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Changing Places

Sail magazine executive editor Charles Mason retired after 41 years with the magazine.

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Mason was a member of Sail's first editorial team. He was hired by entrepreneur Bernie Goldhirsh, who launched the publicationin 1970. Mason has worked on every issue since it debuted in February 1970.

"Charles' contributions to Sailinfluenced hundreds of thousands of sailors over four decades," publisher Josh Adams said in a statement. "His impact on the people of Sailgoes far beyond words in a magazine. Charles made us better editors, better publishers, better people."

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Charlie Leighton, US Sailing's executive director, will retire in October.

During Leighton's six-year stint as the national governing body's executive director, US Sailing significantly improved its foundation by achieving and sustaining financial stability.

He recruited and developed a management staff that will lead the sport into the future. Leighton has been instrumental in maintaining the organization's mission of leadership, integrity and advancement of the sport of sailing, US Sailing said.

"Charlie Leighton has had a brilliant career on and off the water. His service has been invaluable, and our sport is better as a direct result of his efforts. We will deeply miss his leadership and passion," US Sailing president Gary Jobson said in a statement.

Leighton, 75,  former commodore of the New York Yacht Club, was once chairman and CEO of the CML Group Inc.; a director at MetLife; and president of the Harvard Business School alumni council. He is a trustee of the Lahey Clinic.

He graduated from Bowdoin College in 1957 and started the school's first sailing team. He later graduated from Harvard Business School. Leighton remains an active sailor and still races his 42-foot Hinckley, Whitecap.

Leighton plans to continue as chairman of the Medalist fundraising program for the US Sailing team AlphaGraphics in a volunteer role.

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