Without Women Sailors, This Show Can't Go On

Cruising World seeks female judges for its Boat of the Year contest. From our July 2006 issue.

Women BOTY

Key to a successful round of judging are the expert opinions of both men and women sailors.Billy Black

For the second year, Cruising World's Boat of the Year (BOTY) judging panel seeks to add the perspective of a female sailor to help select the winning boats in the annual competition. So we're inviting all women cruising sailors to enter our annual essay contest. To be eligible, you must have owned or co-owned at least two auxiliary cruising boats and sailed at least one overnight passage of 100 miles or more.

To enter, send a brief description of your sailing experience and no more than two essays of between 500 and 1,000 words, each one critically evaluating a boat you've owned or co-owned. The winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Annapolis, Maryland, for 10 days of sailing and critiquing new sailboats; runners-up may have their essays selected and purchased for our regular Classic Plastic column. Send or e-mail your entry by July 31 to BOTY Essay Contest, c/o Cruising World (55 Hammarlund Way, Middletown, RI 02842; e-mail BOTYjudge@cruisingworld.com).