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It's the Eve of the Tiger, and Fisher's Vareo leads

by Andy Rice 4 Feb 17:12 GMT 5-6 February 2022
The Tiger Trophy at Rutland Sailing Club © Tim Olin / www.olinphoto.co.uk

Next event in the Seldén SailJuice Winter Series is the Tiger Trophy at Rutland Sailing Club, and it's looking like it will be another windy one...

More than 80 boats from 35 classes are preparing for a barnstorming weekend at Rutland Sailing Club for the Tiger Trophy. The fifth event in this season's Seldén SailJuice Winter Series, the Tiger has a fierce reputation, particularly because principal race officer Dave Wilkins is well known for going ahead with racing when others would probably choose to cancel.

It could be a good day for the trapeze boats - the 420s, 470s, Fireballs and 505s - to make hay. Or maybe the 29er, Ospreys, Contender or the triple-crewed National 18s to show what they can do in the big breeze forecast.

Defending champions from the past three years of the Seldén SailJuice Winter Series, Simon Horsfield and Katie Burridge, have made a late entry in their 2000. They are fast even in the breeze, so could they upset what should be a weekend for the trapeze boats? Not for the first time, staying upright could be the key to success at the Tiger.

Series Update

Seldén SailJuice Winter Series Round 4, the King George Gallop, saw a photo finish with the top three boats all tied on the same points.

After four events, the overall leaderboard is looking very tight, and with four to count still hard to call with a number of sailors in contention.

Last series runner up, Luke Fisher (RS Vareo - Emberton Park SC) jumps one place to lead overall, with the Burghfield Breezer winners Nigel and Andy Bird (Enterprise), dropping to second. Ben Flower (Laser - ILCA 7, Paignton SC) keeps third place. Down in 14th and 15th, individual event winners, Roger Gilbert and Ben McGrane (505 - Netley SC), and Tom Gillard and Rachael Gray (Merlin - Staunton Harold SC), both moved up two places having now competed in three events. Both these teams who have won multiple championships across several classes are competing at the Tiger Trophy this weekend, which will give them the four results to make their series, and potentially jump to the top of the leaderboard after the weekend.

Results so far here...

For extracted results at King George, things were also very close...

Youth
Abby Hire (RS Aero 7), was top youth from the Toppers of Sam Clancy and Harry Mitchell. Overall, Maddie Childs, (Laser Radial (ILCA 6)) still tops the extracted youth rankings, from classmate Joe Mole and Freddie Sunderland (Laser 4.7 (ILCA 4)), third.
Results so far here...

19-30s
Ben Flower (Laser ILCA 7), was top in this age group at King George, followed by Ellie Craig (RS Aero 7), and these two take the top two slots overall after 14 races, with James Williams (RS200) in third place.
Results so far here...

31-60
This was the largest age group at King George making nearly half the entries. Based on extracted results across all three races, Luke Fisher (RS Vareo), narrowly beat Roger Gilbert and Ben McGrane (505), with Roger and Ben leading this age group overall from Luke.
Results so far here...

Masters
Mark Upton-Brown and Ian Mitchell (505) were top masters at King George from Dave Hall and Paul Constable (Fireball). Overall Nigel Bird (Enterprise) still leads from Roger Blake (Osprey) and Nigel Pepperdine (RS200) third.
Results so far here...

Craftinsure Family Rankings
There was a good number of family teams out competing at King George, either sailing in the same boat, or across multiple boats. Stephen Cockerill (RS400) and Harry Kennedy topped the Craftinsure Family rankings, from Nigel and Andy Bird (Enterprise) and Chris and Abigail Larr (RS400). Overall the Birds (Enterprise) lead from the Blakes (Osprey), with the Larrs third (RS400).
Results so far here...

Trident Top Club
At the start of the second half Seldén SailJuice Winter Series 2021/22, the Trident Top Club rankings are still very close. Based on the best three results for each club across every race, the top club at the end of the series will win Trident vouchers to spend on club kit. At King George, Burghfield SC were top club from previous winners Lymington Town SC, and hosts King George in third place. Overall Lymington Town SC move up one place to take the lead, from Draycote Water SC dropping to second, and Burghfield completing the podium.
Results so far here...

