
Unarmed but Uneasy
By Fatty Goodlander

Seamanship, Rescue, and Safety

3rd Place
Lucky Duck to the Rescue
By R. J. Rubadeau

Boating Profile

3rd Place
Spaced Odyssey
By Herb McCormick

Boating Lifestyles

Certificate of Merit
The Honeymooners of Phangnga Bay
By Cap'n Fatty Goodlander

Boating Adventures

Certificate of Merit
In the Eye of the Storm
By William Barton

Boat/Engine Care and Maintenance

Honorable Mention
Cool Tools for Odd Jobs
By R. J. Rubadeau **
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Technical Writing

Certificate of Merit
Wind and Solar Are Fine by Osprey
By Wendy Mittman Clarke

Boat Tests

Certificate of Merit
Big Daddy Daysailer
By Bill Springer

A Resonant Tune
By Herb McCormick**
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