TO participate in the annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race is a career highlight for oceanloving sailors. If you’re still working on your sailor skills, warm-water races during Queensland’s Hamilton Island Race Week provide an opportunity to mix a little maritime partying with acquiring skills. Sunshine Sailing Australia has a range of offshore training adventures through the year, including its eight-day Race Week program from August 20 to 27. Cost: $2500 for hands-on experience on board a new Hanse 400e led by Royal Yachting Association yachtmaster ocean instructors. More: learn2sail.com.au. ARMCHAIR TRAVELLER Monty Don’s Italian Gardens: In episode two of this amiable plantsman’s series on Italy’s best gardens, he ventures from classical estates and the lakeside follies of the north to a gem in Padua, declared the world’s oldest garden dedicated to the study of plants’ medicinal properties. Sunday, 8.35pm, BBC Knowledge. Midsomer Murders: One of the best things about ageing is forgetting whether you’ve actually seen an ep of Midsomer Murders; this one has been around the houses, but wait, there’s a new series starting on ABC1 on July 17, with DCI John Barnaby, Tom’s cousin. Wednesday, 7.30pm, UKTV.