SAIL's founding editor passes away

The founding editor of SAIL Magazine has died after a long illness. Murray Davis, an Australian by birth, arrived in America not by plane or by ocean liner but rather on a 45-foot ketch named Klang that he, his wife Barbara and their two young children had sailed from England.A consummate journalist, Davis always had with him a Rolodex stuffed with the names of many of the
Author:
Publish date:
Social count:
0

The founding editor of SAIL Magazine has died after a long illness. Murray Davis, an Australian by birth, arrived in America not by plane or by ocean liner but rather on a 45-foot ketch named Klang that he, his wife Barbara and their two young children had sailed from England.

A consummate journalist, Davis always had with him a Rolodex stuffed with the names of many of the best-known sailors in the world. His piece on Dick Carter’s controversial centerboarder Red Rooster in the January 1970 inaugural issue quickly established SAIL as a publication whose voice, although it was clear and true, wasn’t at all interested in merely singing along with the rest of the chorus.

Davis left the editorship of SAIL in the mid-seventies and

founded, with his wife Barbara, Cruising World magazine.

Although the two sold the publication to the New York Times

magazine group a decade later Davis not only continued on

as publisher for a number of years, he also continued to

enjoy the time he spent on the water traveling along

the East Coast aboard his boat.

Related

180521-Lead2048x

Volvo Fleet Heads to Europe

After days of rain, calms and fog, the Volvo Ocean Race Race fleet enjoyed perfect sailing conditions for the start of Leg 9 in Newport, Rhode Island, on Sunday. It then promptly plunged back into yet more fog as it headed offshore toward the finish in Cardiff, Wales, a little ...read more

TOTW_PromoSite

SAIL's Tip of the Week

Presented by Vetus-Maxwell.Got a tip? Send it to sailmail@sailmagazine.comImpeller Practice Engine raw-water pump impellers don’t last forever. Even if they are not destroyed by running the engine dry following a blockage, they still deteriorate with the years. If you’ve never ...read more

Waves1(1)

Know how: Weather 101, Basics

OverviewThe first thing to know is that “Weather 101, Basics” is a science course. Its goal is to prepare boaters for a second course launching later this year called “Weather 202, Advanced.” Taken together, these classes are designed to teach boaters to become their own weather ...read more

05-Close-reaching

Light-Air Sailing

Some of the best times aboard a cruising boat are in light airs—those quiet, relaxed sunny days with gentle sailing that just wouldn’t be the same if you were motoring. However, many cruising yachts are not set up to truly fullfill their potential in these kinds of conditions.One ...read more

VOR-BoatYard

Volvo Ocean Race: the Boatyard

The Volvo Ocean Race stopovers are a chance for sailors to rest between grueling legs of the race and for fans to enjoy seeing their favorite boats in person. Behind the scenes of the festivities, however, Nick Bice and his team of expert riggers, boatbuilders, sailmakers and ...read more

20160711_Klampe_Alu_013

Nomen: Folding Cleats

Springtime for CleatsIt’s not every day you see a new take on the humble cleat. There are two problems with these essential items: lines tend to get snagged in them when you least want them to and they attract bare toes with painful accuracy. German company Nomen, maker of the ...read more

WS-POD-600

Watt & Sea: Power Pod Hydrogenerators

Power PodHydrogenerators are an increasingly common addition to bluewater cruising boats, but for all their benefits many sailors don’t like to mount them on the transom, where they may interfere with self-steering gear or drop-down transom platforms. Instead, Watt & Sea’s new ...read more