Sail-World Team is a combination of several editors plus editorial and content contributors based in many locations around the globe to ensure the ability to deliver 24 hour news coverage from quality sources around the world.

The NZ editor, Richard Gladwell, is part of this team who travel to cover some major events and deliver the news that matters to our large international readership. Some others are listed here with many more team members working in the background.

Richard GladwellRichard Gladwell
Sail-World New Zealand’s Editor Richard Gladwell is highly regarded in the NZ and global marine media plus the general media as one of the go to journalists on sailing issues. A freelance sailing correspondent since 1983 with NZ Nautical News, Boating NZ (founder), New Zealand Yachting, Sailing New Zealand, and Pacific Yachting magazines. The ex commodore of the Takapuna and the Wakatere Boating Clubs Richard has also served on the Yachting NZ board and YNZ Olympic committee. This ex ISAF International Umpire and Judge is also on the America’s Cup Hall of Fame selection panel.

ColinPrestonColin Preston
An ex engineer and tutor Colin has been with since 2007 as New Zealand’s sales representative. Born into a boating family who had raced Mullet boats and 18 footers plus an uncle who crewed a Sydney Hobart winner Colin continues the family passion for sailing following a childhood of cruising the Hauraki Gulf.
Colin has 45 years of sailing many keelboat classes, races and regattas. Two SSANZ 2 Handed Series wins in a Farr 1020, a 3rd Masters in one of 3 OKI 24hr Laser races and podium places in many other crewed yachts keep him keen for more. These days he can be found racing on a Beneteau First 45, Etchells or other keelboat around Auckland’s harbour.

Mark Jardine

Mark Jardine. Managing Editor
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 nationals events in dinghies and sportsboats.

Guy NowellGuy Nowell
Guy  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 SchmidtDavid Schmidt
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 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!


RupertHolmesRupert 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.


HelenFretterHelen 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.



LouayHabibLouay 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.



DavidHenshallDavid ‘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.

JohnKerrJohn Kerr
John has been active in the sport of sailing and the business of publishing for many years. As an Olympic medallist in 1984 in the Soling class with Hans Fogh and Steve Calder, Kerr has competed internationally winning key titles in all continents including 3 European Championships. Active in the Support of sailing as a 2 time director of Sail Canada, Kerr currently sits on the Canadian Olympic committee. In publishing Kerr has chaired key publishing associations, served on the BPA World Wide board and is active in online publishing as well.

GregNicollGreg Nicoll
Greg has been with Sail-World for six years representing sales and marketing for North America. He spent his youthful years racing Solings, Lightnings, and for many years did fore-deck for his wife and Skipper Katie on their J24 Quick Nick until being replaced by someone younger, faster, stronger and better. They are still married. Currently Greg is Publisher of Canadian Yachting Magazine and Boating Industry Canada. When not covering sailing regattas, Greg writes the “Galley Guy” articles about his travels and food indulgences.