Story About Riptide Charters Wins First Prize

The Riptide towed the Poco Loco 70 miles to safety through a violent thunderstorm. Photo/Riptide Charters.

Thought you all might like to know that Martha’s Vineyard Times columnist Nelson Sigelman was awarded a prize for the story he wrote about my late-July tow of the Poco Loco while returning from the canyons last year. (My first-person account of the story was published here on New England Boating: Charterboat Makes Harrowing Offshore Tow.) The story won Best Article in the Newspaper Category of the New England Outdoor Writers Association’s annual writing contest.

The story, “A good deed repaid during a harrowing offshore trip,” was published July 28, 2010.

“An honor indeed, and not the first of its kind earned by Nelson,” Times editor Doug Cabral said this week. “Nelson follows the first rule of good writing, he writes what he knows. And does. Nelson’s writing, as well as his broader work for the newspaper, is informative and entertaining for readers, and his colleagues at the Times admire him for it all.”

NEOWA, the oldest regional outdoor writers’ organization in America, is a nonprofit, professional and educational organization.

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