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.