Writers

THIS IS A NEWLY EXPANDED PART OF OUR WEB SITE. Prior to this, we simply listed writers' names. Now we include short bios. As we get information from the 87 writers about themselves, we will update the site. The bios will be published in the EYD following the Introduction.             
~Lucia del Sol Knight, July 14, 2004.

 

ABOUT THE WRITERS
 

ABOUT THE WRITERS

Bent Aarre is the author of 21 books about yachting and also co-founded Denmark's Yachting Museum at Valdemar's Castle on the island of Fyn, Denmark.

Klaus Auf dem Garten realizes his boyhood dreams of seafaring and sailing as a historian, writing books on shipyards such as Abeking & Rasmussen and Burmester.

B. Devereux Barker III grew up sailing in Marblehead, Massachusetts, edited Yachting magazine's Design Section 1962-72, and has chaired America's Cup and Newport-Bermuda Race Committees.

Franco Belloni is the author of books on the history of sailing, including 150 Years of Sailing in Italy, and contributes to Italian nautical magazines.

Pol Bergius, sawyer and sailor, credits his forebears and a venerable pilot cutter for kindling his enthusiasm for all maritime traditions and innovation.

Martin Black has not let two Fastnets and crewing on the slowest Etchells in Cowes stop him from researching George L. Watson and his designs.

Maynard Bray has been intimately involved with boats since childhood — as owner, builder, author, and editor. His books include Herreshoff of Bristol (with Carlton Pinheiro).

Rutger ten Broeke sails the S&S yawl Laughing Gull in the Netherlands. He is an editor-journalist for the magazines Spiegel der Zielvaart, WoodenBoat, and Foto.

Erdmann Braschos, launched 1960, familiarized with sheet and tiller slightly later, various educational attempts, publishing maritime since 1987, prefers a 52-ft Knud Reimers design.

François Chevalier is a yacht designer and writer living in Paris. His books include J Class and America's Cup Yacht Designs, written with Jacques Taglang.

Volker Christmann: After sailing his 51' Abeking & Rasmussen yacht through the Mediterranean for ten years, Volker has collected 1,000-feet of sailing books and magazines.

Dave Cox lives in Durban, South Africa and wrote the Angelo Lavranos entry for the EYD.

Carol Crosby grew up surrounded by Crosby boatbuilders in Osterville, Massachusetts. She spends her spare time working on a book about her family's history.

Penny Cuthbert is Curator of Sport and Leisure History at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney.

Peter Daniels learned sailing on the Norfolk Broads and has always been fascinated with Linton Hope. He sailed the 2003 Round Britain Experience to celebrate his 70th birthday.

Ian Dear ~ Ian Dear has written several maritime books. He is the editor of a new edition of The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea.

Robin Elliott of Auckland, New Zealand co-owns the 1947 Bob Stewart-designed M Class Matana. He wrote Emmy, 70 Years of M Class Yachting in 1994.

Daina Fletcher is Senior Curator at the Australian National Maritime Museum. She is responsible for the boat collections and is co-ordinating the Museum's Australian Register of Historic Vessels.

Egmont Friedl sailed to and worked in California, England, and Italy before returning to Germany. He is a professional boatbuilder and yachtmaster, author of two books.

Dominique Gabirault lives in Paris and wrote the Martin Francis, Richard Hein, and Peter Ibold entries.

Tom Gallant lives in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia where he sails his David Stevens-designed schooner, Avenger.

Piero M. Gibellini, architect and collector of vintage boats, is President of the Riva Historical Society, the Federation of Riva clubs in the world, and is Carlo Riva's biographer.

JoAnn W. Goddard is the senior reporter for Soundings magazine, a major source of the nation's boating news. She also has a passion for sailing.

Amadeo González co-wrote the Pepin González entry and lives in Spain.

Joseph Gribbins was publications director at Mystic Seaport Museum and the author of The Wooden Boat, Wooden Boats from Sculls to Yachting, and Classic Sail.

Noël Gruet, a former fisherman, is co-founder and co-editor of Les Cahiers du Bassin, a publication dedicated to the maritime life in the Bassin d'Arcachon, France.

Kennosuke Hayashi is a yacht designer and writer about yachting in Japan. He was a chief IOR/IMS measurer in the 1980's.

