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Webinar: "The best handicapping system there is", and how it came to be

by Andy Rice 3 Jan 06:59 GMT 5pm GMT, 3 January 2021
The Datchet Flyer - Seldén SailJuice Winter Series opener © Tim Olin / www.olinphoto.co.uk

One of the key factors in the success of the Seldén SailJuice Winter Series over the past 11 years has been the handicap numbers applied to the classes. This evening, at 5pm GMT on 3 January 2021, founder and chairman of the Great Lakes Handicap Committee, Andrew Craig, is joining Series co-organisers Simon Lovesey and Andy Rice to talk about the origins, the reasons, the controversies and the future of small-boat handicapping in the UK and beyond.

It's a Facebook Live session which you can join at www.facebook.com/SeldenSailJuiceWinterSeries

At last weekend's gathering of winners both past and present of the Seldén SailJuice Winter Series, multiple Endeavour Champion Nick Craig described the Great Lakes handicapping system as 'the best there is'. Which is not to say that it's perfect, because what handicapping system ever will be! But it's widely acknowledged that the Great Lakes is contributing to a much fairer handicap racing environment than used to be seen a decade ago.

To learn more about the Great Lakes before the call please visit greatlakes.org.uk

Since the inception of the Great Lakes, sailing clubs have been in touch with Andrew to find out how to implement their own numbers locally, and he will be sharing his advice and methodology for making this happen whilst avoiding the worst potential pitfalls of sailing club politics.

It's a thorny subject and one about which pretty much every dinghy racer has an opinion. So join us and see if you agree with the approach taken by the Great Lakes Group.

This Sunday evening, at 5pm GMT on 3 January 2021 at www.facebook.com/SeldenSailJuiceWinterSeries

On the webinar we'll also be bringing the latest updates on the events in Seldén SailJuice Winter Series, and how they are being affected by COVID regulations in England.

The Events:

The following events are in the Seldén SailJuice Winter Series 2020/21:

  • Datchet Flyer, Datchet Water Sailing Club 5 & 6 December 2020

  • CANCELLED - Grafham Grand Prix, Grafham Water SC 3 January 2021

  • CANCELLED - Bloody Mary, Queen Mary Sailing Club 9 January 2021

  • King George Gallop, King George Sailing Club 23 January 2021

  • John Merricks Tiger Trophy, Rutland Sailing Club 6 & 7 February 2021

  • Oxford Blue, Oxford Sailing Club 13 February 2021

  • RESCHEDULED - Burghfield Brass Monkey, Burghfield SC 20 February 2021

  • RESCHEDULED - Fernhurst Books Draycote Dash, Draycote Water SC 6 & 7 March 2021

  • NEW EVENT - Alton Water Sports Centre, 27 & 28 March 2021

You can find out more about the Series at www.SailJuiceSeries.com

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