Dieter's educational background is decidedly continental: He holds a Ph.D. in political science and journalism from Austria's University of Vienna. Fittingly, it's his talent and versatility as a journalist that originally caught our eye. For nearly two decades, Dieter has written for sailing publications all over the world covering nearly ever facet of the yachting scene: cruising, racing, boat tests, restoration, the America's Cup, and the Olympic Games. He, too, is a book author, having recently written The Folkboat Story, the definitive study of one of his favorite all-time designs. And just prior to joining our team, he worked at West Marine, where he wrote the West Advisors for the company's ubiquitous catalogs.