Former Sail publisher honored with leadership award

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Josh Adams, US Sailing's new managing director of U.S. Olympic Sailing and former publisher of Sail magazine, received the Sail Industry Leadership Award Oct. 4 during Sail's annual luncheon at the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Md.

“Through the years, Sail’s Industry Leadership Award has recognized great leaders of all kinds — sailboat and gear manufacturers, marketers and influential sailboat dealers,” Sail editor Peter Nielsen said in a statement. "Josh has worked tirelessly not just to promote the sailing industry, but to attract new blood into sailing itself."

Adams joined Sail in 1996 as a member of the editorial team. A longtime and accomplished sailor, he was a three-time collegiate All-American at Tufts University, a member of the U.S. Sailing team (1995-96) and a member of the 1999 America’s Cup challenger Young America.

In 2006, Adams became publisher of Sail and was responsible for increasing the strength of the brand and directing the magazine toward a multi-platform media strategy. His commitment to the sailing industry has been extensive. In addition to being an executive committee member of US Sailing’s Olympic Sailing Committee since 2005, he has served on the board of the sailing industry trade association, Sail America, since 2007, most recently as its president.

In his new role as managing director of U.S. Olympic Sailing, Adams will spend the next four years heading up the team and helping it prepare for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Sail magazine, the Sail Buyer’s Guide, the New Sailboat Review and their digital properties are owned by Active Interest Media, a media and marketing services company and one of the largest publishers of magazines and online content for enthusiast audiences. They company’s titles include Soundings and Soundings Trade Only.

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