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In the wake of too many recent events, the November Cruising Helmsman provides sage advice and fantastic photography for you to savour.

The sailing media nowadays appears awash with sad stories of yachts running aground and crews stranded, saved or lost forever. What is going on? We include two articles this month that take some in depth look at what may be an increasingly distressing outcome of current sailing practices.

Do we rely on electronics too much? Sometimes it is sensible to retain the old school ways and our two stories highlight why and how.

For those long time readers of Cruising Helmsman you may well recognise the writer for our Shag Islet Rendezvous report on page 16. Sharon Smallwood is well-known to those cruising in far north Queensland but to the rest of us she has been lost for many years while she pursued onshore employment. We welcome her back in to the fold.

Many readers may also enjoy our maintenance series of articles by the redoubtable and highly-moustachioed Bruce Nicholson. Well now his partner Deb Bott has taken up the pen as well. She has provided us with a quick rundown of what yachts joining the Sail West Kalimantan Rally can expect. It is a action-packed, fun-filled ride and this is just the first day!

Our series of articles from Suzan Muir continue recounting the trip around the top of Western Australia in their eight metre trailer sailer. One fantastic trip.

We had planned to publish Venessa Haynes article about the advantages of buying a yacht in the Caribbean many months ago. I checked with her after the series of cyclones had been through this beautiful area and she reassures me that not only is there plenty to do and see and cruise, these islands need you now more than ever.

Our continuing look at anchoring techniques continue with possibly the most detailed explanation of snubbing for the smoothest ride ever.

Naturally there is still plenty more in the November issue of Cruising Helmsman. Get to your newsagent or, better yet, get here:

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