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Trade Only, Soundings win writing awards

MIAMI BEACH - Soundings Trade Only and sister magazine Soundings were honored Friday morning with 13 awards from the Boating Writers International at the Miami International Boat Show.

The annual presentations were made in 17 categories, representing $17,000 in awards. The contest drew 352 entries from 134 participants.

In the Business of Boating category, Soundings Trade Only received a second-place award for "Marinas: Last hit and least hurt," by Gary Beckett. Reagan Haynes received an award of merit for "An industry of small, niche builders."

Soundings magazine took honors in the following categories:

In the Boating Issues, News and Analysis category, Soundings senior reporter Chris Landry received first-place honors for his story "Time to throttle back." Senior writer Jim Flannery was honored with second place for "Lobster wars: good people doing bad things." Also in that category, George Sass Sr. received an award of merit for "The case for the simple life."

In the Seamanship, Rescue and Safety category, Landry's article "Eight days on a capsized 23-footer" received second place.

In the Technical Writing category, Eric Sorensen received second-place honors for "Planing hull efficiency."

Soundings also was honored in the new Original Online Content category. Editor Bill Sisson placed second for his audio slide shows and video series for, while Lisa Cook received an award of merit for writing and production of articles and videos on

In Boating Profiles, Doug Campbell received an award of merit for "A captain's irresistible tales," while in Boating Travel or Destinations, Stephen Blakely received a merit certificate for "Live history on our 'Star Spangled' seas."

Peter Swanson placed third in the Boating Adventures category with "Miles away in one sense, light years in another," and Tom Neale placed first in the Boat/Engine Care and Maintenance category for "When the you-know-what hits the fan."

- Beth Rosenberg