Please select your home edition
Edition
Super Spars 728x90 - The Mast for You
Product Feature
NeilPryde Sailing Optimist Bottom Cover
NeilPryde Sailing Optimist Bottom Cover
Boat Insurance from Noble Marine


Full racing risks
New for old cover
www.noblemarine.co.uk

Wild westerly on its way for the Datchet Flyer

by Andy Rice 7 Dec 2018 15:06 GMT 8-9 December 2018
Selden SailJuice Winter Series Datchet Flyer on 8-9 December © Tim Olin / www.olinphoto.co.uk

The trapeze boat sailors are licking their lips at the prospect of a strong westerly wind for this weekend's Datchet Flyer, round two of the Selden SailJuice Winter Series. After a few years of quieter, gentler contests at the west London reservoir, the 2018 edition looks set for a tougher test.

Big breeze experts like Stuart Jones and the other Contender sailors could come to the fore this weekend, along with other trapeze singlehanders such as reigning national champion Richard Smith and his fellow RS600 competitors. It's a forecast that's also likely to appeal to the 420s and Fireballs. For Series photographer Tim Olin it could be a barnstorming event for capturing spectacular images of the competitors moving at warp speed.

Entry is available on the day, although it's cheaper if you enter before the end of today at www.sailjuiceseries.com

This event is also the second in the brand new Great British Sailing Challenge. And as ever, there are competitions within the competition and here's the update after round one at Draycote...

selden.sailracer.org/eventsites/content.asp?id=46961&eventid=211504&templ=

Sailing Chandlery Top Class rankings

The RS Aero 7 class put up a strong showing at Selden SailJuice Winter Series #1 to head the Sailing Chandlery Top Class leaderboard, but they are hotly pursued by defending champions the Solo Class and the Blaze Class completing the podium.

Trident Top Club

Staunton Harold Sailing Club members were out in force at Draycote, topping the Trident Top Club rankings. Previous winners Burghfield SC were not far behind in second, with Netley completing the podium.

Youth Rankings

It was great to see new names and very young sailors competing at Draycote. Jamie Mason (Radial) from Blithfield was top youth taking three wins on extracted results. Series regular, Abigail Larr (Laser 4.7), Northampton took the other two races and second overall, with Lydia Barber (Radial), Blithfield not far behind in third.

GUL Top Ladies

Previous winners Eleanor Craig (Radial), Draycote, and Ann Jackson (Enterprise), Burghfield, enjoyed some very close racing to find the top lady. In the end Ann came out on top on extracted results, with Eleanor second and Emma Pearson (Cherub), Stokes Bay third, despite sitting out the non-discardable pursuit race.

SpeedSix Challenge

Kyle Stoneham (International Moth) topped the SpeedSix Speed Wall, seeing a sustained 14.7 knots, nearly 50% faster than the wind, with the Cherub of Emma Pearson and Nick Pearson second, and regular Speedsters the Singletons (RS800) in third. On an adjusted basis the Cherub moved to top spot, with the Challenger of Val Millward second, and RS600 champ Richard Smith completing the podium.

Related Articles

160 boats battle it out at Oxford Blue
National 18 prevails at light airs Selden SailJuice Winter Series finale Peter Gray powered his National 18 to victory at the Oxford Blue, the seventh and final round of the Selden SailJuice Winter Series which took place last Saturday with a maxed-out 160-boat entry... Posted today at 12:55 pm
Super 8 in podium contention for 150-boat finale
Selden SailJuice Winter Series concludes at the Oxford Blue The seventh and final round of the Selden SailJuice Winter Series, the Oxford Blue, takes place on Saturday. With the entry list maxed out at 150, Farmoor Reservoir will see the top eight boats battle for the overall podium.... Posted on 15 Feb
John Merricks Tiger Trophy
Marsden and McGovern blast their way to victory Round six of the Selden SailJuice Winter Series, the John Merricks Tiger Trophy, attracted 118 boats to the start line despite the horrendous wind chill factor. Old boys Neil Marsden and Jonny McGovern showed the nippers how to race a 420 at warp speed... Posted on 4 Feb
Ian Walker among the 100+ entries for Tiger Trophy
Seldén SailJuice Winter Series reaches event six this weekend Round six of the Selden SailJuice Winter Series, the John Merricks Tiger Trophy, is looking set for a challenging weekend for Ian Walker and the other legends, not least an unlikely appearance from the commissioner of Hazzard County... Posted on 30 Jan
A not so Bloody Mary this year?
Moderate and mild forecast for the GJW Direct Bloody Mary As it's name implies, the Bloody Mary can be a bruising affair. It's normally blisteringly cold. So if you fancy a crack at this winter classic, this Saturday is the time to head to west London while the weather is reasonably kind. Posted on 9 Jan
F18, N18 & 2000 are Grafham Grand Prix victors
Record 203 boats for Selden SailJuice Winter Series Round 4 A record entry of 203 boats contested the 38th edition of the Grafham Grand Prix, round four of the Selden SailJuice Winter Series... Posted on 1 Jan
Yorkshire Dales Brass Monkey
Murrays emerge from fog to win a one-race Monkey The Murrays' Norfolk Punt wins a one-race Brass Monkey ahead of Nick Craig in a D-Zero, while entries for Grafham close at 203... Posted on 29 Dec 2018
The Top 10 Biggest Sailing Stories of 2018: Part 2
Some really not very obvious-at-all stories that have crept in! There are the stories that you think are the biggest stories of the year, the ones that make the biggest splash. But what actually ARE the biggest stories? Posted on 25 Dec 2018
Moderate Westerly forecast for the Brass Monkey
A capacity fleet of 79 entries set for the Yorkshire Dales A capacity fleet of 79 entries looking to take the crown away from Graham Tinsley's Laser, and still time to enter the Grafham Grand Prix this Sunday... Posted on 24 Dec 2018
The Top 10 Biggest Sailing Stories of 2018: Part 1
Andy Rice speaks to Mark Jardine to discuss the list! These are the stories that you think are the biggest stories of the year, the ones that make the biggest splash. But what actually ARE the biggest stories? Posted on 21 Dec 2018