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Advertising & Marketing

Peter Rendle, Australian & North American Advertising Sales

Peter has sailed since he was 14 in the UK. He emigrated to Australia in 1975 and worked as a district sales manager for Rank Xerox for nine years before joining Baird Publication selling the advertising for Nautical News magazine. In 1997 he joined Yaffa Publications and was the National Sales Manager for Australian Yachting, Australian Sailing, Cruising Helmsman magazines and the mysailing online site. He left Yaffa after 18 years to join the Sail-World team, and is responsible for sales in Australia and North America. He has sailed at many regattas and offshore races in Australia and overseas.

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Our Worldwide Editorial Team

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.

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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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John Curnow

John Curnow

John Curnow is Sail-World’s International Cruising Editor, Sail-World’s Australian Editor, and Powerboat.World editor.

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  • Racing – Small to Grand Prix. 2003 Cape to Rio, a 3800nm, Category Zero event. Three Westcoasters, four Sydney Hobarts, and countless Bass Strait races.
  • Cruising - Atlantic from Canaries to Florida. Italy, France, Spain, Balearics, Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily, Morocco. Florida, Bahamas, Caribbean, Brazil, Venezuela. Round Tasmania, Australian East coast to Lizard Island, and the top out of Darwin.
  • Powerboats - Behind the wheel of family powerboat from age eight, and commanded full displacement to 50 knot planning hulls. Driving media boats while photographing and reporting. Spent two years on a 180 foot superyacht. Highlight was helming it up the river to Seville, Spain.
  • Fishing - Inshore on NT rivers, also Princess Charlotte Bay, and offshore at the Ribbon Reefs. Interested in science of sustainable fishing, covers NSW Game Fishing Interclub events.
  • Photography/Videography/Radio/TV - Three decades at top end of advertising agency/marketing world. Photography and videography for print and TV commercials. His editorials and boat reviews often feature full multimedia suite.
  • Event Coverage - Etchells class since 2010, Hobarts since 2008. Media face of the Melbourne to Hobart for three years, ABC Grandstand, and other Australian TV and radio networks.
  • Feature/Commercial writing - Adjudged the most widely read marine commercial writer in Australia, John does not just write stories, he engages people to ensure they read and absorb, right to the end. Brands, associations, and events harness his advertising and marketing experience and understanding of technology to get the most readable and entertaining material for all their stakeholders - from sailors to the wider community. John’s passion for the water is imbued in all the material he delivers.

Richard Gladwell, New Zealand Editor

Richard Gladwell

Richard been covering sailing since 1983. He started as a sailing correspondent for three print publications, before switching to the web in 2003 and then to in 2005. Richard sailed for over 50 years, competing in several world championship, usually in boats he built himself, the 1983 Admiral's Cup and has won four NZ national titles.

His speciality 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 (20years) and Umpire (10years) 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 US-based America’s Cup Hall of Fame and was a selector for the NZ Sailor of the Year for 10 years.

He has been the Commodore of two prominent Auckland dinghy clubs and been part of the organising committee of eight World Championships.

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Richard has covered every America’s Cup since 1983 attending five Matches (2000, 2003, 2010, 2013 and 2017) as a journalist and/or photographer and covering the rest remotely. He attended the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympics as a journalist and photographer.

In 2016 he placed 5th in the Mirabaud World Yacht Racing Image of the Year with a shot from the 470 class in the 2016 Olympics.

In 2017 he wrote and illustrated with 140 of his images "Lone Wolf - How Emirates Team New Zealand Stunned the World." The book sold out within two months of publication and was the biggest selling sports book in New Zealand in 2017.

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Guy Nowell, Asia Editor

Guy Nowell

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.

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David Schmidt, North America Editor

David Schmidt

As the U.S. editor of, 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).

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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.

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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.

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