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Hill MacGibbon
1985
Simulation
£9.95
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
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Colette McDermott
Chris Bourne

THE HOLIDAYS are over, and the summer? - well that never began. But why not spend your autumn evenings learning the skill of yachting made easy with Yacht Race.

Even Simon Le Bon could handle this one and he does not need to have insurance either. Impress your friends with your knowledge, and make up stories about sailing stormy seas and how you almost won the Americas Cup last year.

Carefully planned levels allow you to build up your skills step by step. In the first three levels you learn the basic skills of steering, trimming the sails and balance. Having mastered those you can pit your knowledge against the computer boat. Finally you compete against Black Streak, where the pedalo mob is weeded out from the true sailors.

The main screen can be toggled to a map which plots out the water, showing your present position and the dangers - buoys and sand banks - which surround you. You never actually see your yacht - only the bows - but if you change direction or lose balance you will enjoy a simulated drowning!

Yacht Race is great fun and gives a real insight into the world of sailing. A booklet is also enclosed, giving tips and clear, easy-to-read, instructions.

Colette McDermott

Publisher: Five Ways Software
Price: £6.95
Memory: 48K
Joystick: Kempston, Sinclair

*****

5/5