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Editorial team

Ali Wood testing the Zhik UV Active top at her Dorset sailing club

Editor Alison Wood

A yachting, outdoor and travel journalist, Ali has written for a number of brands, including BBC Wildlife, Countryfile, Yachting Monthly and Radio Times. She’s also worked as a publisher in the Women’s and Craft sectors.

Sailing and watersports are her passion. As a child she raced Mirror dinghies with her parents and went on to cruise the North Wales coast in everything from a fibreglass trimaran to a 100-year-old wooden gaffer. These days she lives in Dorset and enjoys wild swimming, paddleboarding, surfing and sailing dinghies in Christchurch harbour.

Ali’s recently become the proud owner of the PBO Project Boat, Maximus. Together with her husband, she’s refitting the 43-year-old cruiser and making all the DIY mistakes her readers warned her about.

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Cruising editor Laura Hodgetts

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.

Laura has worked full time on PBO for more than seven years as news and website editor.

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Digital editor Chris Jefferies

Chris’s boating career began in his teens, when he worked on the River Wey as a narrowboat instructor. After leaving university, he worked on several magazines before joining Motor Boats Monthly in 2014 as News Editor – a title he also held at Motor Boat & Yachting and Boat International, before being appointed as Group Digital Editor of Future’s marine titles in March 2019.

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Tech editor Fox Morgan

Hailing from that well known seafaring port of Chesterfield and brought up with a family of engineers, Fox Morgan is an STCW, GMDSS and YM Ocean qualified maritime professional as well as NCTJ qualified photojournalist since 1997. On the water, they go by the name Captain Flashheart.

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Art editor Neil Singleton

From a very early age Neil could be found riding pillion with his grandad (a PBO subscriber) up and down the Trent waterways aboard his motorboat. This came to an end when the boat was put up for sale but in doing so, Neil did get to meet local Nottingham Forest football hero Justin Fashanu as the potential purchaser of the boat. Since then Neil keeps himself busy fueling petrol headed passions of his own.

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