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Moderate Westerly forecast for the Brass Monkey

by Andy Rice 24 Dec 2018 20:00 GMT 27 December 2018
Launching at the Brass Monkey in 2017 © Tim Olin /

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...

Normally it's cold enough to freeze the balls off a Brass Monkey, but this year's trek northwards looks set to be a mild and moderate outing for round three of the Selden SailJuice Winter Series. The Yorkshire Dales Brass Monkey takes place on 27 December in the spectacular surroundings of Grimwith Reservoir, and it attracts some top-flight competition. Please note that entries for this event are now closed.

Just three days later it's round four of the Series, the Grafham Grand Prix, with more than 100 boats already entered. Entry is online only at up to 20:00 on Friday 28th December 2018.

Graham Tinsley is back to defend his Brass Monkey title from 12 months ago, but there are plenty of big names among the 79 entries for him to watch out for. Former World Champion Neil Marsden is racing a GP14. Top-flight Fireball team, Ian Dobson and Richard Wagstaff, will be looking to plane their way into the front but have some other high-level Fireballs to watch out for, not least Mr Fireball himself, boatbuilder Dave Winder crewed by Ben Rayner.

Quite a few crews are attempting all seven events the Selden SailJuice Winter Series including Blaze sailor Richard Botting who managed all seven last season. Others who are making a long trip from the south include father and son team in the Osprey from Castle Cove Sailing Club in Weymouth, Ben and Simon Hawkes. Other family teams include series regulars Ralph and Sophie Singleton in the RS800, Colin and Oly Murray in the Norfolk Punt and winners of this event from five years ago in their 49er, Matty and James Lyons.

Among the singlehanded stars are Eleanor Craig in the Radial, Craig Williamson in the RS Aero, and previous winners of the Series, Tom Gillard sailing a Solo and Nick Craig in a D-One.

The Yorkshire Dales Brass Monkey is also part of the brand new Great British Sailing Challenge, with live tracking of all the boats.

Meanwhile, remember to get your entry in soon for the Grafham Grand Prix at

The Events

The following events constitute the Seldén SailJuice Winter Series 2018/19:

  • Fernhurst Books Draycote Dash, Draycote Water Sailing Club
    17 & 18 November 2018

  • Datchet Flyer, Datchet Water Sailing Club
    8 & 9 December 2018

  • Brass Monkey, Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club
    27 December 2018

  • Grafham Grand Prix, Grafham Water Sailing Club
    30 December 2018

  • Bloody Mary, Queen Mary Sailing Club
    12 January 2019

  • John Merricks Tiger Trophy, Rutland Sailing Club
    2 & 3 February 2019

  • Oxford Blue, Oxford Sailing Club
    16 February 2019
You can find out more about the Series at

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