In memory of Charles H. Vilas, member for 50 years, assistant editor and editor of the Cruising Club News for 20 years, club historian for 10 years and winner of the Nye Trophy, the Governing Board established in 1991 the Charles H. Vilas Literary Prize.
A commemorative plaque is to be awarded by the Governing Board to a member who makes an outstanding contribution to Voyages (formerly the Cruising Club News) in the form of an article or articles, photographs or chronicle. The prize may be awarded as often as annually, but need not be made each year.
Bob and Betsy Baillie for well-documented articles in the CC News detailing their wide-ranging voyages in Belair, their 48' sloop. Their stories include "Belair Heads to Glacier Country" (2002), "Cruising down the Pan American Highway" (2005),"Reflections on Patagonia" (2006), and "Where Life Is Carnaval" (2007).
Eric B. Forsyth for entertaining stories in the CC News detailing two circumnavigations in Fiona, his Westsail 42, including 1998-Fiona Circles the Globe in 800 Days; 2000-Fiona In the Chilean Canals and Antarctica; 2004-Eastabout With Fiona; 2006-The Continuing Atlantic Adventures of Fiona; and Cruising Cleaner and Greener (a novel proposal for doing without diesel).
John and Judy Sanford for outstanding work as editors of the Cruising Club News (1999-2002). Exemplifying volunteer spirit, John has contributed fine articles to the CC News, serves as San Francisco Station Historian, and produced the "SAF Gam" newsletter.
J. Nicholas Newman for creating and compiling "The Boats We Sail," a new section of the Cruising Club News and the Cruising Club Web site, that gives readers a close look, through descriptive text, photos, plans, and specifications, at the boats of CCA members.
Evans Starzinger and Beth Leonard for a series of lyrical articles covering their cruises on Hawk from the United States to Ireland and Scotland, to Iceland, and the Patagonia channels up Chile's west coast. Each article was lavishly illustrated with their insightful photos.
Robert A.Van Blaricom, for more than 35 years of lively San Francisco Station historian reports, chronicles of members who have taken their "Final Voyage," book reviews, and a series of articles about adventures on Sea Bear and Misty he and Jane shared in Hawaii, Alaska, the South Pacific, the Northwest, the Intercoastal Waterway, and the Great Lakes.
John E. McKelvy, Jr. and Nancy McKelvy for outstanding contribtion as editors of Cruising Club News since June 1994. With talent, discipline, humor and grace, with a sense of history and of people, they have entertained, enlightened, and honored us by their literary efforts.
Peter M. Passano for chronicles of his long distance cruising on steel cutter, Sea Bear, from California to Australia, and single-handed from New Zealand to the Falklands. His description of storms makes you grip your chair, and his writing has just the right mix of humor and salinity.
Sandy and Sidney Van Zandt for wonderful tales of 38 foot Sequel's circumnavigation 1990-96, including descriptions of underwater companions seen through the Lexan window below, and exasperating moments in the Red Sea dealing with head seas and difficult people.
Larry and Maxine Bailey for the installments of their travels aboard their 41-foot sloop, Shingebiss II. They developed their own unique style, often beginning an article with an appropriate whimsical piece of poetry.