Blue Hill, Maine
Baarlo, the Netherlands
Jamaica Plain, Mass.
Martha's Vineyard, Mass.
New York, NY
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
West Bath, Maine
Pretoria, South Africa
Dana Point, Calif.
Deer Isle, Maine
Deer Isle, Maine
Lucia del Sol Knightof Brooksville, Maine, sails Owl, a 34' John Alden-designed Casey cutter, out of Buck's Harbor, South Brooksville, Maine. She began The Encyclopedia of Yacht Designers in late 1994, recruiting Dan MacNaughton from the outset to write entries while she did the research. This led to the recruitment of over 85 additional writers worldwide as the Encyclopedia became more comprehensive. Lucia and Dan were colleagues at WoodenBoat magazine in the late 1970's. She is also the Director of Lucia's Little Houses, a portfolio of small-house plans designed by her husband, architect Bob Knight.
Daniel B. MacNaughtonof Belfast, Maine, is a Project Manager at Rockport Marine, a yard on Penobscot Bay that builds and maintains wooden boats. At one time he was Associate Editor of WoodenBoat magazine, and his articles have appeared there and in Maine Boats & Harbors and The Quoddy Tides. He sails the 1925 Atkin ketch Eric, and is chief writer and co-editor of The Encyclopedia of Yacht Designers.
Bent Aarre ~ Born in Copenhagen, Bent grew up sailing with his father on an Alfred Benzon-designed boat. He’s raced and cruised ever since. He’s written 21 books about racing, learning to sail, handbooks, and books about the history of yachting in Denmark. Many have been translated into German, Dutch, and English. In 1996 he started a maritime museum of Danish yachts and sailing in a castle called Valdemars Slot on the island of Fyn in the middle of Denmark. The museum presently has 70 boats.
B. Devereux Barker III~ Dev was an editor at Yachting magazine from 1962 - 1972 and edited the Design Section for five years. He's raced to Bermuda 12 times, run an America's Cup as chairman of the NYYC Race Committee in 1970, is on the Board of the American Sail Training Association, and a member of the America's Cup Hall of Fame Selection Committee. From Manchester, Massachusetts, he switched from cruising sailboats to his present Fortier-33 ("which is still open to family debate").
Albert B. Boardman III~ Barney grew up sailing on Long Island Sound. He spent many years racing and crewing aboard Madrigal, his family's 47' Sparkman &Stephens yawl. He presently lives in Blue Hill with his wife Penelope. He holds degrees in engineering and biology and manages Precision Metal Works, a custom marine hardware machining facility.
Anne Bray ~ Anne has been in charge of the research library at WoodenBoat magazine since 1982. Besides compiling the WoodenBoat Index, her publications include the bi-annual Register of Wooden Yachts, Designs to Inspire (with husband Maynard Bray), Boat Plans at Mystic Seaport (also with Maynard), and The Directory of Wooden Boat Builders. She and Maynard sail their 1926 33'6" N.H. Herreshoff yawl Aida out of Center Harbor, Brooklin, Maine.
Rutger ten Broeke ~ From Baarlo, the Netherlands, Rutger has sailed all his life, the last 30 with his wife Blanka. For the last fifteen years, they have sailed the Sparkman & Stephens-designed yawl Laughing Gull, acquired in the United States and sailed by them over to Holland. Currently occupied as a professor at the school of the arts “AKI,” he is an editor-journalist for the magazines Spiegel der Zielvaart, WoodenBoat, and Foto, and has translated several books on sailing and photography into Dutch. Together with his son Andre, Rutger also repairs and maintains wooden boats. The ten Broekes sail in northern Europe, in particular on the Baltic and around Scandinavia.
John S. Carter~ John has extensive experience working in maritime museums: for the last nine years he has been the President/CEO of Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia. He also served as Curator at the Peabody Museum of Salem, Massachusetts, and Shipwright at Mystic Seaport Museum. Before that, he was the Director of the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, Maine for eight years.
Volker Christmann ~ Volker has assembled what many people feel is the finest nautical library in Europe. As Editorial Board member responsible for the German entries, he identified and found writers for the vast majority of the 27 German yacht designers in the EYD. He owned the Henry Rasmussen-designed Regina (ex-Konigen) for many years. He lives in Wiesbaden, Germany.
Fridtjof Gunkel~ As co-editor in-chief of the German magazine Yacht for nearly 20 years, Fridtjof is responsible for such technical aspects of yachting as tests, boatbuilding, design and designers, and historical yachts. He was born on the island of Heligoland in the North Sea and began sailing as the age of eight. He raced intensively in races such as the Admiral's Cup, the Sardinia Cup and Ton-Cup, a Southern Ocean leg of the Whitbread Race as well as lots of cruising in various parts of the world. .
