Winter Park, Florida - Cruising World magazine stood at the top of the
class in the Boating Writers International Excellence in Boating
Journalism Awards. Fellow World Publications titles Sport Fishing,
Boating Life and Sailing World also earned prestigious honors as the
awards were announced at the Miami International Boat Show.
Cruising World stole the BWI show, winning four categories. Overall, the
magazine received eight top-three finishes in seven different writing
categories for work published in 2003. No other marine publication had
more total awards or first-place honors than Cruising World.
"It's a great honor to accept these awards," said Herb McCormick, Editor
of Cruising World, which won in Boating Lifestyles, Boating Travel or
Destination, Consumer/Trade News, and Gear, Electronics and Product
Tests. "Our goal, year in and year out, is to be the best-written marine
magazine anywhere, and I think our results this year across the board
are a testament to that commitment."
In all, World Publications walked away with five first-place finishes,
including Sport Fishing's award in Technical Writing for "Boats Beyond
Belief" by Roger Marshall. This unique article looked at radical
boat-hull designs, considering the advantages and disadvantages of each,
as well as their possible applications for saltwater sport fishing.
"Despite some initial skepticism about this topic being 'too far out,'"
said Sport Fishing Editor in Chief Doug Olander, "Roger's insightful
text, along with some eye-popping design and illustration, made the
feature work." Olander himself earned a third-place honor in the Fishing
category for "The Fast and the Furious," his analysis of how big-game
Boating Life Editor Robert Stephens earned third place in Boating Travel
or Destinations, giving World Publications a clean sweep of the category
with Cruising World taking first and second. Sailing World received a
Certificate of Merit in the Electronics category.
In its 11th year, the BWI contest included 149 journalists with a total
of 429 submissions, judged by four active journalists. Gear, Electronics
and Product Tests attracted 10 entries in its first year. The greatest
number of entries, 59, came in the Boating Lifestyles category.
Certificate of Merit Awards were a new addition this year, given to
writers who scored within 95 percent of third-place tallies in each
First Place, Boating Lifestyles: "The Measure of a Year" by Bernadette
First Place, Boating Travel or Destinations: "To the Abacos with Pablo"
by Peter Nichols
First Place, Consumer/Trade News: "Loyalty and Cyanide" by Herb
First Place, Gear Electronics and Product Tests: "Dinghies That Come in
a Pouch" by Darrell Nicholson
Second Place, Boating Travel or Destination: "All I Ask is a Tall Ship"
by Darrell Nicholson
Third Place, Boating Columns: "Log of Ithaka" by Douglas Bernon
Third Place, Electronics: "An Affordable Cure for the E-mail Addict" by
Third Place, Boat Tests: "Surviving the Great Rib Hunt" by Ed Sherman
Certificate of Merit, Boating Columns: "Log of Ithaka" by Bernadette
Certificate of Merit, Boating Travel or Destination: "Sans Blas Diary"
by Bernadette Bernon
First Place, Technical Writing: "Boats Beyond Belief" by Roger Marshall
Third Place, Fishing: "The Fast and the Furious" by Doug Olander
Third Place, Boating Travel or Destinations: "The River Riled" by Robert
Certificate of Merit, Boat Tests: "Shoot Out" by Randy Vance
Certificate of Merit, Electronics: "Race Electronics Go Wireless" by