Just hitting your news stands now, the August issue of leading Australian sailing magazine Cruising Helmsman features an action and info-packed lineup of stories.
Leading the way is the sad but heart-warming tale of Ali van Os, the Australian teenager killed in a freak boating accident in Thailand earlier this year. In this honest, no-holds-barred story, Ali's mother, Joanne van Os, writes of their final six-month cruise to SE Asia with Ali and the events before and after her death.
Also in August, contributors turn the spotlight on piracy in the Gulf of Aden and Asia, focussing on recent events there and the risk posed to cruisers by them.
In a practical vein, Jon Neeves shows you how to save money with a step-by-step guide to servicing your diesel and Alan Lucas tells you how to strike that elusive straight waterline. CH editor Caroline Strainig also investigates the SailTime boat membership program and reviews the new Hanse 320.
Destination features include Mackay, the idyllic NSW South Coast town of Bermagui and the US's inland waterway. The ever-popular Ideas Locker, Skippers' Checklist, Boat Books Review, Waterfront and My Boat complete the lineup.