ON contributing editor wins writing award

Ocean Navigator contributing editor Ann Hoffner has won an award from Boating Writers International at the group’s annual conclave at the Miami International Boat Show. Hoffner’s piece, “Big Mama the Cruising Spider,” which ran in the September/October 2022 issuewon first prize in the Boating Lifestyles category.  The article chronicles a boating season aboard Hoffner and husband and photographer Tom Bailey’s Sabre 30 Ora Kali as a spider made a series of webs in the corner of the Bimini as the couple cruise through the summer and into the fall. As BWI writing awards judge Kevin Flakey said, “‘Big Mama the Cruising Spider’ is a great boating story that transcends boating. And isn’t that the best of us?”

By Tim Queeney