Moderate north-westerlies are forecast for this weekend’s Datchet Flyer the second event in this season’s Seldén SailJuice Winter Series.
Over 50 boats from more than 30 different dinghy classes have entered, with many of the usual suspects along with some new names competing in Sailjuice events for the first time.
ENTER ALL THE EVENTS
Online entry for the Datchet Flyer, and all others in the series, is available at www.sailjuiceseries.com
WHO’S IN THE RUNNING?
Fraser Hayden from Papercourt finished runner-up two years ago at Datchet, and is back in his Solo to see if he can go one better. Maybe managing director of Seldén, Steve Norbury, will give Hayden a run for his money. Sailing with his old friend and crew from way-back-when in 420s, Andy Hill, Norbury is competing in an RS400.
Offshore racing veteran, Nigel King, is competing in an OK singlehander while Richard Smith’s outing at the previous series event, the Fernhurst Books Draycote Dash, shows he could be a threat in his Musto Skiff in moderate conditions.
There are good entries already in 420s, Ospreys and K1 singlehanded keelboats, as well as more unusual entries such as a Snipe, sailed by the National Champion Lloyd Roberts along with Katy Seddon from Bough Beech. If the wind is light, then Jamie Stewart’s three-man Thames A-Rater will be hard to hold back.
WIN A SELDÉN R60 RATCHET BLOCK!
Want to win a Seldén R60 Ratchet Block? It’s one of the grippiest blocks on the market, and is kind to your mainsheet too.
For displaying a Seldén sticker on your boat whilst racing at the Seldén Sailjuice Winter Series, you’ll be entered into a prize draw to win an R60 to put on your boat. Seldén are awarding two R60s for each of the events in this season’s series.
Series photographer Tim Olin will be capturing images of you whilst you compete on the water. A sticker on either side of the bow doubles your chances of being ‘Seldén papped’ by Tim, but if you can think of somewhere more inventive and visible to position your sticker(s), then see if you can grab Tim’s attention with your creativity!
Seldén stickers will be handed out at morning registration.
Aside from the main contest for overall honours, there are lots of other category competitions including ‘the Craftinsure.com Top Class’, which is based on taking the best three results from each class in each individual race of the Series.
The following events are in the Seldén SailJuice Winter Series 2022/23:
Fernhurst Books Draycote Dash, Draycote Water Sailing Club
20 & 21 November 2022
Datchet Flyer, Datchet Water Sailing Club
3 & 4 December 2022
Yorkshire Dales Brass Monkey, Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club
27 December 2022
Burghfield Breezer, Burghfield Sailing Club
27 December 2022
Grafham Grand Prix, Grafham Water Sailing Club
2 January 2023
Bloody Mary, Queen Mary Sailing Club
7 January 2023
King George Gallop, King George Sailing Club
21 January 2023
John Merricks Tiger Trophy, Rutland Sailing Club
4 & 5 February 2023
Oxford Blue, Oxford Sailing Club
18 February 2023
Prizegiving at RYA Dinghy Show, Farnborough
25 February 2023
Photo Credits: Tim Olin
Notes to editors:
Previous winners of the Seldén Sailjuice Winter Series
2021/22 Roger Gilbert & Ben McGrane (505)
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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