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Seldén Sailjuice Winter Series Datchet Flyer maxed out at 100 entries

by Andy Rice 6 Dec 2019 17:13 GMT 7-8 December 2019
Seldén Sailjuice Winter Series Datchet Flyer © Tim Olin /

Round 2 of the Seldén Sailjuice Winter Series was booked out by the start of the week, and there's a huge range of boats entered, from the Albacore to the Yachting World Dayboat...

A moderate to strong wind forecast is ready to greet a maxed-out entry of 100 boats for this weekend's Datchet Flyer, the second round in the 11th edition of the Seldén Sailjuice Winter Series. Already there have been 300 entries to this year's Series with only the first of eight events - the Fernhurst Books Draycote Dash - completed. There are big entries from the RS300 and the RS600, although the largest contingent will be the Toppers. Lesser spotted classes that don't often appear in the Seldén Sailjuice Winter Series include the Albacore and the Yachting World Dayboat, as the circuit continues to fulfil its appeal to every kind of dinghy in the UK. Last year's winner, Richard Smith, will be relishing another breezy forecast for his RS600.

There are plenty of races within the overall race. Here's a summary of some of the other competitions going on within the eight-event Series:

Sailing Chandlery Top Class
With a star studded cast, the GP14 class dominated the Sailing Chandlery Top class rankings. Defending champions, the Laser Class got off to a good start in second place, with the Fireballs completing the podium in third. The Sailing Chandlery Top class rankings are based on the best three results from each class across every race.

Trident Top Club
With 59 different sailing clubs represented at the Fernhurst Books Draycote Dash, the Trident Top Club rankings are very close after Seldén SailJuice Winter Series #1. Hosts Draycote Water SC managed to take the top spot, from Staunton Harold SC and Northampton SC in third. Trident Top Club rankings are based on the best three results from each club across every race.

Great British Sailing Challenge Rankings
The Seldén SailJuice Winter Series sees the start of the qualifiers for the 2020 GBSC. In addition to the overall rankings, there are a number of group rankings, covering type of boats and sailor demographics. Rankings are based on extracted results across all races, with a discard at every three races.

1. Ellie Craig (RS Aero 7)
2. Emma Pearson (Europe)
3. Val Millward (Challenger)

GBSC Fast Asymmetric
1. Colin Murray (Punt)
2. Steve Cockerill (RS400)
3. Tom Morris (RS800)

GBSC Slow Asymmetric
1. Alex Horlock (Comet Trio MK2)
2. James George (RS200)
2=. Nigel Pepperdine (RS200)

GBSC Fast Symmetric
1. Martyn Lewis (Fireball)
2. Alistair Raynard (Osprey)
3. Tim Bird (505)

GBSC Slow Symmetric
1. Ian Dobson (GP14)
2. Sam Watson (GP14)
3. Peter Gray (GP14)

GBSC Youth
1. Alistair Brown (Radial)
2. George Sunderland (Laser)
3. Tim Hire (RS Aero 7)

GBSC Junior
1. James Crossley (Topper)
2. William Sunderland (Radial)
3. Ted Ball (Topper)

GBSC 19-30
1= Alex Horlock (Comet Trio MK2)
2= Sam Watson (GP14)
3. Thomas Gillard (Scorpion)

GBSC Masters
1. Tim Bird (505)
2. Philip Meakins (Osprey)
3=. Val Millward (Challenger)
3=. Graham Hall (Challenger)

SpeedSix Challenge

1 Ed HIGSON Waszp 2703 14.27 kts
2 Tom MORRIS RS800 1144 11.82 kts
3 Robert GULLAN RS800 1124 11.59 kts

1 Simon HORSFIELD 2000 22334 9.01 9.91
2 Mark BARNES B14 795 11.31 9.73
3 Tom MORRIS RS800 1144 11.82 9.44

Every helmsman can run a personal search on their results and related photos by Tim Olin by going here and punching in your surname.

A variation on the theme can be found here. Again, type in your surname and see what comes up.

Run your Class Championship as part of one of the events

In case you hadn't already thought of it, why go to the hassle of organising your own class event when you can run it within one of the events in the Seldén Sailjuice Winter Series? Here's a few examples of classes that have already taken advantage of this season:

  • Hadron H2 - Inlands (Dash)
  • Blaze - Fire Cup (Datchet Flyer)
  • RS Aero - Winter Championships (Oxford)
  • OK - Winter Championships (Oxford)

Contact Simon Lovesey if interested in discussing using a SailJuice Winter Series event for a class championship and/or class winter series:

The Datchet Flyer might be booked up already, so book early for the next events in the Series. See the calendar below, and enter at

The Events

The following events constitute the Seldén SailJuice Winter Series 2019/20)

  • Fernhurst Books Draycote Dash, Draycote Water Sailing Club
    23 & 24 November 2019

  • Datchet Flyer, Datchet Water Sailing Club
    7 & 8 December 2019

  • Brass Monkey, Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club
    27 December 2019

  • Grafham Grand Prix, Grafham Water Sailing Club
    29 December 2019

  • Bloody Mary, Queen Mary Sailing Club
    11 January 2020

  • King George Gallop, King George Sailing Club
    26 January 2020

  • John Merricks Tiger Trophy, Rutland Sailing Club
    1 & 2 February 2020

  • Oxford Blue, Oxford Sailing Club
    15 February 2020

  • Prizegiving, RYA Dinghy Show, Alexandra Palace
    1015am Saturday 29 February 2020

You can find out more about the Series at

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