Established in 2005 as a boutique publishing house, Ocean Media has grown into a contemporary, progressive company focused on bringing the highest quality journalism to the Australasian premium yachting industry both in print and online.
With Hillary Buckman at the helm, Ocean Media sources the best luxury motor and sailing yacht features the market has to offer – from the latest builds, destinations and trends, to industry events and opinions. If you are on the water, we are right there with you.
Ocean magazine spearheads our range of titles that also includes Sails magazine and The Great Southern Route Superyacht Cruising Guide. With professional, industry journalists all over the world contributing to our editions, as well as a dedicated in-house team, we pride ourselves on our editorial, photography and insider news and reviews.
The Ocean Media experience extends beyond our magazines to our presence online, as well as our extensive international boat show events, our participation in races and regattas, and our exclusive networking social occasions such as the Ocean Ball.
Every edition is the culmination of expert knowledge, exceptional photography and the latest industry trends, builds, destinations and more by our talented and passionate team.
Whether you are under power or under sail, just enjoying the twilights or a weekend jaunt, or are a seasoned offshore racer, we have something to delight, entertain and inform.
We look forward to you joining us.
Scott’s love of the ocean developed very early aboard a succession of family yachts, most notably Barbarian, which raced in the 1971 and 1975 Sydney Hobart Yacht Races.
After graduating through the dinghy ranks, he won his first spot on a crew in the great race in 1987. More than three decades on, he’s lining-up for his 17th trip south to Hobart, having clocked-up more than 50,000 miles in sailing and motor yachts.
Scott has also spent nearly twenty-five years as a broadcast journalist, working for Australia’s largest media organisations, including Channel Nine, and as a business reporter and producer at the ABC. He combines journalistic acumen with extensive knowledge of the marine industry, garnered from his family’s business as former dealers for Grand Banks and Cheoy Lee motor yachts.
He rejects any prejudices aligned to power or sail, preferring to welcome all those who choose to go sea as kindred souls willing to venture beyond the far horizon – but with good instruments, EPIRBS and a decent water maker.
Scott is a passionate advocate for the protection of the unique marine environments that encompass our planet, and the creatures inhabiting them that are our responsibility.Get in touch
Megan counts sailing out of Sydney Heads on a blustery day as one of the most exciting things she has ever done – the exhilaration, the sense of adventure and the absolute faith put in a much, much more knowledgeable sailor stays with her still.
Though mostly a twilight sailor on the harbour with a few offshore jaunts to inspire her, she appreciates the pull – and skill – of ocean racing, recognises the unmistakeable trust that forms between those on board over time, and treasures the inexplicable and unforgettable poetry and peace that the ocean imparts (while being ever respectful of its power).
All this makes a nice change from her desk job as an editor, which embarrassingly, also gives her great pleasure. Yes, dotting i’s and crossing t’s is strangely satisfying, but above all, it’s the thrill of publishing – bringing together the expertise of a wide range of people, formulating ideas and concepts, and forming a cohesive publication – in print or online – that drives her.
She often jokes it’s a bit like gathering the wind, and it’s something she’s made a career of since the internet was just a baby, books were big business and wfh was just business as usual. Over this time, she has spent stints with major organisations and publishers, most notably the ABC, but also balances the commercial with the not-for-profit, using her skills for good.
Who knew, as a young arts graduate, that following what you were interested in would lead to such a varied and interesting career – and you could vicariously enjoy the sailing and yachting world from your desk.
As e e cummings said, ‘it’s always ourselves we find in the sea.’Get in touch
Charlotte has been a passionate sailor since before she could walk and has subsequently faced the horrors of a naval architecture degree and such dubious delights as racing through the Southern Ocean.
Her highlights, however, have all involved superyachts, exotic locations and a plentiful supply of rum. A former editor of Boat International magazine, she is an experienced journalist, photojournalist, editor and agency creative specialising in the travel, technology, yachting and luxury lifestyle sectors.Get in touch
Growing up in a coastal town, Jack’s love of the water was immediate. He spent his childhood swimming, surfing and puttering around on dinghies exploring mysterious islands. The son of a sailor, he has spent considerable time on the ocean with his father.
A graduate of UNE with a Bachelor of Communications, Jack has had a passion for writing from an early age, having been published in a collection of poetry at the age of twelve, going on to be a writer and content producer at different companies along the way.
After several diverse roles, including covering sailing and boating events around Australia, his two loves – the ocean and media – have converged in his role as Online Content Producer at Ocean Media.Get in touch
With a career in advertising sales that spans more than 25 years, Michele earned her stripes in some of the world’s biggest media organisations.
Having spent almost twenty years at News Corp on The Australian newspaper, and then the iconic business and political magazine The Bulletin, she moved into senior roles in the field of fashion and high-end luxury titles.
In 2010 she joined Ocean Media, where she continues to grow her skillset in business and luxury advertising, immersing herself in the world of boating.
While embracing the digital era, Michele firmly believes that print continues to provide a solid platform for marketers, delivering a level of recall, engagement and longevity that can’t be matched.
Passionate about all wildlife both on land and under the water, she believes it’s imperative that together we strive to preserve the environment and protect all wildlife.
Chat to her about conservation and you’re in for a robust debate!Get in touch
“Design, and specifically magazine design, has always been a personal passion,” says Steve, our Canadian expat, who chose our Great Southern Land after too many dreary, dark cold winters took their toll.
“It helped that Sydney was the ideal jumping-off point for travel in Asia, had a vibrant design community, everyone spoke English, and it was warm for three quarters of the year!”
After designing three award-winning magazine titles overseas, and several exploratory trips, Stephen was brought out to design Australia’s leading men’s magazine title at the time, and continued to win international awards for his art direction.
He then began his own branding design business with clients that ranged from large multinationals right down to the corner coffee shop. But when the opportunity to work on Ocean and Sails magazines, as well as the redesign of The Great Southern Route (GSR), he says, “I jumped at the chance to reignite my magazine design cravings.”
So, any tips for budding designers? “Editorial design should be straight forward – simplicity is always key. When a design looks like it’s been designed, it’s not good design.”
It’s a job he clearly enjoys, especially working with some of the most talented photographers and illustrators in the world. “They are all specialists,” he says. “I realised a very long time ago to ask these creatives for what you require and then leave them alone to go even further. Invariably, they come back with something that is better than what you originally imagined.”
And what about working on titles that revolve entirely around water? “It’s a wonderful, daily challenge. I couldn’t swim a stroke when I first moved here. I can now,” he says with that dry sense of humour he brings to the team.Get in touch
Gail is originally from Wellington in New Zealand. Before coming to Ocean Media she ran an online business while raising her three children.
If there were more hours in the day, Gail would take a ceramics course to unleash her creative side. Her ideal holiday would be travelling around Ireland with her husband or walking the Abel Tasman track with the kids.
She’s an enthusiastic team worker and multitasker who is looking forward to gaining insight into journalism and design, and hopefully, learning to sail.Get in touch