To entertain you over the Christmas break, we have brought out the January issue early. And filled it with useful advice and stories about interesting people.
For keelboat owners (and crew) there's a high-tech story about routing software, a detailed view of safety issues and a fun story about what to do when you're the bloke (or woman) on the bow.
Off-the-beach racers aren't forgotten – you can read about a brand new Italian single-handed dinghy, find out how to get to the nationals fit to win and read about all the up-coming nationals and who is favoured to win them.
If you will be sailing in tide, then David Dellenbaugh's column is compulsive reading. Do you know what the moving rug analogy is, and did you know that lee-bowing current is a waste of time?
Unfortunately nine into three doesn't go, as we explore in the story called War of the Women. It takes you inside training with the Australian Women's Match Racing team and looks at the task of cutting the squad down to the three who will be favourites for a medal at the London Olympics. If you want to make a career out of sailing, you could do worse than model yourself on Sam Newton, as Bob Ross explains in Rising Star.
Finally, there are two chances to win bottles of Bundy, by sending photographs or letters to the editor.
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– Roger McMillan, editor.