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Soundings writers take top honors

Several Soundings writers were recognized for excellence in the annual Boating Writers International writing contest. Soundings took seven awards — four firsts, one second and two thirds — as well as two Certificates of Merit. Also noteworthy was the father-daughter combination of technical editor Tom Neale and contributing writer Melanie Neale each claiming a top prize, a first in the annual contest.

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

In all, there were 598 entries in 15 categories for this year’s awards. Winners were announced at the Miami International Boat Show. (To read the winning entries from Soundings writers, go to ).

• Technical editor Tom Neale took first place in the Electronics category for “Navigating the electronics market” in the February 2006 issue; first in Technical Writing for “Low-budget cruising” (May 2006); and third in Ethics and Environment for “The other side of paradise” (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).

• Contributing writer Melanie Neale placed first in the Boating Adventures category for “Pressure drop” (January 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).

Boating Writers International is a non-profit organization whose membership includes writers, broadcasters, editors, publishers, photographers and others in the communications field associated with the boating industry. For a complete list of winners, visit .