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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