Rebecca Hayter is editor of Boating New Zealand magazine. She owns a 26-foot yacht, has sailed 10,000 offshore miles, and has published two sailing biographies.

Llewellyn Howland III is a writer and antiquarian bookseller specializing in yachting history. He is currently at work on a biography of W. Starling Burgess.

Douglas Hunter is past editor of Canadian Yachting magazine and co-wrote (with designer Steve Killing) the 1998 book, Yacht Design Explained.

Tim Jeffery is yachting correspondent of London's The Daily Telegraph, yacht racing author, magazine writer, and member of the Cape Horners' Association.

Jon B. Johansen is the publisher of Maine Coastal News and does extensive ship research. He is also owner of the historic 117-foot tug Saturn.

Sir Peter Johnson (1930-2003) wrote fifteen books on sailing and yacht racing handicap systems and records, including The Encyclopedia of Yachting and This is Sailing.

Gregory O. Jones, former editorial staffer with Classic Boat and Sailing, now senior editor with Blue Water Sailing and is the author of two sailing history books.

Robert Keeley is past Editor of the Australian magazine Cruising Helmsman and currently edits Australian Photography magazine. He has sailed Cherubs, Moth Class skiffs, and yachts.

Harold Kidd ~ New Zealand marine historian Kidd has restored several yachts, including the 1880 Logan-designed Jessie Logan. He co-wrote Southern Breeze, A History of New Zealand Yachting.

Steve Knauth's stepfather took him sailing in a Blue Jay at age eight. He began writing in 1986. He's been honored twice by Boating Writers International.

Lucia del Sol Knight is the creator/co-editor of The Encyclopedia of Yacht Designers. She sails her 34' John Alden-designed cutter out of Buck's Harbor, Maine.

Michael D. König wrote the Kurt Oehlmann entry and lives in Aichhalden, Germany.

Alfredo Lagos Jr. lives in Spain and co-wrote the Joaquín Coello and Iñigo Echenique entries.

Alfredo Lagos Sr. wrote the entry on Fernando Lagos and co-wrote the Joaquín Coello and Iñigo Echenique entries, and lives in Spain.

Kristin Lammerting is the author of the 1999 book Meteor, Die kaiserlichen Segelyachten about Kaiser Wilhelm II's five yachts named Meteor.

Pete Lesher is curator of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland and crews on the 1882 Chesapeake sailing log canoe Island Bird.

Neil Francis Libbey is a historian and author of Portside: An Early History of The Royal Cape Breton Yacht Club. He resides in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

Claas van der Linde has been researching multihull history for many years. His 27' all-carbon catamaran tears around Lake Geneva at speeds exceeding 20 knots.

Ulf and Gunilla Lycke from Sweden have for a long time been sailing skerry cruisers. Ulf has written books about the history of Swedish yacht clubs.

John Lynch-Cummins lives in Spain and cruises the Mediterranean in his North Wind 40 designed by Angus Primrose.

Daniel B. MacNaughton of Rockland, Maine sails the William Atkin-designed ketch Eric, a 1924 double-ender. He is chief writer and co-editor of The Encyclopedia of Yacht Designers.

Iain McAllister ~ Iain's interest in yachting history was sparked off on discovery that his great-grandfather crewed G.L. Watson's Thistle in the 1887 America's Cup match.

Sheila McCurdy is a freelance nautical writer and daughter of yacht designer Jim McCurdy. She lives in Rhode Island.

Robert McKenna, a former U.S. Coast Guard officer, is a magazine and book editor and author of The Dictionary of Nautical Literacy.

Jeffrey Mellefont, variously a wharf labourer, tuna fisherman, yacht skipper, magazine editor, and maritime ethnographer, is publications manager at the Australian National Maritime Museum.

Silvia Minas of Genoa, Italy, wrote the entry on Bruno Veronese.

Marilyn Mower is a 29-year veteran of the yachting press, including 16 spent editing ShowBoats International; other credits include The Megayacht Century, and Caribbean Cuisine: A Culinary Voyage.

Bette Noble (1944-2002) was an early supporter of the EYD, doing extensive research and editing. She accompanied Lucia all over the Boston area searching for illustrations.

