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  Description Sail-World.com welcomes contributor’s material.

Sail-World.com has a large world-wide audience in more than sixty countries.

Our website encompasses all forms of sailing, including cruising. Whether its racing in yachts, skiffs or dinghies, regattas, twilights or ocean races, there is always a story waiting to be told.

Sail-World is happy to receive your articles. Be it profiles of people and boats, tuning, tactics, techniques, safety and seamanship or indeed just about anything to do with sailing, we happy to review and publish appropriate articles.

Guidelines: We accept upwards of 140 words. Many simple stories can be told in 300-500 words. An ideal feature length story is 1500 words, or more.

Keep the story tight and punchy. Remember that your header should contain information that is in the text of your article.

Regatta, championship and any race reports should attempt to explain how the winners achieved the podium position - better tactics and techniques, faster boat, better sails, combination of all, etc. Also include dramatic or significant events - breakdowns, collisions, recoveries from poor starts, tight finishes and any ‘names’ that have entered.

We need to know where the event was held, the organising authority, the Club that hosted the event, what the weather was like etc. Please give the names of winning boat and crew with First names (for up to three person crew, otherwise, just the skipper).

The easiest way to avoid longish paragraphs and to marshal ideas clearly is to use the active, not the passive tense, ie. ‘The cat sat on the mat,’ rather than, ‘The mat was sat upon by the cat.’

If you are having difficulty in constructing an article, make a list of all the pieces of information you want to convey to the reader, then number them in order of importance and start your story with the most important one.

In non-technical articles, it is always good to include quotes from information sources.

Style:

The best way of knowing how we like to things written is to look carefully at the articles on our website. Following are some pointers on the style we like to follow for consistency. It will take a lot of the time and effort out of the editing process if you follow this style.

Style Points:

When mentioning in the text of an article, do not put quote marks around boat names.

Two-man crews give both names as follows:

Over the Moon, sailed by Jim Moon/Fred Kwok, but in result details at the bottom of your article, initials only, eg.

1. Over the Moon (J. Moon/F. Kwok)

Use First names at first mention in text; thereafter, the surname only.

Capital initials for Country or State, but lower case for championship, eg. ‘New Zealand championship’, etc.

Spell out at first mention, say Yachting Association of Sri Lanka - YA Sri Lanka and similar, but abbreviate there after to YA Sri Lanka.

Spell out numbers under ten in text, ie. one, two, three, 11 onwards in numeric.

Abbreviate times, in race details, to hr m s.

Abbreviate dimensions. eg - m cm mm sq m.

Collective nouns: Associations, companies, countries, clubs, etc, are to be construed as singular. eg The Royal Hong Kong Yacht has re-elected its Commodore, not ‘their’ Commodore.

Use British/Australian spellings…gybe not jibe; gunwale, not gunnel. This does not apply to America or countries using American English.

Abbreviate 18ft skiffs, 16ft skiffs, etc, as detailed, not 18 foot etc.

Avoid constructions using ‘saw’ such as - ‘Sunday saw the start of the long race.’

Use ‘I will’ rather than I'll, and similar, unless using quotes or conversation style.

Don’t use &, use and, unless it is the formal name of a company eg. Smith & Sowersby Ltd. sponsored the Flying Elevens.

Offshore racing: Text and details should identify the designer or type of boats named as well as the owner. eg, ‘Bob Steel’s Nelson Marek 46, Quest, has won the Rolex Sydney-Hobart on corrected time.’ Include the yacht club the boat represents where possible. Please supply detailed results for the first five places in major races in the following style: Ragamuffin (S.Fischer), Farr 50, corrected time 23hr 1min 2sec; Quest (B. Steel) J35, 23.01.01, etc.

If a defending champion is not a top five, also add his/her place eg. 8. Quest (B. Steel). That also goes for first regional crews placed in international event, if not in top five finishers.

Grammar and Punctuation: Proof read your article before sending – check grammar and please spell check. While we are happy to take contributions, if we see major spelling and grammatical errors, we will not publish your article. We receive upwards of 40 releases every day and do not have the time to undertake a full edit of your work, and nor should we have to.

FULL CAPS TITLES. It has been a long tradition that hard copy press releases had FULL CAPS TITLES as an attention-seeking device. However in the electronic medium FULL CAPS = SHOUTING. So all full caps titles have to be re-keyed. Please submit headings as follows: ‘Macky Leads Bethwaite in Yngling Champs’

”Double Quotes “ cause Database Problems. Major online publications use databases to publish and index copy.

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