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UPDATE FOR 2010:
DSM, as it likes to be known, is a monthly publication that deals almost specifically with - you've guessed it - dinghy sailing!
There are regular columns from well-respected experts, and plenty of articles that should keep the average dinghy sailor interested. I always look forward to this mag being delivered to me - I subscribe, as it isn't always the easiest magazine to find in the shops.
It contains all sorts of articles about dinghy sailing each month, from racing, tactics, dinghy classes, race reports, cruising and safety boat techniques.
I started reading this magazine as an absolute beginner, when it didn't make an awful lot of sense, but once you have an understanding of what dinghy sailing is about, the articles become much more relevant.
It does provide the beginner with some good articles, but it is admittedly more aimed towards the dedicated club racer.
The closest magazine of this type is Yachts & Yachting (Y&Y), which is now in a monthly format. Y&Y is a better quality magazine, with more in-depth articles, though there are some months when it contains very little dinghy-orientated articles. For that reason, I would recommend DSM to anyone who JUST wants to know about dinghy sailing.
Early in 2009, the magazine changed publishers and had a new Editorial Team, which I'm sorry to say was not a success. For some months, it looked as if the mag might fold, and the articles were getting less interesting. The mag was filled with errors and clearly wasn't going to last. The articles were just getting worse with each issue...
HOWEVER! Early in 2010, a NEW Editorial Team have taken over.
The magazine now has very useful, well written articles written specifically FOR dinghy sailors, written BY dinghy sailors!
The content of the mag has improved immensely over the last few months. Now it really is a much better read (for a dinghy sailor) than Y&Y.
The production and quality of the magazine is also much improved since last year, with relevant, captioned photographs, and is printed on much better quality paper.
I recommend DSM to any dinghy sailor.
Why has it taken so long for a magazine to arrive on the market that is dedicated to dinghy sailing and racing? Although the sport is covered in reasonable depth by Yachts and Yachting, they also cover keelboat racing and multihulls, and their articles. I think, are written in a way that appeals more to adults than young sailors. I was really excited to hear about the launch of this new magazine and I am very impressed with the first few issues. It is bright and well laid out, with good photo content. Most importantly the articles are written in an informal and approachable style that is attractive to all age ranges of dinghy sailors. Th content is helpful and informative for those thinking about learning to sail, at a club, UK-based school or on a holiday in the sun. If I was recommending a magazine to someone young and new to the sport, I would suggest Dinghy Sailing every time over Y&Y. Subjects covered in the current (June 2002) include basic and advanced sailing and racing techniques, boat and gear tests, sailing holidays and reports on all kinds of national and club level events, plus a prize draw to win a boat. There is a section for boats for sale, at very reasonable advertising rates. The editorial content of the magazine is good value for the £2.95 cover price. The advertising is all relevant and doesn't make you feel there's too much of it. The magazine doesn't yet have a real 'companion' website - at present it is just the front page of the latest issue and a subscription form. I do know that it's being run on a very tight budget and websites that have to keep up, complement and partially duplicate the magazine cost a lot to maintain. It would be good to extend the website a little to include the contact information for submitting race reports etc, and a preview of what is in the next magazine.