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Charles "Charlie" Doane, editor-at-large at Sail magazine since 2005, was named the publication's new executive editor.

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Doane will start Thursday and attend the Annapolis (Md.) Boat Show as a member of Sail's Best Boats team of judges. Returning to a full-time position, Doane succeeds Charles Mason, who retired after 41 years at the magazine.

Doane's responsibilities will include editing; writing technical stories, boat reviews and general features; and contributing to Sail's digital platform.

"Charlie's depth and breadth of experience will help us take Sail's cruising and technical coverage to a new level," editor-in-chief Peter Nielsen said.

Doane was Sail's senior editor from 2000 to 2005. He is the founder of the cruising blog www.wavetrain.net and the author of "The Modern Cruising Sailboat." He was an editor at Cruising World in the late 1990s.

Doane lives in Portsmouth, N.H., where he sails with his family aboard a Tanton 39 cutter named Lunacy.

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US Sailing, the sport's national governing body, named Jack Gierhart acting executive director.

Gierhart has been associate executive director of US Sailing since November 2009. He was the organization's marketing director from 2002-2005. He succeeds Charlie Leighton, who plans to retire in October.

Gierhart has more than 20 years of sales, marketing and general management experience in the technology and marine industries. Since he rejoined the US Sailing staff in 2009, Gierhart has been focused on growing the organization's membership base and improving the overall information technology infrastructure, content management and outgoing communications initiatives.

During his four-year stint as marketing director, he managed the marketing, sponsorship, Web and licensing programs.

Prior to returning to US Sailing, Gierhart was the founder and CEO of Message Sherpa, an online communications company, from 2007-2009. As executive vice president of Nautor's Swan USA, Gierhart was responsible for developing strategies and implementing sales, marketing and customer service plans to reinvigorate U.S. business for the company.

Gierhart spent six years at IBM, where he was a global sales and business development manager. He developed worldwide sales strategies and enablement programs to expand software sales and consulting services.

Gierhart sails competitively and recreationally. In addition to circumnavigating Alaska and sailing much of the East and West coasts of the U.S., he has participated in numerous Bermuda races and enjoys sailing Lasers, H12s, Shields, J/105s and J/80s.

A member of the Beverly (Mass.) Yacht Club since 2002, Gierhart lives with his wife, two daughters and son in Marion, Mass.

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