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.