Meet the team

  • Wed, 7 Oct 2009

Contacts and profiles for the Yachting World team

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Elaine Bunting - EditorElaine Bunting - features 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 four-yearly publication and that is the world's only title and website devoted to sailing superyachts.

Email: elaine_bunting@ipcmedia.com
Tel: +44 (0)20 3148 4831


Matthew Sheahan - Racing & Technical EditorMatthew Sheahan - racing editor

Matthew is Yachting World's Racing & Technical Editor. He attended the Southampton Institute where he qualified as a yacht designer and, before joining Yachting World, worked for the spar maker Proctor. He has a wide experience of top level racing which puts him in a good position to run the racing coverage for the magazine.

Email: matthew@sheahan.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 3148 4843


Toby Hodges - Test EditorToby Hodges - features writer

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.

Email: toby_hodges@ipcmedia.com
Tel: +44 (0)20 3148 4832


Belinda Bird - Production EditorBelinda Bird - production editor

Belinda has been a key part of the Yachting World team since joining in the mid-1980s. Handling the smooth running of copy and photographs between art department, repro house and printers.

E-mail: belinda_bird@ipcmedia.com
Tel: +44 (0)20 3148 4838


Robert Owen - Art Editor     Robert Owen - art editor

Robert has been Yachting World's Art Editor since 1992 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 IPC Media's Designer of the Year Award and is a keen photographer and ornithologist.

E-mail: robert_owen@ipcmedia.com
Tel: +44 (0)20 3148 4837


Maggie Nelson - Editorial Artist Maggie Nelson - editorial artist

Since 1983 Maggie has been responsible for all the illustration and graphic artistry appearing in both Yachting World and Motorboat and Yachting magazines. A wizard on Adobe Illustrator, Maggie served her apprenticeship in the technical drawing office of British Aerospace and spends her spare time studying Egyptology.

E-mail: maggie_nelson@ipcmedia.com
Tel: +44 (0)20 3148 4841


Vanda Woolsey - Picture Editor  Vanda Woolsey - picture editor

Vanda was the picture archivist for Northern Ireland's 'Historic Monuments & Buildings' before moving to Russia where she lectured for a couple of years, travelling extensively. On her return to the UK, she was a photographer's assistant for a major picture agency in London, trained as a radio reporter freelancing for the BBC, before moving across to write for magazines, though she's now back to her pictorial background.

E-mail: ywpictures@ipcmedia.com
Tel: +44 (0)20 3148 4835


Helen Dormer - Editorial Assistant Helen Bowley - editorial assistant

Helen learned to sail on the family Topper, but it wasn't until backpacking around New Zealand that she stepped onto her first yacht and immediately caught the bug. Since then she has cooked, crewed and skippered on charter-boats, superyachts, yacht deliveries and racing boats in New Zealand, Australia, the Med and the UK.

E-mail: helen_dormer@ipcmedia.com
Tel: +44 (0)20 3148 4842


 Alan Warren - Advertisement Manager
Alan joined Yachting World in 1978. His knowledge of the magazine and the industry is second to none. Alan's passion for the sport can be seen by the broad spectrum of sailing that he participates in. He successfully campaigns his Graduate at Chipstead Sailing Club and can be found in various locations around the world chartering, cruising or racing.

Tel: +44 (0)20 3148 4888
Fax:
+44 (0)20 3148 8128
Email:
alan_warren@ipcmedia.com


Michael Beattie - Assistant Advertisement Manager

From Australia Michael joined the Yachting World ad team in 2000. Before moving to the magazine he was working for The Daily Telegraph newspaper. He has raced extensively around the world in events such as Antigua Sailing Week, Cowes Week, Swan Worlds, Fastnet Race and Le Voiles de St Tropez, on a variety of yachts from Maxis and Swans down to keelboats. His other sporting passion is snow skiing.

Sales Areas: Australia, USA, Canada, Germany, Scandinavia, South Africa, Scotland, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
Tel: +44 (0)20 3148 4889
Fax: +44 (0)20 3148 8128
Email: michael_beattie@ipcmedia.com


Simon Spong - Senior Sales Executive

Simon joined the Yachting World ad sales team in September 2006 after spending six years working on our sister publication Yachting Monthly. Simon has sailed on the South Coast and in the West Country in the UK and has also chartered in Mexico. If you are interested in talking about cricket and rugby then Simon is your man.

Sales Areas:
London, Essex, Kent, Suffolk, Norfolk, Northern and West coast of France, Spain, Balearics, Belgium and Portugal.
Tel: +44 (0) 20 3148 4894
Fax: +44 (0) 20 3148 8128
Email: simon_spong@ipcmedia.com


Fiona Ismail - Advertisement Assistant

Fiona joined IPC Media back in 2001 and moved to the Yachting World team in 2003. If you call the main Yachting World ads number you will probably speak with Fiona. When she has finished an exhausting day organising everyone in the office she can usually be found at one of London's many theatres. Fiona works Monday to Wednesday.

Email:
fiona_ismail@ipcmedia.com
Tel: +44 (0)20 3148 4892
Fax: +44 (0)20 3148 8128


Pat Brook - Production Manager

Without doubt Pat is the engine room of the magazine. Her production expertise ensures the magazine makes it to the news stand each month. Pat's vast experience comes from a career working across a variety of media including international newspapers and a broad mix of magazines. She can be seen tapping her feet along to jazz and blues.

Email:
pat_brook@ipcmedia.com
Tel: +44 (0)20 3148 4896
Fax: +44 (0)20 3148 8128


Classified Advertisements

Tel: +44 (0)20 3148 2512
Email: tradeboats_ads@ipcmedia.com


Yachting World contributors

Skip Novak

Skip Novak was born in 1952. He is best known for racing in four Whitbread Round the World Yacht Races since 1977. At the age of 25 he navigated King's Legend to 2nd place, skippered Independent Endeavour in 1979, then Simon Le Bon's Drum in the 1985/86 race, coming 3rd. In 1989 he was project manager and skipper of Fazisi, the first Soviet entry in the Whitbread Race.

He has also raced round the world in maxi multihulls, co-skippering the 33m catamaran Innovation Explorer to 2nd place in The Race, the non-stop, no limits circumnavigation in 2001.
In 1987 he built Pelagic has since spent every season since in Antarctic waters, often leading combined climbing and sailing expeditions.

Skip contributes a regular column and the occasional feature to Yachting World.

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