Kennosuke Hayashi~ Ken has long had an interest in America's Cup yachts and was a chief IOR/IMS measurer in the 1980's. He is a practicing yacht designer and Japanese nautical writer. He lives in Kanagawa-ken, Japan
Llewellyn Howland III~ Louie Howland of Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts is a maritime book publisher, bookseller, and historian. He has contributed biographies of the yacht designers W. Starling Burgess and Walter McInnes, among other famous yachting figures, to WoodenBoat magazine. He is the author of The New Bedford Yacht Club, a History and, with the late Gerald Morris, of Yachting in America. His early enthusiasm for the Encyclopedia and ability to work creatively with us to make such a complex and ambitious project possible has been invaluable.
James Jermain ~ From Winchester, England, James has spent the last 20 years at Yachting Monthly magazine. He was Editor for two years prior to accepting his current position as Consultant Editor where he’ll be developing a number of editorial projects.
Robert Johnstone~ Bob is an accomplished sailor and the marketing wizard behind J-Boat's phenomenal success. In 2003, he founded MJM Yachts to launch the new Doug Zurn designed 34z. He and his wife Mary divide their time between Boston and Northeast Harbor, where he is active on the Down East racing circuit.
Virginia Crowell Jones~ A native of Martha's Vineyard, Ginny was educated as a cultural anthropologist at U. Penn. She worked at Mystic Seaport as a secretary/researcher in the duPont Preservation Shipyard until moving back to the Vineyard in 1985 to work for the Gannon and Benjamin Boat Yard in Vineyard Haven. She is an ocean sailing sea cook, an environmentalist, islander, writer, and mother of a Vineyard farming daughter and San Diego-based wooden boat building son.
Robert W. Knight~ Bob started racing at the Riverton Yacht Club on the Delaware River in the 1950's and 1960's in a local one-design catboat called a Duster. Later he raced in Starboats with his father Charles Knight in Riverton and on the Chesapeake Bay. He is an architect with a custom residential design practice on the coast of Maine since 1976. Sailing out of Buck’s Harbor, South Brooksville, Maine, he and his wife Lucia cruise on their 34' John Alden-designed Casey cutter Owl. He is the author of A House on the Water, (Taunton Press 2003). He wrote many captions for the EYD and could not have been more supportive of the EYD.
Claas van der Lindelives in Switzerland, works in the United States, and grew up in North Germany. He has sailed since age five, first on early catamarans, then for the past 25 years on his family's Sparkman & Stephens ketch on the North Sea and Baltic. Nonetheless, for pure sailing pleasure, nothing will beat his 27' all-carbon catamaran at 20-plus knots. Claas has been researching multihull history for many years, particularly that fascinating decade following 1876 when more than one hundred catamarans were built and raced in the United States and elsewhere.
Ulf and Gunilla Lycke ~ Ulf and Gunilla are long-time skerry cruiser sailers. They helped to guide the EYD with all the Swedish entries, writing five of them themselves. They live in Nyköping, Sweden and sail during their summers in Varberg. Ulf is the author of Alingsås Segelsållskap.
James L. Mairs~ Jim Mairs, formerly Vice President and Senior Editor at W.W. Norton & Company, where he worked since 1963, is currently Editor-at-large with Norton and Publisher of his own company, The Quantuck Lane Press. In addition to history, art, and photography, he edits books on classic yachts (and he's editing The Encyclopedia of Yacht Designers). He is the owner, with the Gannon and Benjamin Boat Yard on Martha's Vineyard, of When and If, General George Patton's beautiful Alden schooner.
Luis Sáenz Mariscal ~ Luis lives in Madrid, Spain.
Iain McAllister ~ A native of Scotland, Iain lives in Denmark where he is a freelance nautical journalist. He was curator of the Royal and Northern Yacht Club and former caption of the William Fife III's Solway Maid.
Adrian Morgan~ Adrian Morgan, formerly of London, England, now works as a boatbuilder in the Highlands of Scotland, specializing in Norwegian double-enders. He is also a nautical journalist, Contributing Editor at Classic Boat magazine, and writes for most of the British nautical magazines. He keeps a 1937 Giles cutter near Ullapool, Wester Ross, and reckons the 1930's were the best era for both design and building.
Marilyn Mower ~ Marilyn is the Editor-at-Large at ShowBoats International magazine and a 29-year veteran of the yachting press, including sixteen spent at ShowBoats International; other credits include The Megayacht Century, and Caribbean Cusine: A Culinary Voyage.
Bette Kough Noble (1944-2002) ~ Bette was an early supporter of the EYD, and did extensive research for the EYD and reviewed and edited every single entry in it. She accompanied Lucia all over the Boston/Cambridge area as the search for illustrations took them to Hart Nautical Collections at M.I.T. Museum; the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (SPNEA); the Peabody Essex Museum, and to various designers' offices.
Jay Paris ~ Yacht designer Jay Paris is the Technical Consultant for Sail magazine. He lives in West Bath, Maine.
David Payne~ Nephew of America’s Cup designer Alan Payne, David is a self taught yacht designer from Sydney, Australia. He has a wide sailing background, and has been involved with the design of racing and cruising yachts, as well as restoration and conservation projects with the Australian National Maritime Museum. He currently paddles his sea kayak as time permits.
