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Dennis the Menace says No to the Oxford Blue

by Andy Rice 13 Feb 07:23 GMT 1-2 February 2020
The Oxford Blue has been cancelled © Tim Olin / www.olinphoto.co.uk

With deteriorating weather forecasts for Saturday and the imminent arrival of Storm Dennis, Oxford SC have reluctantly decided to cancel the 2020 Oxford Blue.

What would have been the final event of this season's barnstorming Seldén Sailjuice Winter Series will not go ahead, but the champions after seven events will be crowned on 29 February, Saturday morning of the RYA Dinghy Show at Alexandra Palace.

With more than 120 entries already signed up to compete on Farmoor Reservoir this weekend, it would have been a dramatic conclusion to the Series. But Storm Dennis looks set to hit at just the wrong time, and with the hard-sided concrete walls of Farmoor Reservoir there would have been a high risk of damage and injury to any boats and sailors that lost control in the windy conditions.

All competitors who entered online will receive a refund by the end of this month.

Meanwhile the winners of the overall series and the many different category winners will be announced in the coming days. Sailors have enjoyed some of the best racing of their lives, with the Tiger Trophy being a high point for those that survived such a challenging day. Here's some great video of the action at Rutland, with thanks to Jon Williams who filmed it:

The prize-giving for the Seldén Sailjuice Winter Series takes place at 1015am soon after doors open on Saturday morning of the RYA Dinghy Show.

Seldén SailJuice Winter Series 2019/20 Events:

  • 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 www.SailJuiceSeries.com

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