The Active Interest Marine Group has announced the appointment of Wendy Mitman Clarke as editor-in-chief of SAIL magazine.
A lifelong sailor and marine-industry veteran, Clarke is an award-winning writer and editor whose marine writing career began when she left her position as an Associated Press journalist to become the mid-Atlantic bureau chief for Soundings—a magazine she has recently returned to as a freelance writer. After Soundings, she rose from writer to executive editor at Chesapeake Bay Magazine. When she and her family left Annapolis to cruise fulltime aboard their 45-foot Adams sloop for four-and-a-half years, her monthly column in Cruising World documented the journey. Most recently she has been senior editor of Good Old Boat, as well as a science writer for Maryland Sea Grant College. She has been a consistent winner at the Boating Writers International annual writing contest, and in 2002 she won the BoatUS Monk Farnum Award for Excellence in Editorial Commentary.
“Sailors, by nature, are a tight-knit community with a language and culture all their own. To lead a brand like SAIL we needed to find someone who is both a media professional and someone who lives and breathes that pastime,” says AIM Marine Group Editorial Director Dan Harding. “Wendy checks those boxes and then some. I can’t wait to see where she steers the SAIL brand.”
“I’m thrilled that Active Interest Media has asked me to take the helm of SAIL,” Clarke says. “I grew up reading this magazine, it has always been inspirational, and it’s a real honor to become part of this team and this magazine’s legacy.”
Clarke is based on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, with the Chesapeake Bay as her home sailing waters