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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Destination Afloat - SU­SAN KUROSAWA

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.

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