Laura Hodgetts

Cruising editor

Laura Hodgetts

Laura is cruising editor at Yachting Monthly and also writes the news pages for YM’s sister title Practical Boat Owner magazine.

Prior to joining the YM team in April 2020, Laura worked full time on PBO for more than seven years as news and website editor.

After graduating with a 1st in BA (Hons) Multi-Media Journalism at Bournemouth University, Laura worked for Digital Photographer magazine as a staff writer, before taking voluntary redundancy to go travelling.

Laura then joined the Dorset Echo as a news reporter, completing the NCTJ senior news reporter qualifications. Laura’s love of watersports saw her write the Echo’s Afloat page and become the Echo’s accredited reporter for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic sailing events, held in Weymouth and Portland.

Laura has passed the RYA day skipper, dinghy sailing level 2, powerboat level 2, windsurfing and kitesurfing beginner, and PADI advanced open water diving courses.

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The life of a boat book jacket

Julia Jones, Yachting Monthly's literary reviewer discusses The Life of a Boat by Graeme Ewens, which is sold to support two thoroughly worthwhile causes

The Boatyard Book

Julia Jones, Yachting Monthly's literary reviewer discusses The Boatyard Book by Simon Jollands: "Although his advice is to ‘Know your limitations’; his personal approach is determinedly DIY."

The Sea is not made of water book jacket

"This is a book with the wow! factor." Julia Jones, Yachting Monthly's literary reviewer discusses The Sea Is Not Made of Water by Adam Nicolson

Sea_Journal_Lisa_Woollett

Julia Jones, Yachting Monthly's literary reviewer discusses Lisa Woollett’s Sea Journal, which tells the story of a year’s coastal photography, based on a lifetime’s observations.

Reeds 9 language Handbook

Julia Jones, Yachting Monthly's literary reviewer discusses Reeds 9 Language Handbook - a 'must-have' for anyone with aspirations ever to cruise beyond UK waters again

Stress Free Sailing Book by Duncan Wells

"There will be readers who will challenge the idea that there is any such nirvana as ‘stress-free sailing’": Julia Jones, Yachting Monthly's literary reviewer discusses Stress-Free Sailing (2nd edition) by…