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Mark Jardine, Managing Editor

Mark Jardine

Mark has been managing sailing websites since 1996, always being at the forefront of technology, and now manages the combined and network. He has covered events such as the International Moth World Championship and Cowes Week, focusing on the sailors' thoughts and words.

Mark has been European Champion in the Farr 30 & J/24 class and has won numerous UK titles, and competes regularly in local and national events in dinghies and sportsboats.

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Richard Gladwell, New Zealand Editor

Richard Gladwell

Richard been covering sailing since 1983. He started as principal correspondent for three print publications, before switching to the web in 2003 and then to in 2005. He has covered every America’s Cup since 1983 attending five Matches. Richard has sailed for over 50 years, competing in several world championship, the 1983 Admiral's Cup and has won four NZ national titles.

His specialty is in Olympic classes, America’s Cup and ocean racing as well as all forms of dinghy sailing, both as a writer and photographer. He was an ISAF International Judge and Umpire and covers various rules related issues. A Director of Yachting NZ for eight years, Richard was on the YNZ Olympic Committee for five years. He is a selector for the America’s Cup Hall of Fame and was a selector for the NZ Sailor of the Year for 10 years.

Guy Nowell, Asia Editor

Guy Nowell was a banker until he turned to photography and journalism in the late 1980s. Since then he has become Asia's pre-eminent yachting photographer. He is an experienced offshore and one design sailor, dislikes PR fluff, and despairs at regattas with too many prizes. He believes that if you hang out in the Main Bar at the RHKYC for long enough, the entire sailing world will come to you. He has opinions, and sometimes has to write them down.

David Schmidt, North America Editor

As the U.S. editor of and as the website’s international cruising editor, David covers stories that are of interest to the U.S. racing market (e.g., America’s Cup, Olympics, Volvo Ocean Race, and domestic events), as well as stories that are relevant to cruising sailors (e.g., environmental, seamanship, electronics).

John Curnow

John has been around all manner of power and sailing yachts since the age of four. Passions include One Design, Grand Prix and ocean racing, where John has completed Category Two, One and Zero events all over the globe. John is eclectic, if nothing else. He spent two years aboard a top 50 Mega Yacht, has 25 years’ experience from the Ad world and is happy to be sailing at 5 knots or flying across the top at over 50. Just add water!

Rupert Holmes

Rupert is currently writing a series for looking at ways of increasing participation in sailing. Rupert has a broad background covering 70,000 miles of racing and cruising in boats ranging from gaff cutters through Etchells and Quarter Tonners to Farr 45s and IOR Maxis. These days he’s most likely to be found racing double-handed in very long distance offshore events, sailing his Illusion mini keelboat, or taking it easy on his boat in the Aegean.

Helen Fretter

Helen is a journalist and editor who has covered competitive sailing for over 12 years, working on prestigious events such as the Vendee Globe, America’s Cup World Series and many others. She is based in Cowes, the home of UK yachting, and writes for international sailing magazines and websites.

Louay Habib

Louay is the event reporter for over 20 yachting events in Europe and the Caribbean; prestigious offshore races, one design world championships and world famous annual regattas. Louay has been the principle reporter for the Royal Ocean Racing Club for over 15 years and has been a traveling reporter for the last four editions of the Volvo Ocean Race.

David 'Dougal' Henshall

Dinghy historian David 'Dougal' Henshall, was born in Southampton in the early 1950s, growing up as part of a family that spent the summers just messing around in boats on the Hamble River and Southampton Water. From there, he moved up to dinghy racing, starting off in Moths, before advancing on to crew in a Fireball, just as the Class was adopting spinnakers and trapezes. What followed was 50 years spent racing in just about every sort of boat, multi-hull and location imaginable. He was lucky to sail with some of the great racers of the day, crewing for many top helms, such as Dave Pitman, Larry Marks, Howard Sellars and Jim Saltonstall, with these all being high spots in a long career spent in a trapeze harness.

After taking early retirement from the telecommunications industry, David was able to combine his love of sailing with the development of a new career focused on journalism and charting the history of the racing dinghy. In addition to a string of articles looking at all facets of small boat sailing, David has published two books, detailing the history of the International Contender and the Merlin Rocket. He is already working on his third, which will focus how the 505 came to be the pinnacle of dinghy racing. He now lives on the south side of the Isle of Wight but spends his summers back on the mainland, looking at boats, sailing them and writing about the experience.