Newport, R.I. — Two editors at Cruising World magazine will take on important new roles as the magazine closes out its 40th anniversary year and sails into 2015.


Herb McCormick has been named executive editor and Jen Brett has been promoted to senior editor, in promotions announced today by Editor-in-Chief Mark Pillsbury.


McCormick is one of the premier sailing writers in the business and has held a variety of titles with the magazine, most recently being senior editor. In his new role, he will stay on as director of the magazine’s Boat of the Year program and will oversee the popular “Hands On Sailor” content, as well as new boat coverage. With his new title and duties, McCormick will increase his already substantial role as an ambassador for the brand, along with his writing and digital content contributions.


“Herb’s the best in the business, and this new position will allow him more freedom to get out and do what he does best, go sailing and bring back great stories for our readers,” said Pillsbury.  “It will also allow him more time to work with our many contributors to bring the best how-to advice and new boat coverage to the magazine and online at”


Brett joined Cruising World as an associate editor and has played a critical role in developing the brand’s digital offerings. In her new role as senior editor, she will continue to work on digital projects, while overseeing the “Underway” section of the magazine and working with contributing columnists.


In announcing Brett’s promotion, Pillsbury noted that she’s a cruising sailor who lives aboard a well-kept sailing ketch full-time with her husband and two children. “Jen brings to the table real-life understanding and knowledge of the many aspects of sailing and cruising that are important to the magazine’s readers. As senior editor, she will take an active role in shaping the stories and issues that are covered in print, online and through weekly e-newsletters.”


“I’m very excited to be able to make these announcements,” Pillsbury said. “Herb and Jen are both avid sailors and passionate about the cruising life. And, perhaps as importantly, they’re both talented journalists with a desire to tell compelling stories.”


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About Cruising World
Cruising World, based in Middletown, R.I., is published monthly by Bonnier Corp. As the largest sailing magazine in the world, Cruising World is considered the bible for bluewater sailors. The magazine seeks to nurture cruising sailors’ dreams with practical how-to information and inspire them with stirring real-life adventure articles.