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The August- September issue of Australian Sailing has a wealth of interesting information for anyone who races their boat.

For offshore enthusiasts, Will Oxley gives a comprehensive description of the navigator's role in the Sydney Hobart, plus an exhaustive list of things to do and items to check off. And if race weeks or club races are more your thing, Ross Vickers looks at making better use of the instruments that are supplied with standard production boats such as Beneteau, Jeanneau or Dufour.

Going even smaller down the scale, sports boats popular with former skiffies and anyone else who feels the need for speed. Andrew York explores the rise in popularity of these fast fliers and gives some tips on how to make them go.

Former editor Vanessa Dudley has written an excellent piece on women in sailing, the first of a four-part series. In this issue, she looks at the pioneers who took on the men and won way back at the end of the nineteenth century. 

If you have some fibreglass reapir work to do, or other maintenance issues, then the article by another former editor, Bob Ross, is the place to start. Bob's article is accompanied by photographs showing each step in the process.

If you're in the market for a new yacht, there is a huge range on display at this year's Sydney International Boat Show, where you can also get expert advice on insurance, sails, electronics and other gear. This issue lists the major suppliers and tells you what you can see at their stands.

David Dellenbaugh's Speed & Smarts column is a must-read for racing sailors - it covers off the new rules about port tacking at the top mark. As always, David accompanies his text with excellent diagrams that make the whole process easy to understand.

Thee is plenty more in the magazine, including some tips on winter training, a couple of innovative training programs for youth sailors and a look at the upcoming J Class Worlds in Newport, Rhode Island, where the stately giants of a past America's Cup era will be going through their paces.

You can buy an electronic copy of the magazine online or take out a subscription here, to make sure you don't miss any vital articles. Or you can go to your local newsagent.

 

 

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