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Story of Nation's First Black Yacht Club Wins Award for BoatUS Magazine
One of Two First Place Honors Bestowed in National Competition
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ALEXANDRIA, Va., February 16, 2010 – A six-page BoatUS Magazine feature that chronicles the challenges faced by the nation’s first African-American boat club was one of two stories that recently won first place awards in the Boating Writers International (BWI) Annual Writing Contest.
In the March 2009 feature "It Was a Club of Their Own" , BoatUS Magazine Contributing Editor Ann Dermody shares the story of Seafarers Yacht Club, located on Washington, D.C.’s Anacostia River, and how it has thrived under the strong legacy of a visionary teacher and his industrious student. The BWI judges singled out the story from several dozen entries, praising it as a well-researched, beautifully written and poignant story about a pair of passionate boat lovers and the barriers they had to break to found and maintain the nation’s first black boat club.
The other first place win went to BoatUS Magazine freelance writer Tania Aebi for her story, "One Mom, Two Teens, No Exit" . The March 2009 feature tells the story of a former around-the-world solo sailor and record holder, Aebi, hoping to give her two boys a worldview and a sense of responsibility by taking them on a year-long sail to the South Pacific. Any parent who has ever wanted to give their children something other than video games will appreciate the challenges of such a journey. Judges praised the feature as an inspiring story of family bonding.
Both Dermody and Aebi took home $500 each for their first-place wins. The annual contest covered 17 categories and drew 352 entries from 134 participants.
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