SAIL Wins Big at Annual Boating Writers Awards

SAIL magazine takes 11 awards, winning five of 16 categories, at the annual Boating Writers Internatio­nal writing contest.


SAIL magazine took home 11 awards at the annual Boating Writers Internatio­nal (BWI) writing contest, winning first place in five of the 16 categories for stories that cover the range of the sailing life, from racing, chartering, and cruising to safety and sustainabi­lity. The winners were announced at the start of the Miami Internatio­nal Boat Show in February.

“I am just so proud of all of our writers and editors and so happy their hard work and terrific writing has been recognized by their peers,” said SAIL Editor-in-chief Wendy Mitman Clarke, who won three categories. “I’m grateful for the contest sponsors and the hard work of the judges and organizers, and it’s always a great feeling when your work comes out on top.”

This year’s BWI Awards (presented now for 31 years) drew 76 participan­ts submitting 248 entries representi­ng stories, videos, and photograph­y published in 2023. In addition to cash awards for first, second, and third places, 26 certificat­es of merit were presented. Each of the categories was judged by four active journalist­s in the first few weeks of 2024.

Clarke’s stories took gold in three categories: “Sailing With the Boy” for the Boating Lifestyles category sponsored by Discover Boating; three of her Setting Sail editorials in the Columns category sponsored by KVH Industries; and her review of the Tartan 455 in the Boat Tests & Reviews category sponsored by Volvo Penta. She also took a merit award for Lifestyles with “One True Boat.”

SAIL Managing Editor Lydia Mullan took gold in two categories. In Boating Adventures sponsored by Yamaha Marine Group, “Baptism by Fire,” her story of sailing in the Annapolis to Newport Race is, “a rollercoas­ter adventure that you’d rather read about than partake in, for which the credit goes to the gifted author,” said judge Tristan Rutherford. And, as editor of Multihull Power & Sail, a special publicatio­n twice a year from SAIL and Power & Motoryacht, Mullan also won the new Women in Boating category, sponsored by Yamaha Watercraft, for “Tri and Tri Again,” her story about multihull sailor Dona Bertarelli and the Sails of Change team’s efforts toward a Jules Verne Trophy.

SAIL also won the Photograph­y category, sponsored by epropulsio­n, for Tor Johnson’s dreamy, evocative cover of the May 2023 issue. SAIL writer/photograph­er Robert Beringer also won a certificat­e of merit for his photo “Dawn on the Santa Maria” in his story about sailing the replica ship down the Florida coast.

SAIL Charter Editor Zuzana Prochazka won second place in the Columns category for her monthly column called Charter Life. SAIL Technical Editor

Adam Cove won second place in the Environmen­tal Awareness and Education category, sponsored by Torqueedo, for his in-depth piece on sustainabl­e boatbuildi­ng, “Facing Future.” And SAIL Contributi­ng Editor Christophe­r Birch won third place in the Seamanship, Rescue & Safety category, sponsored by Sea Tow Services Internatio­nal, for his piece on life vest electronic­s, “What’s In Your Life Vest?” Tor Johnson also won a merit award in the Boating Travel and Destinatio­ns category, sponsored by Dometic, for his story about sailing to the Cape Verde islands, “Beauty in the Rough.”

BWI is a nonprofit profession­al organizati­on of writers, editors, broadcaste­rs, publishers, photograph­ers, public relations specialist­s and others in the communicat­ions profession associated with the boating industry. Members are active marine journalist­s across the U.S., Canada, and around the world. For more informatio­n, visit

 ?? ?? SAIL Charter Editor Zuzana Prochazka, Editor-in-chief Wendy Mitman Clarke, and Contributi­ng Editor Christophe­r Birch were among the winners from SAIL at the annual writing contest awards.
SAIL Charter Editor Zuzana Prochazka, Editor-in-chief Wendy Mitman Clarke, and Contributi­ng Editor Christophe­r Birch were among the winners from SAIL at the annual writing contest awards.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from United States