Mike O'Brien, senior editor for WoodenBoat, publishes Boat Design Quarterly in his spare time. The former boatbuilder/oceanographer now takes his waterborn pleasure aboard sea kayaks.

Juan Olabarri wrote the Juan Allende entry and lives in Spain.

David Pardon was a UK sports journalist and editor of New Zealand Sea Spray for 18 years. He is now a journalism tutor in New Zealand.

David Payne is a self-taught yacht designer with an extensive cruising and racing background. His many designs include contemporary styles and traditional craft.

Geoff Payne welded his own Alan Payne-designed steel cutter, sails it to extreme destinations, and writes and lectures on these award-winning voyages.

Barry Pickthall is head of PPL Photo Agency in West Sussex, England. He is author of the 2003 book, Germán Frers — A Passion for Design.

Scott M. Peters is Collections Historian at Michigan Historical Museum in Lansing, Michigan. He studies historical watercraft designed and built in Michigan.

Nannette Poillon has been researching the history of the C & R Poillon shipbuilding company of New York City and is keeper of family records going back to 1670.

Stephen Rappaport edits a marine trade journal and writes frequently for WoodenBoat. He sails his 30' Bob Perry-designed cutter near Mount Desert Island in Maine.

Jonathan Rice is a great grandson of designer Frank Paine. He is currently researching a book about the Boston influence on yacht design between the wars.

Lindsley Rice is Assistant Curator at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland. She enjoys building and sailing boats, and ship-smithing whenever possible.

Tom Roach is a Canadian author currently living in India. He is upset he cannot sail the boat he built while living in Cape Town, South Africa!

Fernando Roca lives in Spain and co-wrote, together with John Lynch-Cummins and Iain McAllister his entry.

J. Scott Rohrer ~ Scott collects and writes on West Coast yachting history.  He splits his time between his Seattle marine insurance agency, the R-boat Pirate, and his beloved golden retrievers.

Mark Rothfield is the Editor of the Australian magazine Modern Boating. He lives in Alexandria, New South Wales.

John Rousmaniere has written or edited twelve books on yachting history. He serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of The Encyclopedia of Maritime History.

Hartmut Rührdanz continued the yacht design practice of Reinhard Drewitz under the name of Drewitz/Rührdanz in Germany.

David Ryder-Turner (1922-2004) was a yacht designer who lived in Helensburgh, Scotland. He was particularly knowledgeable about the William Fife dynasty and Alfred Mylne the First.

Charles Schock designed with Alden, S&S, Edson I. and Edson B. Schock. He is glad to help anyone seeking information about Schock designs and boats.

Dr. Gerhard Schön is an RC-modelshipbuilder and sails a Chiemsee-Plätt and sailing modelships on his Bavarian holidays. He is a dentist and father of five children.

Thomas G. Skahill competed successfully in ocean racing and the Star Class for many years. Today maritime history holds his interest and he is published frequently.

Brian Smith has had a lifelong interest in the design and construction of all kinds of ships and boats. He now sails on the Mersey in northwestern England.

Jack A. Somer, a marine writer since 1970, is former Editor-in-Chief of Yachting magazine and author of ten books about yachts, ships, and marine history.

Mark Steele, of Auckland, New Zealand, is the Publishing Editor of Windling World, an international model sailboat magazine.

Olin J. Stephens II, born New York City, 13 April, 1908. Lived in Scarsdale, NY, 1913 to 1978, attending schools and graduating high school there. Loved sailing.

Robert Stephens After an independent career designing small boats of modern wood/epoxy construction, Bob is now chief designer at Brooklin Boat Yard, of Brooklin, Maine.

Jacques Taglang has many nautical books to his credit, including America's Cup Yacht Designs. He frequently sails the classic Mylne-designed Sindbad with friends from La Rochelle.

Walter Voigt grew up sailing Lightnings and Dragons. His yellow 16' skiff, kept in Deer Isle Maine, is a frequent visitor to the many close-by islands.

Robert Volmer lives in Düsseldorf, Germany, and wrote the entry on Kurt Beister.

Bob Wallstrom is a NAMS-CMS, has been a yacht and small craft designer, and is working on the history of Luders Marine Construction Company.

Eberhard Wetjen lives in Germany and wrote the entries on Ferdinand Grünhagen, H. Saefkow, and Wilhelm Schulze.