The February issue of Australian Sailing is one of the most interesting we have produced for a long time.
There is new technology - dynamic stability systems are likely to replace canting keels and become almost standard equipment on race boats, allowing you to sail faster and to point higher through the lift that the board generates. They also give a more stable ride, which is great for anyone who gets seasick. Then there is the Spaysail - a cross between a spinnaker and a staysail that allows you to go faster downwind, and again to sail better angles.
If you are looking for information on new gear, there is advice on selecting gloves and boots for dinghy sailing and a brand-new electronics suite from B&G that puts advanced navigation tools in the hands of the average club sailor. You can view your laylines, import weather gribs and display your boat's polars, for example.
Among our "sailing better" features, we cover how to steer and trim for velocity shifts, how to sail better in light airs, how to go upwind in an Optimist (or other beginner dinghy) and how to handle the role of tactician. And for those in weight-restricted classes or who just want to be healthier, Andrew Verdon tells how to lose weight safely and permanently.
There is also plenty about regattas - reports on the Perth test regatta (where a big improvement is needed before Perth 2011), the highs and lows of the Sail Down Under series, and of course a wrap of the biggest big boat race - The Rolex Sydney-Hobart - including an analysis of the protest against Wild Oats.
Bob Ross gives an update on the IRC and ORCi handicap systems, Roger McMillan challenges sailors and administrators to improve their performances at regattas and Phil Jones writes about the importance of major events. All in all, there is plenty of reading for even the most critical sailing fan.
The issue is on sale at most news agents, or you can subscibe by going to www.yaffa.com.au.