Betsy Frawley Haggerty

Betsy Frawley Haggerty in her element

Nothing makes me happier than being at the helm of a boat or writing about the maritime world. My love for boating and for journalism dates back to my teens when I learned to sail in Marblehead, Massachusetts, and heard my high school newspaper advisor declare that I had printer’s ink in my blood. I knew then that I wanted to be a journalist and that I’d always find a way to stay around the water. What I didn’t know ‘til later was that I’d be able to combine my two passions in a meaningful career. Today, I am a U.S. Coast Guard licensed captain, a professional sailing instructor and a regular contributor to maritime magazines and online publications.

In college I majored in political science, and my interest in public affairs gave me the opportunity to be a government insider, working for New York City Mayor Ed Koch on housing issues and later for Mayor David Dinkins and New York Governor Mario Cuomo on a waterfront planning project—excellent background for a journalist.

Writing: I began writing about the maritime world for both recreational boating and maritime industry publications three decades ago, and since then I have worked as writer, editor and photographer, both on staff and as a freelancer.  My news stories, features and columns have appeared in many publications, including Offshore, Northeast Boating, Soundings, Voyaging, Motorboating, WindCheck, Boating on the Hudson, Norwalk Hour, Workboat and Professional Mariner. My travel pieces, adventure stories, profiles and columns have won awards from both Boating Writers International and the International Regional Magazine Association.

Editing: In my nearly seven years at Offshore, I worked with staff and freelance writers to produce a regional magazine known for excellent writing, practical boating advice and intriguing articles about the extraordinary people and places encountered when boating in the northeast.  During my tenure, Offshore won several awards from the International Magazine Association and two Eddies—editorial excellence awards given out by Folio Magazine. I continue to work as a book editor for publishing houses and independent book authors.

Public Affairs: I have produced and publicized programs and events for several maritime nonprofit organizations, written press releases for BoatUS and scores of newsletters for a variety of businesses and organizations.

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