Helen Fretter

Editor

Helen Fretter

Helen became Editor of Yachting World in 2021, having joined in 2016 as Deputy and a period as Acting  Editor. 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.

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.

Besides planning and commissioning content for Yachting World magazine and yachtingworld.com, Helen relishes the opportunity to get stuck into feature and profile writing and has interviewed many of the sport’s most fascinating characters.

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As the TP52 fleet sweeps around the bottom mark off Palma, eyes turn to the sky. This isn’t a predictable day’s racing in Mallorca. The 2021 Rolex TP52 World Championships…

“I stepped on board Volvo 70 Puma for the first time in Southampton to start trials for Team SCA for the Volvo Ocean Race. I’d just come from the Olympics…

The Frers dynasty is responsible for more than 1,300 yacht designs. Germán Frers, having last year celebrated his 80th birthday, remains one of the most prolific and sought after designers…

American sailor Ryan Finn has become the first yachtsman ever to sail around Cape Horn in a proa. Finn completed his New York to San Francisco solo record attempt on…

While going on a bluewater adventure with your family is a popular dream, the advantages of having a child that can understand instructions, occupy themselves with a book, and have…

Italian authorities have seized the largest sail-assisted superyacht ever built, the 143m (470ft) Sailing Yacht A, Italian news outlets are reporting. According to the Reuters news agency in Rome, the Italian…

“Kuka Light is the most extreme keelboat I have ever sailed,” explains Mitch Booth. “At 42ft and built in an autoclave she is VERY light and stiff. But when you…

“I’ve been fortunate to race on board and race against a great many boats I could nominate for my Coolest Yacht, but for me it would have to be the…

When the 2021 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) set off from Gran Canaria on November 21, there was one early sign this would be an unusual crossing: the 143 yachts…

“I’d been intrigued by solo or short-handed sailing since the early days of the BOC Challenge (Around Alone 5 Oceans) and was blown away by the wide beam Finot-Conq designs…

What is the mark of a truly great sailor? Is it an Olympic gold medal, an America’s Cup win, offshore racing victories – or something else? Because Australian Tom Slingsby…