Down Under Sail was founded in January 2014 as an online sailing news and lifestyle website focusing on grass roots sailing events around Australia. The original vision was to provide an insight into more than just on-water results and news and look to promote the aspects of our sport that make it unique and epitomise the true essence of lifestyle.
Sailing within Australia is such a diverse and widely recognised sport, especially at the elite level, however there are hundreds of classes and tens of thousands of sailors across the country – not just your top level competitors, but also your weekend warriors.
As Down Under Sail has grown, it has developed into an event coverage and public relations business that creates greater coverage of grass roots and youth events from iconic keel boat regattas, to off-the-beach national championships and state youth events.
In June 2016 we achieved one of our major long-term goals, launching our inaugural hard-copy publication. The ‘DUS Magazine’ is a high-quality, coffee table-style, annual yearbook that covers the entire year of events in sailing, windsurfing, stand-up paddle boarding and kitesurfing as well as providing an insight into the lifestyle and culture of water sports.
We also provide onsite event coverage and act as consultants for clubs, classes and organisations to help set them up for great promotion of their events. Our aim is to help smaller grass roots clubs and events prosper without burning out their loyal volunteers.
Marc Ablett, Director/Advertising & Sales
Marc has established himself in the sport through years of experience in a range of different fields, including 10 years as a sign writer, yacht club manager and sailing manager, to becoming director of Swan Signs and Down Under Sail. He is super passionate about what Down Under Sail has to offer having seen the sport from all angles; from a small country club with 50 members to big clubs with thousands of members, he firmly believes they all have a place. Marc believes the same principle applies to many of Australia’s iconic classes, particularly the senior classes and the fantastic youth programs.
As a keen sailor originally from Canberra and now based in Adelaide, Marc has competed at all different levels. He is passionate about the sport of sailing in the long term and was the main drive behind the idea of Down Under Sail.
“The main question that is asked is how can clubs and classes survive the current environment? It is about embracing people and making it a place where people want to be. If we can help take some pressure off your volunteers and allow more enjoyment then we are already halfway there. I am a firm believer of a lifestyle complementing the competition and the way we do this is by working together. We can learn a lot from the successes of lifestyle sports like stand-up paddle boarding, windsurfing and kitesurfing, all of which I am extremely passionate about. So why not work together to make use of what Australia has to offer and live the outdoor water sports dream. We all want to succeed so how about we have some fun along the way.”
Contact Marc via email at [email protected]
Harry Fisher, Editor
With industry experience in print and online journalism, Harry Fisher is an enthusiastic and keen media professional with a specific passion for changing the way people perceive sailing. Having begun a Bachelor of Journalism degree in 2012, Harry was lucky enough to begin his third year of Uni with a job offer at the Port Lincoln Times. He put his studies on hold to begin full-time work in the industry, which was the same year Down Under Sail originated. In October 2015, Harry moved back to Adelaide to work on launching the inaugural DUS Magazine. He continued working for Fairfax Media in a part-time role and returned to Uni to complete his studies.
Also a keen sailor, Harry has been involved in the sport from a young age and continues to be heavily involved both as a competitor, administrator and volunteer.
“I have seen sailing news and media delivered the same way for many years and how our sport is represented in the mainstream media dictates how the wider population perceive it. There are so many great stories of sailors’ journeys through a range of levels that we want to share – from the elite to the grassroots, you can’t have one without the other. Down Under Sail was created to highlight the journey sailors are on, regardless of the destination, and document these amazing yarns, as well as offer a unique representation of the culture and lifestyle of not just sailing, but other on water sports and hobbies as well.”
Contact Harry via email at [email protected]