It’s just a few days until the Fernhurst Books Draycote Dash, and entry for the first event of this season’s Seldén SailJuice Winter Series is closing tonight...
The 14th edition of the Seldén SailJuice Winter Series starts this weekend with the Fernhurst Books Draycote Dash on 19 & 20 November 2022. It’s the first of nine events across the season, culminating with the series prizegiving on the main stage of the RYA Dinghy Show at the end of February.
But be quick! Entries are closing this Tuesday for the Draycote Dash which entails four back-to-back handicap races on Saturday and the Pursuit Race on Sunday morning. Despite the summer drought, water level is close to normal and so there is plenty of space for good competition.
Among the competitors already entered are Joe Rowe from Draycote Water who became Topper World Champion ahead of a 144-boat fleet on Lake Garda earlier this year. For the Dash, Joe will be racing on his home waters in an ILCA 6 (Laser Radial).
Overall winner of the Seldén SailJuice Winter Series more than a decade ago, Peter Gray is this time helming an Osprey with Geoff Edwards on the trapeze. There is also a good gathering of Challenger singlehander trimarans lined up to compete at the Dash.
WIN A SELDÉN R60 RATCHET BLOCK!
Want to win a Seldén R60 Ratchet Block? It’s one of the grippiest blocks on the market, and is kind to your mainsheet too.
For displaying a Seldén sticker on your boat whilst racing at the Seldén Sailjuice Winter Series, you’ll be entered into a prize draw to win an R60 to put on your boat. Seldén are awarding two R60s for each of the events in this season’s series.
Series photographer Tim Olin will be capturing images of you whilst you compete on the water. A sticker on either side of the bow doubles your chances of being ‘Seldén papped’ by Tim, but if you can think of somewhere more inventive and visible to position your sticker(s), then see if you can grab Tim’s attention with your creativity!
Seldén stickers will be handed out at morning registration.
The club members at Draycote Water Sailing Club have turned the Draycote Dash into a slick operation designed to give competitors the best experience possible. No need to wait around for a race officer’s briefing, because you can watch the online briefing here which tells you all you need to know in advance of the day...
FACEBOOK LIVE THIS MONDAY
Series organisers Simon Lovesey and Andy Rice hosted a Facebook Live event on Monday 14 November, where they’ll run through some of the fun stuff to expect during the course of this season’s Seldén SailJuice Winter Series.
Entry for the Dash and all the events is open at www.sailjuiceseries.com
The following events are in the Seldén SailJuice Winter Series 2022/23:
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 here: www.SailJuiceSeries.com
Photo Credits: Tim Olin
Notes to editors:
Previous winners of the Seldén Sailjuice Winter Series
2021/22 Roger Gilbert & Ben McGrane (505)
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)
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