We seek to resolve substantial complaints and queries from individuals who feel we’ve breached editorial standards. As such, we reserve the right not to consider complaints:

  • From anyone not personally and directly affected by the matter which forms the subject of the complaint.
  • That are trivial, hypothetical, or otherwise vexatious or insignificant.
  • That are without justification (such as an attempt to argue a point of view or to lobby).
  • About advertising (unless in exceptional circumstances).
  • About reader offers.

How do I complain?

You can then mail Sailboat Life’s editor’s office directly by writing to Sailboat Life, 1940 Fountain View Dr #3133, Houston, TX, 77057 outlining the following points:

  • The article you’re complaining about.
  • The date on which it appeared.
  • Whether the article appeared in print or online (and whether through a browser or via one of our mobile apps).
  • The nature of your complaint in no more than 500 words.
  • Which part of the Editorial Code it breaches.

Please note that in making a complaint, you agree to respond promptly to any request for further information. Our complaints process is free of charge, regardless of the outcome.

We reserve the right to amend this policy as required. We will publish the current policy on our website and on our terms of use. Your complaint will be considered against the published policy on the date of receipt of your complaint.

What happens to your complaint?

Once we’ve received your complaint, if your complaint is being taken up, we aim to contact you within 72 hours.

We aim to give a substantive response to your complaint within 28 days of receiving all the necessary information to allow us to investigate. However, this may take longer in more complex cases where more information is required, or where journalists are away or unreachable.

If we receive multiple complaints about the same issue we may not respond to all.

If the editor deems there to have been a breach of the Editorial Code, she will suggest an appropriate remedy. Corrections and clarifications will appear on the relevant web page and/or in the newspaper.

We will always aim to handle your complaint fairly, courteously, and with respect. We expect the same behavior from complainants and reserve the right to decline to consider complaints that are abusive or gratuitously offensive.

If at any stage of your complaint we do not hear back from you within 28 days, we will consider your complaint satisfied and closed.

Appeal Process

If you are unhappy with our final response to your complaint the editor will direct you to the Review Panel, which provides an external review of the decision of the editor by our managing board.

Should your complaint reach this stage, the editor will send you all the information you need to appeal to the Review Panel.


If you’ve spotted a potential mistake in our editorial content please email editor@sailboatlife.org, so that we can look into it.

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We retain exclusive rights to the content created on our website. We hold no rights over copyrighted content from outside sources. If there is content on SailboatLife.org, we make every effort to ensure such content us according to Fair Use.

Activities in which fair use applies to our use of copyrighted content include criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. If you believe we do not have fair use of copyrighted content, please follow the complaint process outlined above.

See https://www.copyright.gov/fair-use/more-info.html

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We cannot predict when issues might arise with our Website and/or Products. Accordingly, our liability shall be limited to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, and under no circumstance will we be liable to you for any lost profits, revenues, information, or data, or consequential, special, indirect, exemplary, punitive, or incidental damages arising out of or related to these Terms or the SailboatLife.org website, even if we have been advised of the possibility of such damages. Our aggregate liability arising out of or relating to these Terms or the SailboatLife.org website will not exceed the greater of $100 or the amount you have paid us in the past twelve months.

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