James Boyd to take over, as Chisnell joins Ainslie at One World
Mark Chisnell will be joining Ben Ainslie at the One World America’s Cup challenge, and will be leaving Britain before the end of February to take up US residency in Seattle. He will continue to write exclusively for madforsailing.com as Editor at Large (albeit a small one).
Mark has made himself a tough act to follow, but James brings a wealth of skill and experience to handle the top job at madforsailing.com. James Boyd has been Assistant Editor of Yachting World since 1994 and at IPC Magazines for 12 years. He has covered every aspect of the sport and is a highly respected journalist, with particular experience of the international solo scene that is so prominent at the moment. So you might have seen him reporting for national television news from Les Sables d’Olonne.
James Boyd commented, "Since the British Olympic success and more recently Ellen’s triumph in the Vendee Globe, sailing has been big, big news and madforsailing.com has been at the forefront of this development. I’m looking forward to getting cracking."
James will be joining the team in the office shortly but until he gets his feet under the desk, Andy Rice will be stepping up from his part-time role as News Editor to a full-time role as editor. Andy has been working with madforsailing.com since the autumn and is a successful dinghy sailor as well as a great journalist, with the 49er national title to his credit.
So what now for Mark Chisnell? Back to getting his feet wet. "It’s going to take a few weeks to get back into the sailing, but I've been making the switch back and forth from reporting for a while, so it shouldn't take long to get into the swing of it again. I spent a week with the team in Auckland at the end of January and there’s a great atmosphere, I think it'll be easy to slot in - and I must confess I'm looking forward to getting a bit more fresh air!
"One World will be an exceptional team to work with, they've got fantastic sailors involved - Ben Ainslie amongst them. He's settled into his new role very quickly and I'm hoping he'll be showing me the ropes. I'll be joining the team as navigator, and these days the job is all about instrumentation, computer systems and information flow to the rest of the crew. This stuff has always been my speciality, particularly for inshore racing. Joining One World gives me the opportunity to work on these areas, and I've got plenty of ideas that I'm keen to get started on developing.
"But it was a really tough decision to give up the editor's job at madforsailing, I've been here since day one, and watching the site grow has been a fantastic experience. Although I'll still be writing, it obviously won't be the same as being here day-to-day, I'll miss the immediacy of the web, the bustle of the job and the buzz you get from a big story. Not to mention the feedback from the readers, and of course all the people that I've been working with - I didn't want to leave, and I couldn't say no to One World, the America's Cup has been a major personal goal for so long. It's been a tough few weeks wrestling with this decision and the consequences.
"But I’m delighted we’ve got James on board and that Andy Rice is also stepping up his involvement, they’re going to be a great team and I know the site will get better and better. Tony (Harris) and Jane (Duggan) have provided a fantastic opportunity for us to do this properly, and Ges (New) and Sian (Cowen) on the sailing team and everyone else at madforsport have worked so hard to make the site what it is.
"Many other people have also been incredibly supportive of what we're trying to do, from writers and photographers like Ed Gorman, Rick Tomlinson and Peter Bentley, to the sailors - Paul Brotherton, Iain Percy, Jim Saltonstall and of course Ian Walker, who's Olympic diary really set us off on the path that we wanted to travel. I’d like to thank them all, but most of all the users, ultimately they are the people that make the site, madforsailing has a buzz about it, and that comes from those users - long may it continue. Thanks for all your support."