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Seldén Sailjuice Spring Series to encourage Covid-compliant competition

by Andy Rice 20 Mar 16:03 GMT
Seldén SailJuice Spring Series © Tim Olin /

Sailors around the UK are being invited to enter a brand new event called the Selden Sailjuice Spring Series (SSSS) this April and May. If you want to find out more, there's a Facebook Live presentation at 5pm GMT this Monday 22 March.

With so many events being cancelled due to the ongoing effects of the Covid pandemic, the aim of the SSSS is to encourage sailors to go racing without breaking the rules or the spirit of Covid restrictions, as series organiser Simon Lovesey explains: "From 29 March the UK government is encouraging outdoor sporting activity in England, but with an emphasis on minimising travel and overnight stays.

"So we're looking to clubs to encourage their members to go racing on their home waters, not to travel, but to submit their race scores for a combined result that we will produce from all the different race data across the country. Sailing already ticks a lot of the boxes of being socially distanced and taking place outdoors, and by minimising travelling around the country we hope that clubs will embrace the Spring Series as one of the most viable options currently available."

The first weekend of racing will be the Easter Weekend of 2 to 5 April, with competition due to run through to the end of May.

How it works

So, how to combine the scores from different sailing clubs around the country, all with different types of boat competing in different types of wind conditions, both on the sea and on flat water venues inland? Simon explains: "Each boat that wants to take part in the Spring Series will be sent a SailRacer GPS tracker in the post. It's waterproof, it's easy to attach to the boat, the instructions are easy to follow. You go racing, the tracker records your performance through the water and around your local race course and the data is recorded centrally on the SailRacer database. We then bring together all the individual results which are then fed into the overall scoresheet and we have a results sheet with overall scores across the country, which takes into account different class handicaps, course configuration and wind speed data."

But how accurate will the results be?

SailRacer has already recorded data from more than 10,000 races over the past few years, including a number of years from the Selden Sailjuice Winter Series. "Thanks to the accurate starting point of the Great Lakes numbers, a regularly updated version of the RYA's PY numbers, we already had a great place to work from which most handicap sailors are already familiar with and trust.

"The remote racing format was developed and evolved by SailRacer over the last year, coming together as a result of the COVID restrictions and looking to address some of the many challenges the sailing world has experienced. A number of events were successfully delivered, including K1 Remote Nationals and the Solo Club Racing Championships.

What others say about remote racing

"Many thanks to SailRacer for enabling us to put on an amazingly innovative and inclusive event - many sailors who would not normally travel to events were able to compete as well. The software coped well with the variety of conditions and locations. We shall certainly be doing this again in the future." - David Pritchett, K1 Class Chair

Solo Class President Doug Latta said: "We are seeing a growing interest in Solo sailing and the Solo Club Racing Championships has been a great way of keeping people engaged with the class association when it is challenging to run more traditional class events."

How do I get involved?

If you're keen to get involved as a participant in the Spring Series, sign up here

Entry to the Series is just £20 which includes use of a SailRacer GPS tracker for the duration of the Series.

If you're keen for your Sailing Club to take part for the benefit of ALL your members, contact Simon Lovesey:

All we need from your sailing club is the detail of the course to be raced, which can be pinged from the SailRacer App.

RestartSailing (RYA Affiliated) will be the organising authority and provide remote support for any sailors and sailing clubs that need help getting up and running.

Prize categories

  • Top 10 overall
  • Craftinsure Family Award
  • SpeedSIx top fastest (standard and adjusted)
  • Trident Top club - based on best three results for each club
  • RestartSailing Top Class - based on best three results for each class

GBSC Youth
GBSC Junior
GBSC 19-30
GBSC 31-60
GBSC Masters
GBSC Top Lady
GBSC Fast Asymmetric
GBSC Slow Asymmetric
GBSC Fast Symmetric
GBSC Slow Symmetric

Entry fee: £20, including cost of GPS tracker

Free entry for GBSC National Rankings subscribers.

Sailors who have paid an advance against any Selden SailJuice Winter Series 20/21 event that didn't go ahead, will be entitled to a £10 discount, details to be emailed.

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