Editor of MarineZine, Linnet Woods, was taught by her father, British diplomat Murray McMullen,
to dinghy-sail amongst the hippos of Lake Naivasha in Kenya, when she was six
years old, over forty years ago.
Mate aboard Leopard Normand III, since 1996, she
is responsible for the design and creation of this online magazine, during
two trans-Atlantic voyages and spells in the Caribbean and the Azores.
Her Swiss/Italian mother, Fulvia Schenk-McMullen was a radio broadcaster and
Linnet helped to write her arts page in the Swiss magazine
Galatea up until a few months before she died, in January 1998.
Previous relevant occupations have included audio-visual production, personnel
training and equipment demonstration, amongst others.
Keith 'Robbie' Robinson, born 21st October 1945, English captain of the 71' staysail schooner, Leopard Normand III,
since 1989, has been sailing for over 45 years, early on as a Hobie cat racer, later as owner of several yachts, and captain of others.
Apart from his renown as a Fine Art expert, he also enjoys a reputation as a
gourmet chef and was a boardsailing instructor for a time. he enjoys open water
diving and has also been called 'the ideal charter skipper' being not only
considerate but entertaining too.
Robbie is an avid reader of naval history, thus qualifying to be described as
contemplating his naval, at least some of the time.
Cap'n Robbie has also taken to poring over technical manuals in recent years and
become quite a dab hand at fixing those pesky machines that seem to abound on
'Claws' McCaw, born in 1991, the Sub-Editor, is an Ara Ararauna. She was hatched from a warm armpit (no-one on the team) and is nearly ten years old.
She has logged about 37,000 sea miles and considers herself competent crew but
is, quite frankly more of a hindrance than a help, having a nasty tendency to
use her beak as a wire cutter on cables leading to delicate
On the other hand she can remove teak deck-plugs at a speed which defies
description. Not an easy feat.
When MarineZine's HQ is underway, Bella sits close to whoever is at the helm and
shouts instructions, insults, demands...ashore she charms people into letting
her dip her beak into their drinks or waltz off with a chicken drumstick she has
stolen from their plates - she is absolutely incorrigible and we grovel
endlessly but no-one seems to mind! She sorts incoming mail which can be a
Bella is a vital member
of the team, never being backward in coming forwards. She is never troubled,
even momentarily, by any of the social conventions we are too reserved to flout.
Our Chatpages Teen Scene Editor, Stephanie Walker, is a fifteen year old Australian
student. Last year, she returned to Australia, from the Caribbean, to attend boarding
school, which she looked forwards to with keen anticipation, having missed
the company of other young ladies of her own age.
5' 9" tall Stephanie wants to sail and sing, sing and sail... she helped to
structure the Teen Scene section whilst living on 'C' Dock at Powerboats Mutual
facility in Chaguaramas, Trinidad, West Indies, with her
mother, Judy, a former women's rowing coach, and stepfather, David Ramage, a member of Australia's Olympic rowing team in 1964 and 1968.
The family live, and charter, aboard the gorgeous 62' schooner 'Metani', built by David, over a three and a half year period, in
Geelong, near Melbourne, in Australia and launched in 1985.
'Metani' won the Concours D'Elegànce at Antigua Classic Week in
1993 and was being fitted with a brand new deck, by David and Judy, as Stephanie
worked on the 10 pages which make up Teen Scene in our Chatpages section.
Editor of our 'Multihulls' page, part of 'Yachts' in the All
Afloat section, is
Frances 'Fran' Slingerland from Montreal, Quebec.
Fran is mate aboard 'Ninth Charm', a sleek 38' Richard Newick 'Native' performance
trimaran. Together with John, the captain, she has been sailing in some pretty
exotic places, as described on their own website. Apart from being a writer and editor, Fran is also a classical
Our Steel Boat page editor, Chris Price, is an
Englishman. Or so he says. We believe
he may be from some other planet altogether. Some world advanced way
beyond planet Earth. He hails from Gravesend in Kent and may well have
been born in the normal manner, in which case he is about half a century
old. His past activities have included serious involvement in the world
of combat sports (!) and employment as an engineer in radio,
telecommunications, electrical and light engineering.
Chris first sailed on Enterprises, in Teddington, on the river
Thames, at the age of
sixteen and, has owned a series of boats since then. He recently sailed 6000 miles solo, from Cape Town in South Africa to
the Azores, to take a break from
building himself a 37' steel boat back in the UK.
He is to boat systems as Patrick Moore is to the stars above.
Whether Mr. Moore is to boat-systems as Chris is to the stars is one
of those imponderables...one thing they do have in common is a
reputation for being 'Techies'.. he will be looking for opportunities to
expand the Steel Boat page into a section...nay an empire, even...
A few of the other pages have been edited by guest editors, or
should that be ghost editors? We are truly grateful to each of them, but there
were not nearly enough of them and the rest of the pages, which is
most of them, were knocked into their present shape by the managing editor.
Apparently executive editors just execute anyone who isn't getting the job done,
they don't actually do the job! Some people have all the luck. Seriously
though, the Executive Editor not only helped to develop MarineZine but also took on
everything else which should have been the mate's responsibility for
nearly eighteen months, fed her face with his fabulous gourmet cooking and gave total
almost without complaint, in spite of being required to put up with acute discomfort and
computer babble virtually round the clock, seven days a week for months at a
time, leading up to the re-launch in February 2001.