Trailer Boats’ Hendricks wins editorial excellence award

MIAMI, Fla. – Trailer Boats magazine editor, Jim Hendricks, was honored by BoatU.S. today with the 2003 Moulton H. “Monk” Farnham Award for Excellence in Editorial Commentary.

Established in 1996 by BoatU.S. in memory of Monk Farnham, the former chairman of the BoatU.S. National Advisory Council and outspoken editor of a number of boating magazines, the award recognizes editors of boating and fishing magazines who have a passion for boating, a crusading spirit and a willingness to use their editorial page to lead the debate on issues facing the recreational boating community and marine industry.

During an awards ceremony held at the annual meeting of Boating Writers International at the Miami Boat Show, Hendricks was recognized by BoatU.S. Vice President Michael Sciulla for his editorial column, “On Plane,” and especially for taking on a number of “sacred cows” in the marine industry.

“It took some measure of guts for Jim to use his column to comment on some of the stranger goings-on in this industry, an approach pioneered by Monk Farnham years ago,” said Sciulla. “Jim Hendricks deserves this award for demonstrating the courage of his convictions,” he added.

The Monk Farnham award includes a hand-crafted trophy depicting a quill pen drawing inspirational “ink” from a series of rolling waves as well as a check for $1,000. Previous winners include Skip Allen, former editor and publisher of Southern Boating, Bill Sisson, editor of Soundings, Bill Schanen, editor and publisher of Sailing magazine, Matt Trulio, former editor of Powerboat magazine, Chris Landry of Powerboat Reports, Herb McCormick of Cruising World magazine and Wendy Mitman Clarke of Chesapeake Bay magazine.

The judges for this year’s award included Wolcott “Tony” Gibbs, a former editor of Yachting, Islands and The New Yorker; Chuck Husick, an Ocean Navigator contributing editor and former president of Chris Craft Boats, Dean Clarke, executive editor of Sport Fishing magazine and Michael Sciulla, editor of BoatU.S. Magazine.

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