RestartSailing Top Class
Based on the best three results for each class across every race. At King George, the RS400s were top class from the RS Aero 7s, and previous winners Laser (ILCA 7s). Overall the top three remain the same, with Laser (ILCA 7s) still leading, but the RS Aero 7s and RS400s have closed the gap in 2nd and 3rd places respectively.
Results so far here...

Top Lady
The Aeros took the top three spots in Top Lady rankings, with Ellie Craig (RS Aero 7) first, Abby Hire (RS Aero 7), second and Francesca Murphy (RS Aero 5), third. Overall Ellie leads, from Serena Stewardson (Supernova) 2nd and Maddie Childs (Laser Radial (ILCA 6), 3rd.
Results so far here...

SpeedSix Challenge
The SailRacer GPS trackers recorded Roger Gilbert and Ben McGrane (505) as fastest with a sustained speed of 8.44 kts. Luke Fisher (RS Vareo) was the fastest on adjusted speeds.
Results so far here...

Extracted Class Results

10 classes had three for more competitors competing at King George.

Laser (ILCA 7)
The Lasers (ILCA 7) were the largest class at King George with 6 entries. Ben Flower was again top of the class, from Tom Brindley and local Tony Cooper in third. Overall after 14 races, Ben leads from Tom, with George Sunderland in third.

Blazes
The Blaze class had five entries at King George and it was the current National Champion, Ben Harden who was top at the Gallop. Overall Bob Ladell leads from Richard Botting and Ben Harden in third place.
Results so far here...

Laser Radial (ILCA 6)
The Radials had five entries at King George and it was the Master's World Champion, Jon Emmett who headed the class for the Gallop from Savva Tretyakov and Joe Mole. Overall Jon leads the Laser Radials from Maddie Childs and Joe Mole in third place.
Results so far here...)

Fast Asymmetric
The RS400s dominated this group at King George, with Stephen Cockerill and Harry Kennedy first, from Sam Knight and Chris Bownes, and Chris and Abigail Larr in third. Overall Jon Heissig and Nicky Griffin (RS400) lead, Sam Knight and Chris Bownes (RS400) second, and Chris and Abigail Larr (RS400) in third.
Results so far here...

Fast Symmetric
Overall Gallop winner Roger Gilbert and Ben McGrane (505), topped this group from class mates Mark Upton-Brown and Ian Mitchell (505), and Dave Hall and Paul Constable (Fireball) in third. Overall Roger and Ben hold onto the lead, with Tom Gillard and Rachael Gray (Merlin) in second.
Results so far here...

Slow Asymmetric
Not surprisingly event runner up Luke Fisher (RS Vareo) topped this group from James Williams and Sarah Tuppen (RS200), and Nigel and Diana Pepperdine (RS200) in third. Overall these three make up the podium in the same order.
Results so far here...

Slow Symmetric
This group made up nearly half the entry at King George, with Ben Flower (Laser - ILCA 7) first, Nick Craig and Toby Lewis (GP14) 2nd, and James Goodfellow (Solo), 3rd. Overall Ben leads this group, Nigel and Andy Bird (Enterprise), 2nd and Peter Barton (RS Aero 7), 3rd.
Results so far here...

For more information on the Series and to enter the Oxford Blue later this month visit www.sailjuiceseries.com

The Events

The following events are in the Seldén SailJuice Winter Series 2021/22:

  • Fernhurst Books Draycote Dash, Draycote Water SC
    20 & 21 November 2021
  • Datchet Flyer, Datchet Water Sailing Club
    11 & 12 December 2021
  • CANCELLED - Yorkshire Dales Brass Monkey, Yorkshire Dales SC
    27 December 2021
  • Burghfield Breezer, Burghfield Sailing Club
    27 December 2021
  • CANCELLED - Grafham Grand Prix, Grafham Water Sailing Club
    2 January 2022
  • CANCELLED - GJW Direct Bloody Mary, Queen Mary Sailing Club
    8 January 2022
  • King George Gallop, King George Sailing Club
    22 January 2022
  • John Merricks Tiger Trophy, Rutland Sailing Club
    5 & 6 February 2022
  • Oxford Blue, Oxford Sailing Club
    19 February 2022

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

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