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Helen Fretter – Editor
Helen became Editor in 2021, having joined Yachting World in 2016 as Deputy Editor and spent a period as Acting Editor. She was formerly Deputy Editor of another sailing magazine, and 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. She has covered many events, both racing and cruising, during her time at Yachting World, including the World ARC and ARC Europe, following the last edition of the Volvo Ocean Race around the world, the Rolex Fastnet Race, and many others. 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 high-profile and fascinating characters.
Toby Hodges – Test Editor
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.
As a teenager Julian restored a 16ft wooden motorboat and then went on to an apprenticeship as a boatbuilder in New Zealand before switching careers and entering journalism. As a reporter on a national daily newspaper he covered everything from politics to royal tours. Saturday afternoons spent working on a sister sports paper meant reporting on international car rallies, rugby and sailing and motorboat racing events on the Hauraki Gulf. He has since worked for an aerospace magazine, regional newspapers and been editor of a successful free weekly.
Julian was more recently production editor for Practical Boat Owner where his practical boating knowledge proved particularly useful.
Robert joined Yachting World as Art Editor 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 Time Inc. (UK) Ltd’s Designer of the Year Award and is a keen photographer and ornithologist.
Fox Morgan – Tech Editor
Hailing from that well known seafaring port of Chesterfield and brought up with a family of engineers, Fox Morgan is an STCW, GMDSS and YM Ocean qualified maritime professional as well as NCTJ qualified photojournalist since 1997. On the water, they go by the name Captain Flashheart.
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 Future’s marine titles in March 2019.
Toby Heppell – Senior 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.
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