Colin Jarman
Writer and Photographer

Colin Jarman - writer and photographer. © Angela HolnessColin Jarman has been a professional sailing writer and photographer for over 40 years. He began his career on the English magazine Motor Boat and Yachting before moving to the cruising magazine Yachting Monthly as Features Editor. He turned freelance in 1979 and set up a syndicated news and feature service for boating magazines world wide. At its height Eyeline was by far the largest such service and contributed to every major boating magazine.

A chance meeting in the offices of Practical Boat Owner led to Colin's teaming up with fellow photojournalist Philip Dunn to start the magazine Sailing Today in 1997. Later the two of them also launched the first internet only sailing magazine.

Colin's first book, Coastal Cruising, was published back in 1975 and has been followed by a dozen or so books covering various aspects of sailing and seamanship. His most popular book, Knots in Use, is now in its fourth edition and is available in many different languages. There are also 10 instructional videos linked to this book. Colin's latest books are East Coast Pilot (see, a guide to cruising the Thames Estuary, Knots & Splices, a pocket tutor, and Where Land Meets Sea, a largely aerial view of England's East Coast.

Born and brought up on the East Coast of England, where he also learned to sail, the jest has been made that there's more mud than blood in Colin's veins. Be that as it may, he freely admits to loving those shallow, muddy waters and still keeps his little cruiser there - a junk rigged Kingfisher 20+ called May Morning.

Colin wrote his popular Riding Light column in Sailing Today for 15 years and now writes regular book reviews and occasional features for Yachting Monthly. He remains a freelance and undertakes commissions for both words and pictures. A member of the Ocean Cruising Club ( since 1974, Colin also edits and designs that club's quarterly OCC Newsletter.



 Riding Light


Published Work

East Coast Pilot