TheDailySail was originally founded under the name madforsailing.com and went live just prior to the Sydney Olympics in 2000. James Boyd joined as Editor in the spring of 2001. Two significant landmarks occurred during early 2002 when madforsailing picked up the Sealine Marine Media Award at the prestigious British Nautical Awards - the first website ever to do so. Shortly after madforsailing also became the first marine website to become fully subscription. In October 2002 madforsailing was acquired by Sailing Media Ltd, with James Boyd and Andy Nicholson as shareholders, and was relaunched under the name TheDailySail under who's auspices it continues to thrive.
James Boyd, Editor and Publisher
Son of UK marine industry figure Patrick Boyd, James spent much of his youth being dragged away on holidays on board his family's Iroquois catamarans to exotic destinations such as Chichester Harbour and the south of France. On leaving school he was offered the alternative of a four year Music degree or a prolonged trip to the Caribbean to teach music on board a yacht. Choosing the 'University of Life', a tour of the Caribbean was enough to confirm his desire for a career in yachting and soon after his return to the UK James became a partner in his father's yacht brokerage, Patrick Boyd Multihulls.
At the same time James became fascinated by the fledgling 1980s multihull racing circuit in France and so began a career in yachting photojournalism. After early articles appearing in Multihulls Magazine in the US and Yachts & Yachting, he was soon working regularly for magazines and newspapers around the world such as Yachting World and the Daily Telegraph newspaper in the UK to Kazi magazine in Japan, Multicoques magazine in France, Sailing and Sailing World in the USA, etc. In 1989 aged 24 he gave up yacht broking to take up a full time career in yachting journalism as Features Editor of Yachting World magazine. He was subsequently promoted to Assistant Editor until, after a 12 year tenure at the world's best yachting magazine, he was headhunted in 2001 to take up the editorship of madforsailing.
Aside from his written work, James is also employed by both radio and TV companies as an expert commentator on yacht racing, regularly contributes to magazines such as Yachting World, Sailing World and Zeilen and with fellow yachting journalist Andy Rice runs the media services company Sailing Intelligence.
He lives in West London, plays keyboards in the Incredibly Strange Film Band (available for weddings and bar-mitzvahs) and occasionally gets to drive his 1972 Triumph TR6 convertible.
Andy Nicholson, Commercial Director
Andy’s focus is on all the non-editorial aspects of TheDailySail. His role includes managing and developing the site, sales/marketing/pr and commercial opportunities, looking after subscribers and writing as required.
Andy caught the racing bug while at Portsmouth University after teenage sailing with his parents. A fine balance was struck at university which saw Andy graduate with a degree in Economics and Geography - and as holder of the Student Yachting World Cup.
Two subsequent years in the world of full-time sailing finally saw Andy arrive on the streets of London (the conversation started in the Caribbean with a Swedish TV Exec…) and start a career in advertising sales. Starting at ITV - when the audience really was 35 million people, then heading to the world of cool bar postcards and ultimately to the .com revolution - joining madforsailing ten years ago. Andy then joined James in TheDailySail.
Andy's racing has mostly been in one designs. He has competed at national and international level many times in classes such as the Cork 1720, Melges 24, Mumm 30 and Farr 40, usually as bowman. He has sailed across the North Atlantic in an IOR maxi and cruised the Channel in a Contessa 26. Favourite anecdotes include striking oil whilst practicing for the 2001 Farr 40 Worlds in the Solent, and Ian Walker saving his right foot from ‘amputation by spinnaker sheet’ in Miami. He is married to Jessica, an intrepid sailor herself, and is the doting father of daughter Maggie.