Tom Roach ~ Tom initially joined the Editorial Board to represent both Canadian and South African yacht designers and has gone on to edit many entries and write captions as well as writing eleven entries. His wife Lucy is a Canadian High Commissioner and was stationed in South Africa prior to being assigned to India last year.
John Rousmaniere ~ A historian and sailing writer, John wrote Sleek, After the Storm, The Golden Pastime: A New History of Yachting, The Low Black Schooner: Yacht America, 1851-1945, The Annapolis Book of Seamanship, Fastnet, Force 10, and other books, and he edited Olin Stephens' autobiography, All This and Sailing, Too, as well as Desirable and Undesirable Characteristics of Offshore Yachts. He is currently at work on a book on the yawl Bolero. A member of the Editorial Advisory Board of The Encyclopedia of Maritime History, and a member and former chairman of the Selection Committee of the America’s Cup Hall of Fame, he has been sailing for many years, including three transAtlantics, a dozen passages to and from Bermuda, and numerous small-boat championships. John is a graduate of Columbia University and lives in Stamford, Connecticut and New York with his wife, mystery writer Leah Ruth Robinson.
David Ryder-Turner ~ David has been particularly helpful with the British yacht designers practicing during yachting's Golden Age prior to 1939. He belongs to several classic yacht associations and has vast knowledge of the two best-known Scotish yacht designers, William Fife III and George Watson. He is a practicing yacht designer and lives in Helensburg, Scotland.
Thomas G. Skahill ~ A serious Star Class racer plus a veteran of many major ocean races, Tom grew up sailing small craft and dinghies around Los Angeles Harbor and Newport Harbor. He has written on maritime history and naval architects, profiling some of the major west coast designers and the yacht yards that produced many of their prominent designs. Until recently, he and his wife Patricia motored their 1941 Matthews 38’ cruiser out of Newport Harbor.
Jack A. Somer ~ Jack was trained in engineering and music in his hometown of New York City, then spent fifteen years in the music industry as a research engineer, record producer, and executive. He is the discoverer of José Feliciano. In 1971 Jack turned his hobby of sailing into a profession, skippering ocean racers, making deliveries, and running private and charter yachts in United States, Caribbean, and Mediterranean waters. In 1982, after freelancing for Yachting magazine, he joined the staff as an Associate Editor, later becoming Editor-In-Chief. Since leaving Yachting, Jack has done much magazine and commercial writing and is author of four books about extraordinary yachts: Juliet: The Creation of a Masterpiece (1993); Izanami (1995); Ticonderoga: Tales of an Enchanted Yacht (1997); and Athena (2005). He has also written six books on commercial and naval shipbuilding, maritime history, and the chronicles of yachtbuilding. He is a co-author of The America's Cup (1983), and a dual contributor to the anthology 80 Years of Yachting (1987). Jack lives in Stamford, Connecticut, where he collects antique sea charts and never goes sailing.
Jacques Taglang ~ Jacques is best known for the books he co-wrote with François Chevalier: J-Class The Ultimate Reference; America’s Cup Yacht Designs 1851-1986,; the two-volume American and British Yacht Designs; J Class Endeavour 1934-1984; and Velox. He lives with his wife Luce in Strasbourg, France. Jacques enjoys Chicago Blues, Bordeaux wines, and America.
Ricardo Notarbartolo di Villarosa ~ A foredeck man on Class 1 IOR yachts in many Mediterranean races in the seventies, Ricardo is the chief editor of the magazine Yacht Digest, an Italian magazine devoted to vintage and classic yachts. He has been a long time contributor to the yachting column of the daily Corriere della Sera.
Cynthia Voigt ~ An English teacher-turned novelist, Cynthia reviewed and ruthlessly edited numerous entries in the EYD, bringing order, consistency, and common sense to them all. She won the Newbery Award in 1983 for her book for young adults, Dicey's Song. She lives in Deer Isle, Maine.
Walter Voigt ~ Presently living on Deer Isle, Maine, Walter immigrated from Germany in 1949 and settled in the Chesapeake Bay area after he graduated from St. John’s College in Annapolis. Between schooling and teaching, he restored and sailed first a Lightning and then a Dragon. Moving to Maine in 1988 to teach at a small private school, he recently took early retirement. His current passions include nautical research, playing the bassoon, playing tennis, and motoring his 16-foot skiff among the islands off Deer Isle.
Bob Wallstromis a marine surveyor and earned the NAMS-CMS designation from the National Association of Marine Surveyors, one of only 400 to be so designated. He has been a yacht and small craft designer and operated the Yacht Design Institute with Ted Brewer. He worked at Luders Marine Construction Company at the beginning of his career, and is presently writing a history of the company. He lives with his wife Pat in Brownfield, Maine.
Joel White (1930-1997) ~ Before Joel died, he made profound contributions to the Encyclopedia by painstakingly reviewing our annotated list of 1,100 possible designers. He wrote extensively for WoodenBoat magazine, and with Benjamin Mendlowitz wrote Wood, Water and Light. He was the owner of the Brooklin Boat Yard in Brooklin, Maine before turning the business over to his son, Steve. Joel designed numerous fine sail and power boats.