Please select your home edition
Selden 2020 - LEADERBOARD

'History of the Dash' Facebook Live this Saturday after the rugby

by Andy Rice 19 Nov 2020 15:27 GMT 21 November 2020
The Inaugural Draycote Dash © Malcolm Lewin /

This Saturday at 5.30pm GMT, the organisers of the Seldén SailJuice Winter Series are hosting a 'History of the Draycote Dash' Facebook Live session. It has been timed to start soon after the conclusion of the England v Ireland rugby match.

Go to to join the FB Live session.

Hosted by Simon Lovesey and Andy Rice, the Live Session will be taking place 10 years to the day since the inaugural Draycote Dash took place. This weekend should also have been the 2020 edition of the Fernhurst Books Draycote Dash, but Covid put the kybosh on that. Instead, a new date is in place for the weekend of 6 & 7 March 2021.

To make up for the lack of racing at Draycote there will be a celebration of the event and the winners of the past decade, with the help of Draycote Water's commodore and publisher of Fernhurst Books, Jeremy Atkins.

Also making an appearance will be one of Selden Masts' own sailors along with Craftinsure's Rob Cage, a regular winter competitor. And Jon Holt, who founded the groundbreaking Scaramouche Sailing Trust in 2014. His students from Greig City Academy in London have been making waves in bigger boats including competing in the Rolex Fastnet Race.

This weekend would have been Scaramouche's competitive debut in dinghies, as they were entered in 420s. Instead we'll get to hear from Jon why he targeted the Seldén SailJuice Winter Series as a good place for the students to hone their competitive dinghy skills.

Datchet Flyer ready for take-off

Join us for the Facebook Live and we'll bring you up to date with the latest news and where we believe things are headed. Next event on the schedule is the Datchet Flyer and the race officer and staff at Datchet Water Sailing Club are all ready to host what is expected to be a sell-out regatta. In fact, with 170 pre-registrations already, the greater challenge will be to work out who gets to go and who must regrettably stay at home. Datchet can't accommodate an entry of that size. Read below for the criteria as to how sailors are prioritised for competition. In short, those who don't get to race at Datchet will move higher up the priority list for other events.

All things being well and assuming we're released from national lockdown after 2 December, the Datchet plan is for Doublehanders to race on the Saturday 5 December, and Singlehanders on Sunday 6 December.

Pre-register now

Plans continue for the other events in the Series to go ahead as originally announced, always with the proviso that things can change at any time, which is why the criteria for pre-registration have been designed to be as flexible and fair as possible.

Here's a reminder of how pre-registration works, and the criteria by which entries are prioritised:

  • £5 advance deducted against the actual entry fee for each event
  • Spaces only allocated to those who have paid an advance against a number of criteria depending on the circumstances of each event
  • Order when payment for advance received (earlier entries given priority)
  • Class allocation - to ensure spread of classes represented
  • Demographic allocation (age and gender)
  • Number of events registered for
  • Number of events attended in previous Seldén SailJuice Winter Series
  • Host club members allocation
  • Distance to travel

If a sailor is successful in being allocated a space against an individual event they will be sent a payment link for the balance of the entry fee which has to be paid within 10 days unless otherwise stated in the payment request.

  • If event cancelled, advance refunded 100%
  • If entry not allocated, advance refunded 100%
  • No refunds if the event goes ahead and sailor doesn't attend after being allocated a space

Pre-registration for the events is now open at

Related Articles

Historic hat-trick for the winning 2000
In the Seldén Sailjuice Winter Series 2020-2021 Simon Horsfield & Katie Burridge, along with stand-in crew Natalie Johnson, have won the Seldén Sailjuice Winter Series 2020-2021. Posted on 15 Sep
Hall & Constable's Fireball lights up the Tiger
Popular winners of the John Merricks Tiger Trophy at Rutland Dave Hall and Paul Constable were popular winners of the John Merricks Tiger Trophy, sailing their Fireball to victory at Rutland Sailing Club last weekend. Hall and Constable have been racing side by side for more than 30 years. Posted on 1 Sep
Revving up for the Tiger Trophy
Next up in the Seldén SailJuice 'Winter' Series! If you ever thought of competing in the legendary John Merricks Tiger Trophy but didn't fancy getting cold at Rutland Water, next weekend is your opportunity. The Tiger Trophy marks the finale of this season's long-extended series. Posted on 22 Aug
Wayfarers make hay at the Medway Marathon
Four and a half hours with everyone at displacement speed Richard Stone and Catherine Gore sailed their Wayfarer to victory at the Medway Marathon last Saturday, taking just under four and a half hours to complete the 26-mile handicap race. Posted on 21 Jun
Moderate breezes forecast for Medway Marathon
Easterly wind should leave handicap chances wide open for 26-mile long race Beautiful breezes are on the forecast for competitors at this Saturday's Medway Marathon, the latest event in the extended Selden SailJuice Winter Series. Posted on 17 Jun
Full steam ahead for Medway Marathon
Bala Long Distance cancelled, but Selden SailJuice Winter Series resumes on Saturday The Bala Long Distance has been cancelled for its July date after Bala Sailing Club had run out of time waiting for approval from Snowdonia National Park. However, the next event on the extended Selden SailJuice Winter Series is still going ahead. Posted on 13 Jun
Medway promises a marathon Sailjuice challenge
A 26-mile long distance departure from the norm Most events in the Selden SailJuice Winter Series are fast and frantic spins around a hectic short course, so the inclusion of the Medway Marathon is a 26-mile long distance departure from the norm. Posted on 5 Jun
Brown's Laser rings the Belle at Grafham
Round 2 of the Selden SailJuice Winter Series Alastair Brown sailed his ILCA 7/Laser to victory at the inaugural Grafham Belle on the last weekend of May. Posted on 2 Jun
Grafham Belle beckons the start of summer racing
A broad mix of dinghies ready to compete on handicap After the longest ever winter, sailors could enjoy something approaching more typical spring temperatures at this weekend's Grafham Belle. Posted on 25 May
Diverse dinghy line-up for Grafham Belle
Reigning Seldén SailJuice Winter Series champions are set to race Reigning champions of the Seldén SailJuice Winter Series, Simon Horsfield and Katie Burridge, are set to race their 2000 doublehander at the Grafham Belle on the weekend of Saturday 29 May and Sunday 30 May. Posted on 16 May