Winners of the opening event of the Seldén SailJuice Winter Series, the 505 team of Roger Gilbert and Ben McGrane, are among the 80-plus entries already signed up to next weekend’s Datchet Flyer, taking place on 11 & 12 December. Others to watch include Pete Barton in the RS Aero, Nick Craig and Toby Lewis in a GP14, along with an armada of 420 entries that could prove tough to beat if the breeze kicks in.
If you want to enter the event at the best price, discounted online entry closes this Tuesday.
Meanwhile here’s some of the detail from the recent Event #1 of the Series, the Fernhurst Books Draycote Dash won by Gilbert and McGrane. In addition to the overall results there are a number of specialist rankings, reflecting the fantastic diversity of the UK dinghy racing scene.
Craftinsure Family Rankings
Sailing is one of the few lifelong sports where all ages can compete and importantly all the family can participate together. It was great to see several family teams competing at Draycote, either in the same boat or across different classes. The winner of the Craftinsure Family Rankings will get the great prize of insurance for their boat. The Birds’ Enterprise tops the rankings sailed by Nigel and Andy. In second, John Knight in a Supernova with Sam in an RS400. Completing the podium, father and daughter Hugh and Ellen Devereux in a GP14.
Trident Top Club
With the winners taking away a big Trident voucher to spend on their club, the Trident Top Club rankings are highly contested. Based on the best three results for each club across every race. Hosts Draycote Water SC fielded a strong team and top the rankings, closely followed by Emberton Park SC and Staunton Harold SC.
RestartSailing Top Class
Based on the best three results for each class across every race. The 505s had a large entry at Draycote with two boats in the top 10, including winners Roger Gilbert and Ben McGrane, so no surprise to see the 505 class leading the RestartSailing Top Class rankings after round 1, with the RS200s and Rs Aero 7s completing the podium, two classes that have regularly been near the top of these rankings over the years.
Series regular and often seen heading the Top Lady rankings, Ellie Craig sailing an RS Aero 7 takes the top spot after Round 1, with young Clem Middle in a Topper a very credible second, and last winter's winner Val Millward (Challenger), third.
Sunday saw some great breezes for the long-distance Draycote Dash pursuit race, and many boats recording sustained speeds in double figures on the SailRacer GPS trackers. Winners Roger Gilbert and Ben McGrane in their 505 posted the fastest speed with a sustained 12.32 kts. On adjusted speeds, Graham Hall (Challenger) was top, and despite racing one of the slowest boats still achieved an unadjusted sustained 10.08 kts. Followed closely by the RS Aeros of Pere Barton and Selden's Steve Norbury.
Youth and Juniors
Great to see a strong youth fleet out at Draycote, local Joe Rowe representing the Draycote Academy in his Topper was No.1 youth and also top junior. Impressively Joe was third in the pursuit race leading till the dying minutes and after racing hard for two hours.
The RS200 of James Williams and Sarah Tuppen, Chew Valley Sailing Club, had a great first day at Draycote, and provisional overnight leaders, and head the 19-30 age rankings.
Last winter's runner up Luke Fisher (RS Vareo - Emberton Park SC), had a great start to his campaign with a third overall and on extracted results heading the large 31-60 age rankings.
Nigel and Andy Bird (Enterprise) were 5th overall and Top Masters in this competitive age group.
With a big 505 fleet it was no surprise the class dominated this category, with Roger Gilbert and Ben McGrane (505 - Netley SC) winning, Steve Irish and Norman Byrd (505 - Draycote Water SC ), Tom Jeffcoate and Tim Hartley (505 - Draycote Water SC) completing the podium.
The RS400s were out in force at Draycote and took the top three places, with Sam Knight and Chris Bownes (RS400 - Bartley SC).
The symmetric and non-spinnaker type boats made up the largest entry, with Pete Barton (RS Aero 7 - Lymington Town SC) heading this group, from Nigel and Andy Brid (Enterprise) and Hugh and Ellie Devereux (GP14 - Budworth SC) third.
Luke Fisher (RS Vareo - Emberton Park SC) topped this GBSC category, from James Williams and Sarah Tuppen (RS200 - Chew Valley Sailing Club) and classmates Nigel and Dianna Pepperdine (RS200 - Staunton Harold SC) completing the podium.
The following events are in the Seldén SailJuice Winter Series 2021/22:
Fernhurst Books Draycote Dash, Draycote Water SC
20 & 21 November 2021
Datchet Flyer, Datchet Water Sailing Club
11 & 12 December 2021
Yorkshire Dales Brass Monkey, Yorkshire Dales SC
27 December 2021
Burghfield Breezer, Burghfield Sailing Club
27 December 2021
Grafham Grand Prix, Grafham Water Sailing Club
2 January 2022
Bloody Mary, Queen Mary Sailing Club
8 January 2022
King George Gallop, King George Sailing Club
22 January 2022
John Merricks Tiger Trophy, Rutland Sailing Club
5 & 6 February 2022
Oxford Blue, Oxford Sailing Club
19 February 2022
Photo Credits: Tim Olin
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Previous winners of the Seldén Sailjuice Winter Series
2020/21 Simon Horsfield & Katie Burridge/ Natalie Johnson (2000)
2019/20 Simon Horsfield & Katie Burridge (2000)
2018/19 Simon Horsfield & Katie Burridge (2000)
2017/18 Alistair Goodwin (Laser)
2016/17 Matt Mee & Emma Norris (RS200)
2015/16 Ian Dobson & Andy Tunnicliffe (GP14)
2014/15 Nick Craig & various crews (Merlin Rocket)
2013/14 Michael Sims (Solo)
2012/13 Tom Gillard & Simon Potts (Fireball)
2011/12 Peter Gray & Rachael Rhodes (Scorpion)
2010/11 Andy Peake (Musto Skiff)
2009/10 Olly Turner & Richard Whitworth (Merlin Rocket)
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