FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — George Sass Sr., a freelance writer, author and former advertising creative director, has been awarded the SY/Legacy Writer’s Award, Boating Writers International’s top honor, the group reported.
The award comes with a $5,000 check and a crystal trophy. Sass, of Annapolis, Md., received the honor at a presentation during the BWI membership meeting at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show on Friday.
Sass’ story, “Big-Water Boats – How to Choose the Right Vessel for Offshore Cruising,” was published in the 2008 Ocean Explorer Handbook. The article was first recognized in the Technical Writing category earlier this year, one of 48 award winners in the 2008 BWI Annual Writing Contest. The top three entries in each of 16 writing categories were considered for the grand prize.
Judges for the grand prize are associated with Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and have had careers in newspapers, magazines, broadcasting and on-line enterprises, BWI said. They include: David Nelson, Professor of Media Management and Ethics; Michele Bitoun, Senior Director of Undergraduate Education and Teaching Excellence; and Professor Marcel Pacatte, Managing Editor of the Medill Reports Web site.
Other entries cited by the judging team for excellence in writing were:
— “Limulus Lately” by Wendy Mitman Clarke in Chesapeake Bay.
— ”You Can Go Home Again” by Tania Aebi in Cruising World.
— “Fishing for the Future” by Dick Russell in Northeast Boating.