Yachting Monthly is at the heart of the British yachting market and is for people who actively sail their boats – whether cruising across the channel, around the coast or further afield in blue waters.
It provides an entertaining mix of vital information for cruising yachtsmen with all levels of experience, which maximises their enjoyment, increases their skills and gives them the confidence to broaden their horizons.
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Theo Stocker – Editor
Having caught the bug for yacht cruising as a teenager on the rivers of the East Coast, Theo has since explored far and wide under sail – north to the Lofoten Islands, south to Morocco, the Gambia and Senegal, east to the Baltic and the Mediterranean and west to the Caribbean.
He sailed the family Hallberg Rassy 31 for a number of years, but is now the proud owner of a Sadler 29, kept on the Lymington river, from where he and his wife Georgie cruise both sides of the English Channel with their son.
After stints in the Royal Navy and in public relations in the City, Theo combined the best of both worlds and began writing for Yachting Monthly as a freelance contributor. He joined the team in 2014 and has been editing the magazine since 2017.
Katy Stickland – Deputy Editor
With a journalism career spanning more than 20 years, Katy Stickland has worked for local newspapers, the BBC, regional Caribbean publications and Tobago News – the island’s only newspaper.
She ran a marine services company in Tobago with her husband John, living aboard their S&S 34 in Store Bay, before returning to the UK. She previously wrote for the Yachting and Boating World website. Katy is also a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer.
Laura Hodgetts – Cruising Editor
Prior to joining the YM team in April 2020, Laura worked full time for YM’s sister title Practical Boat Owner magazine for more than seven years as news and website editor.
After graduating with a 1st in BA (Hons) Multi-Media Journalism at Bournemouth University, Laura worked for Digital Photographer magazine as a staff writer, before taking voluntary redundancy to go travelling.
Laura then joined the Dorset Echo as a news reporter, completing the NCTJ senior news reporter qualifications. Laura’s love of watersports saw her write the Echo’s Afloat page and become the Echo’s accredited reporter for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic sailing events, held in Weymouth and Portland.
Laura has passed the RYA day skipper, dinghy sailing level 2, powerboat level 2, windsurfing and kitesurfing beginner, and PADI advanced open water diving courses.
Neil Singleton – Art Editor
Sarah Williams – Sub Editor
Chris’s boating career began in his teens, when he worked on the River Wey as a narrowboat instructor. After leaving university, he worked on several magazines before joining Motor Boats Monthly in 2014 as News Editor – a title he also held at Motor Boat & Yachting and Boat International, before being appointed as Group Digital Editor of TI Media’s marine titles in March 2019.
Toby Heppell – Digital Staff Writer
Toby was born to a dinghy racing family and was surrounded by sailing more-or-less from birth. He received his first boat – a bright red Optimist dinghy – for his fourth birthday and has been out on the water as often as possible from then on. He has won World and National titles and captained his University sailing team. It was during his time at university he discovered keelboat racing and continues to sail big and small boats to this day.
After leaving university in 2005 he got a job writing for an online sailing publication and has continued writing for both cruising and racing publications ever since, covering two Olympic Games and other events across the globe.
Julia Jones – Literary contributor
Julia Jones was born in Woodbridge, Suffolk and spent much of her childhood on board Peter Duck, the yacht that had been built for Arthur Ransome. Her bunk was created from the space where Ransome had planned to store his typewriter — it was the perfect reading spot. Julia read English at Bristol University. After opening a bookshop in the Essex village of Ingatestone, Julia developed a local publishing business under the Sarsen imprint. Julia has also worked as a part-time OFSTED lay inspector, an adult education tutor, and community organiser. Julia completed a PhD with a thesis on Family Fictions at University of Surrey. She now runs the Golden Duck publishing company with her husband Francis, is editor of The Deben magazine and a co-founder of John’s Campaign dementia support group, in addition to being YM’s literary contributor. Julia has written many books, both fiction and non-fiction. She still owns and sails Peter Duck, sometimes with her own children and grandchildren.
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