Yachting World has had its finger on the pulse of sailing since 1894 (though some of us joined a little more recently). We reckon we are the most enthusiastic sailing fans in the world: we love boats of all kinds, modern and classic, we like racing and cruising, are fascinated by innovation yet revere tradition, and nothing that floats is too big or too small for our tastes.
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Elaine Bunting – Editor
Elaine has been sailing since the age of six. She began racing dinghies and later crewed on a variety of cruiser-racers and one-designs in club events and regattas throughout the UK.
Elaine qualified as an RYA sailing instructor in her teens and has taught sailing in the UK, Ireland and the USA. She has cruised throughout the UK, Ireland and the Mediterranean and has crossed the Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Pacific and Red Sea, and has sailed from South America to Antarctica.
Elaine is also Editor of SuperSail World magazine, a publication published four times a year that is the world’s only title and website devoted to sailing superyachts.
Tel: +44 (0)1252 555181
Helen Fretter – Deputy Editor
Helen has a background of racing one-design keelboats and IRC yachts, and competed for many seasons at Solent events such as Cowes Week and the Commodores’ Cup, as well as regattas in Cork, Deauville, Cascais, Kiel and the Caribbean.
Helen joined Yachting World in 2016, and was formerly Deputy Editor of Yachts & Yachting magazine. She has also worked as a communications manager and writer for events such as the Vendée Globe, Barcelona World Race, Round the Island Race, and America’s Cup World Series.
Tel: +44 (0)1252 555177
Toby Hodges – Test Editor
Toby has sailed with his family on various craft since his earliest memories allow, before racing and teaching on dinghies in Devon throughout his school years. After completing his English Degree he became a deckhand aboard superyachts – sailing in the Med, Red Sea, UAE, Indian Ocean, and Atlantic and gaining his Yachtmaster qualification.
Toby spent five years writing for Yachting Monthly, before leaving his post as Technical Editor to spend a year down under. As Test Editor, Toby is responsible for the boat testing programme, as well as the gear section of the magazine, including New Gear and more extensive gear and equipment articles.
Tel: +44 (0)1252 555178
Rob Melotti – Production Editor
A former dinghy instructor at Southampton Water Activities Centre, Rob switched to marine publishing in 2004, becoming Production Editor at Yachting World in August 2016. He is a regular evening and weekend yacht racer in the Solent as well as a keen windsurfer with plans to buy a small yacht for some South Coast exploring with his family.
Tel: +44 (0)1252 555176
Robert joined Yachting World as Art Editor having previously worked in this role for Boat International, The Field and Shooting Times. He was trained at art college in Southend-on-Sea before travelling the world working on large yachts in the Mediterranean. He has twice won Time Inc. (UK) Ltd’s Designer of the Year Award and is a keen photographer and ornithologist.
Tel: +44 (0)1252 555180
Michael Beattie – Brand Manager
From Australia Michael joined the Yachting World ad team in 2000.
He has raced extensively around the world in events such as Antigua sailing week, Cowes Week, Cork Week, Swan Worlds, Fastnet race & Les Voiles de St Tropez on a variety of yachts from Maxis and Swan’s down to keel boats.
His other sporting passion is spending time in the mountains skiing and ski touring.
Michael now heads up our sailing ad team for Yachting World, SuperSail World, Yachting Monthly & Practical Boat Owner.
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