SOUTHWINDS Magazine – a FREE printed and online magazine – is the news and information source for cruisers and racers in the southeastern United States and is known by almost every sailor in the region—and almost every sailor who regularly comes south to Florida during the winter season. The magazine was founded by Doran Cushing, who published his first issue in December 1993. The magazine was then located in St. Petersburg, Florida.
In May 2002, Steve Morrell, purchased the magazine from Mr. Cushing and published his first issue in July 2002. He retired in 2019 with his last issue published July 2019. A strong 17 year run.
The current Editor and Publisher, William, bought the magazine from Steve and published his first edition in August 2019.
SOUTHWINDS magazine covers Sailing, cruising, racing and other events of interest to sailors in general, but particularly to sailors in the eight southern states where the magazine is distributed: North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. The magazine covers sailing news in those areas and also in the Caribbean and the Bahamas.
SOUTHWINDS has always had an interest in the largest island in the Caribbean, Cuba, and has been a source of information for sailors wishing to go to Cuba since the magazine’s birth in 1993. Southwinds believes that sailors have a right, without interference, either domestic or foreign, to sail to Cuba and promotes the freedom of American sailors and sailors from around the world to do so.
SOUTHWINDS is delivered to over 500 locations in eight southern states. Over 146,000 copies are printed annually. Extra copies are distributed at the St. Petersburg Power and Sailboat Show in December.
The magazine is available online at no charge at www.issuu.com/southwinds/docs. All past issues going back to May 2003 are available online and there is a back issues article index, by subject, on the website.
The magazine is delivered to yacht clubs and sailing associations, marine stores, yacht brokers, marinas, boatyards, sail lofts, sailing schools, and other sailing-related locations. Click here to see where you can Pick Up a Copy of SOUTHWINDS.
SOUTHWINDS is the premier resource for sailing in the Southeast and includes:
- SOUTHWINDS, the printed magazine, also available online
- The Southern Youth Sailing Directory — a directory of sailing programs in the southeast coastal states. Go to the Youth Sailing Program Directory and find a program, list your program or update your program.
- The Southern Yacht Club Directory — a directory of yacht clubs, sailing associations, sailing squadrons and whatever you would like to call yourself. Go to the Yacht Club Directory and find a club or association, list your club or update your club.
- The Southeastern Sailing & Cruising Business Directory — a listing of businesses serving sailors and cruisers in the Southeast, plus other related online businesses. Go to the Sailing Business Directory to find a business, or list your business. (The directory will soon be available to easily read on any mobile device.)
Subscriptions are sent throughout the United States and the Virgin Islands at regular U.S. postal rates. Other rates apply to other countries. We will mail subscriptions anywhere as long as there are no vicious dogs, cats, birds or other entities nearby that could do harm to the delivery person. Hand delivery by the owner, Steve Morrell, is available at many locations if airline ticket and other travel expenses are paid in advance.
The magazine, owned by Southwinds Media, Inc., whose president is Steve Morrell, is located in Bradenton, Florida, and printed in Lakeland, Florida. Graphics are done by Heather Nicoll.
SOUTHWINDS & Dreams LLC
PO Box 1418
Sarasota, Florida 34230-1418
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