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Cruising World editors and contributors bring home awards from the 2011 Boating Writers International annual writing contest.

February 23, 2012

Black Pearls

“Black Pearls, Reef Sharks, and Ancient Ghosts” by Antonia Murphy took home first place in the Boating Lifestyles category.

We at Cruising World have long known that we are fortunate to have some extremely talented people contribute to our magazine—from cruising sailors, to professional journalists and electronics and mechanical gurus. Last Friday during the Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail, Boating Writers International recognized top marine journalists from the U.S. and beyond in their annual writing contest.

In its 19th year, the B.W.I. contest attracted 113 participants submitting 301 entries. In addition to first-, second-, and third-place awards, certificates of merit were presented to writers of another 34 articles which scored within 95 percent of third-place tallies in each category. All submissions to the contest were published in 2011. Four active journalists judged each of the categories in the first few weeks of 2012.

Cruising World editors and contributors picked up 14 awards in eight categories and five certificates of merit. Congrats to the winners!


Now sit back and enjoy the stories:

Boating Columns

1st Place – “On Watch” by Cap’n Fatty Goodlander


2nd Place – “Off Watch: Osprey’s Flight” by Wendy Mitman Clarke

Boating Lifestyles

1st Place – “Black Pearls, Reef Sharks, and Ancient Ghosts” by Antonia Murphy


2nd Place – “Around the World by Thumb” by Clive Webber

3rd Place – “From the White-Knuckler Files” by Elaine Lembo

Boating Profiles


2nd Place – “Full Noise, or No Noise” by Herb McCormick

Boating Travel or Destinations

2nd Place – “In Darwin’s Wake” by Herb McCormick

3rd Place – “Society Islands Sojourn” by Tim Murphy

Certificate of Merit – “Diamond in the Rough” by Wendy Mitman Clarke

Boating Adventures

1st Place – “The Voyage in Between” by Cap’n Fatty Goodlander

3rd Place – “From Penguins to Palm Trees” by Beth Leonard

Boat/Engine Care and Maintenance

1st Place – “Turning Heads” by Jen Brett

Certificate of Merit – “The Unprotected Saildrive” by Ed Sherman

Ethics and Environment

Certificate of Merit- “Phasing Out Copper Bottom Paint” by Jim Carrier

Seamanship, Rescue, and Safety

2nd Place – “Stack the Deck to Survive” by Beth Leonard

Certificate of Merit – “When the Stick Comes Down” by Patrick Childress

Technical Writing

1st Place – “Broadband Affordability” by Gram Schweikert

2nd Place – “Onboard Entertainment: The Digital Files Converge” by Ben Ellison

Boat Tests

Certificate of Merit – “Catalina 355: Thoughtful Design” by Tim Murphy


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