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Soundings writers take home 9 awards

Soundings writers earned nine honors at the annual Boating Writers International writing contest, including the first father and daughter to each take home a first place award. Tom Neale took the top spots in both the Electronics and Technical Writing categories, while Mel Neale placed first in the Boating Adventures category.


In all Soundings came away with four firsts, one second and two thirds, plus two Certificates of Merit.

“Congratulations to the writers and the entire creative team that produces Soundings each month,” says Soundings editor Bill Sisson. “It’s very gratifying to see the results of all their hard work recognized by their peers.”

The BWI awards, handed out Feb. 16 at the Miami International Boat Show, honor top marine journalists for excellence in writing and educating the public about the boating lifestyle. This year saw 598 entries in the contest’s 15 categories.

  • Tom Neale, Soundings’ technical editor, earned his first place in the Electronics category for the story “Navigating the electronics market” (February 2006 issue) and first in Technical Writing for “Low-budget cruising” (May 2006). He also won third place in the Ethics and Environment category for “The other side of paradise” (January 2006).
  • Melanie Neale, contributing writer, placed first in the Boating Adventures category for “Pressure drop” (January 2006).
  • Senior writer Jim Flannery placed first in The Business of Boating for “Made in China” (November 2006), and received a Certificate of Merit for “Against the wind” (April 2006).
  • Editor William Sisson placed second in Boating Columns for his monthly Under Way column.
  • Senior writer Douglas A. Campbell received a third-place award in Boating Profiles for his Ted Hood story, “Boating’s peerless idea man” (October 2006).
  • Contributing writer John Love received a Certificate of Merit in Technical Writing for “What makes a trawler a trawler?” (December 2006).
  • JoAnn Goddard, an associate editor for Soundings’ sister publication, Trade Only, received a Certificate of Merit in Boating Profiles for “The Bassmaster” (October 2006).