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Former PRO canters to Gallop victory at the King George Sailing Club

by Andy Rice 24 Jan 2023 14:07 GMT 21 January 2023

The role of the Principal Race Officer is mostly a thankless task. But there's a strange phenomenon taking place this season in the Seldén SailJuice Winter Series...

What is it about being the Principal Race Officer (PRO) of an event in the Seldén SailJuice Winter Series? Former PRO of the King George Gallop, Vince Horey, decided to dust down his Enterprise and take it for a spin in the handicap competition last weekend on light and sunny day on King George Reservoir in North London.

With Richard Abendstern crouching in the front, Vince roll-tacked the Enterprise to victory. Meanwhile, a previous winner of the Gallop, Tony Cooper, was this year's PRO. It follows on from another Twilight Zone coincidence at the start of the winter series when Richard Pye won the Fernhurst Books Draycote Dash aboard his RS Aero 7, having been PRO the year before.

Who will we see lining up to be event race officers next season? With this kind of insider success rate, maybe the PRO's job is the best ticket in town! Then again, Vince is a former National and European Champion in the Fireball, so he's got form. 

Race 1 and 2 were held in the most stable wind with a NE breeze, and held over a trapezoidal course. In race 3, the wind shifted more east and reduced, which meant a short delay for the course to be shifted shifted and changed to a triangle.

The Horey/Abendstern duo made the most of the 5-7 knot northerly wind conditions and blazing winter sunshine to win with scores of 1,2,1 ahead of fellow Enterprise competitors Ann Jackson & Nick Scutt who got 4,1,11. In third overall was David Reekie's Solo with a consistent 3,3,2 from the day.

Despite the poor forecast the day itself turned out really nicely. The Gallop had been another well-run event by the North London club, KGSC, which has been nominated as an RYA Club of the Year 2023 Finalist.

Results from the King George Gallop

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Top Fastest as recorded by the SailRacer GPS trackers was: Jonathan Carter - Vortex - 5.33 kts

Fastest speed adjusted to handicap was: Ann Jackson/ Nick Scutt - Enterprise - 4.52 kts

1st Youth Finlay Cochrane -  Laser 4.7 (ILCA 4) - Yorkshire Dales SC

The overall results after 7 Events in the Seldén SailJuice Winter Series see no change to the top five, but quite big movements in other parts of the leaderboard. Jonathan Carter (Vortex) and Finlay Cochrane (Laser 4.7) both jump up into the top ten.

Enter the Tiger

The Fireball duo of Dave Hall & Paul Constable have never yet missed a John Merricks Tiger Trophy at Rutland Sailing Club, and the Fireball duo are among the early entrants to have booked their spot at the eighth event in the Seldén SailJuice Winter Series.

Taking place on 4 & 5 February, principal race officer David Wilkins has a great reputation for running exciting and fair racing on England's largest reservoir. 

Up to four club-based RS21 keelboats are expected to take part in the competition, which also coincides with the first weekend of Six Nations rugby fixtures. "We'll be off the water well in time for the England v Scotland match on Saturday afternoon," says David.

As ever there's a sit-down dinner on the Saturday night and a chance for old friends from across different dinghy classes to catch up before the summer season gets going again.

To sign up to the Tiger Trophy and the final event of the season, the Oxford Blue, go to

Seldén SailJuice Winter Series 2022/23 Events:

  • Fernhurst Books Draycote Dash, Draycote Water Sailing Club
    20 & 21 November 2022
  • Datchet Flyer, Datchet Water Sailing Club
    3 & 4 December 2022
  • Yorkshire Dales Brass Monkey, Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club
    27 December 2022
  • Burghfield Breezer, Burghfield Sailing Club
    27 December 2022
  • Grafham Grand Prix, Grafham Water Sailing Club
    2 January 2023
  • Bloody Mary, Queen Mary Sailing Club
    7 January 2023
  • King George Gallop, King George Sailing Club
    21 January 2023
  • John Merricks Tiger Trophy, Rutland Sailing Club
    4 & 5 February 2023
  • Oxford Blue, Oxford Sailing Club
    18 February 2023
  • Prizegiving at RYA Dinghy Show, Farnborough
    25 February 2023

You can find out more about the series at

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