There are two articles about the Sydney Hobart in the December/January issue of Australian Sailing. In the first, Di Pearson reveals the amazing story behind the restoration of the famous S&S ocean racer, Dorade, while in the second, Roger McMillan looks at the form guide for what should be an amazing 628nm race.

With four previous line honours winners among the super maxis and some old rivalries appearing again, the battle at the front will keep everyone spell-bound. But for people who actually know what the race is really about (ie other sailors), the handicap battle should be equalling fascinating. A huge fleet of 50 footers will make for some very tense duals should the weather favour that size of boat.

There is also an excellent article by Will Oxley about offshore bavigation, and there are sure to be skippers and navigators who are going to Hobart, or heading north to Coffs or Southport, who will be reviewing his words of wisdom.

Two articles from the old masters should be on everyone's reading list. Bob Ross tells how you can save money and achieve longer high performance by looking after your sails properly while Alan Lucas covers the subject of getting off, when you have run aground.

Regulars David Dellenbaugh (a rules quiz on mark roundings), Tony Bull (working on your weaknesses with emphasis on light airs sailing) and Andrew Verdon (fitness for Masters) have all delivered great columns while Vanessa Dudley has written the second part of her series on Women in Sailing.

It's a jam-packed issue that would make a good Christmas present or could be added to the pile of "things to do during the holiday period".

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