Tokyo 2020 Olympic Champion in the 49er, Dylan Fletcher, jumps into a National 18 dinghy for the first time as he competes in Event #2 of the Seldén SailJuice Winter Series, this weekend’s Datchet Flyer...

The 49er Olympic Champion Dylan Fletcher is among the list of competitors for this weekend’s Datchet Flyer, the second event of the Seldén SailJuice Winter Series. This year’s winner at Tokyo 2020 is stepping into the back of a National 18 dinghy with Ben Wilson and Michael Batchelor from the Isle of Man Yacht Club. 

“Michael’s usual helm couldn’t make it so I’m coming along and I’m really looking forward to it,” said Fletcher. “I’ve always wanted to do more of the Sailjuice events, the Bloody Mary, the Tiger Trophy, but never been able to make it. Never raced a National 18 before but it should be fun!”
With a moderate south-westerly forecast for the Saturday and slightly stronger for Sunday, it promises to be a good day for the 91 entries from 32 classes. 
There's a maximum entry limit of 100, so if you want to compete against Dylan and the rest of the mixed handicap fleet, GET IN QUICK!
Enter here:
At 1900 hours this evening there’s an Online Briefing for all competitors at
The online prizegiving will take place next Thursday evening.
Here’s the list of classes entered so far for the Datchet Flyer:
32 Classes Entered
420 : 17
470 : 1
505 : 3
Albacore : 1
Blaze : 2
D-Zero : 3
Enterprise : 2
GP14 : 1
Hadron H2 : 4
K1 : 1
Laser (ILCA 7) : 4
Laser 4.7 (ILCA 4) : 2
Laser Radial (ILCA 6) : 5
Merlin Rocket : 3
Miracle : 1
Musto Skiff : 1
National 18 : 2
Osprey : 4
Phantom : 1
RS Aero 7 : 8
RS Feva XL : 1
RS Vareo : 3
RS200 : 6
RS300 : 1
RS400 : 3
RS500 : 1
Scorpion : 2
Solo : 3
Streaker : 1
Supernova : 2
Topper : 1
Vortex : 1
To enter the Datchet Flyer and other events in the Series, go here:
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
Yorkshire Dales Brass Monkey, Yorkshire Dales SC
27 December 2021
Burghfield Breezer, Burghfield Sailing Club
27 December 2021
Grafham Grand Prix, Grafham Water Sailing Club
2 January 2022
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 here:
Photo Credits: Tim Olin & Sailing Energy (Dylan Fletcher photo)
Notes to editors:
Previous winners of the Seldén Sailjuice Winter Series
2020/21 Simon Horsfield & Katie Burridge/ Natalie Johnson (2000)
2019/20 Simon Horsfield & Katie Burridge (2000)
2018/19 Simon Horsfield & Katie Burridge (2000)
2017/18 Alistair Goodwin (Laser)
2016/17 Matt Mee & Emma Norris (RS200)
2015/16 Ian Dobson & Andy Tunnicliffe (GP14)
2014/15 Nick Craig & various crews (Merlin Rocket)
2013/14 Michael Sims (Solo)
2012/13 Tom Gillard & Simon Potts (Fireball)
2011/12 Peter Gray & Rachael Rhodes (Scorpion)
2010/11 Andy Peake (Musto Skiff)
2009/10 Olly Turner & Richard Whitworth (Merlin Rocket) is the ‘how to sail and race faster’ website, with hundreds of articles and exclusive interviews with National, World and Olympic Champions. Professional sailing journalist and editor of, Andy Rice, came up with the concept of the SailJuice Winter Series (originally known as the SailJuice Global Warm-Up) as a way of increasing participation levels in dinghy racing during the off-season in the UK.
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10/12/2021 19:38


20/21 Nov 21 Draycote Dash Draycote Water SC
11/12 Dec 21 Datchet Flyer Datchet Water SC
27 Dec 21 Brass Monkey Yorkshire Dales SC
27 Dec 21 Burghfield Breezer Burghfield SC
2 Jan 22 Grafham GP Grafham Water SC
8 Jan 22 Bloody Mary Queen Mary SC
22 Jan 22 King George Gallop King George SC
5/6 Feb 22 JMST Tiger Trophy Rutland SC
19 Feb 22 Oxford Blue Oxford SC