Gearing up for the Gallop in North London


From the windy Bloody Mary in south-west London, it’s off to the King George Gallop in north-east London, the seventh leg of the Seldén SailJuice Winter Series...

The King George Gallop is less than a week away, the seventh leg of the Seldén SailJuice Winter Series which takes place in North London. It’s always a super-friendly welcome at King George Sailing Club, so get your online entry in ASAP

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Update on the Seldén SailJuice Winter Series 

Here’s how things stand overall and in the sub-categories after six events, most recently the GJW Direct Bloody Mary won by teenagers James Crossley and Noah Fitzgerald in their 29er skiff. On a day when a simple hiking boat like the Laser just shouldn’t have been able to compete against the trapeze boats, Ben Flower sailed an incredible Bloody Mary to finish in 7th place. His success has had an impact on the overall standings...



After six events and all 17 possible races completed, 260 teams have achieved an overall ranking and still have time to meet the four events to qualify. Datchet Flyer winner Ben Flower (Laser (ILCA 7) - Paignton SC) moves up three places to top spot, with fellow class mate Jamie Blake (Great Moor SC), up four to second, and RS Aero 6 sailor Sam Mettam (Papercourt SC), up five to third. 


Craftinsure Top Class

A total of 62 different classes have gained Craftinsure Top Class rankings. RS800s were top class at GJW Direct Bloody Mary, and one of the biggest fleets with 11 entries with the class also running a training day on Sunday at Queen Mary SC. Second were the 29ers and third, Laser (ILCA 7s), who still lead the overall Craftinsure Top Class rankings after 17 races, with the RS200s second and Laser Radial (ILCA 6s) third. Based on the best three results for each class across every race.


Top Club

Sailors from 88 different clubs have now competed, with HISC top club at the Bloody Mary, from hosts QMSC and previous winners Lymington Town in third. Overall Staunton Harold SC hold onto top spot, with Great Moor SC moving up to second and Draycote Water SC dropping to third.  Based on the best three results for each club across every race.


Seldén Rash Vests

First outing at Bloody Mary with Roger and Iain Blake (Osprey - Great Moor SC), Series leaders after the Grafham GP, proudly displayed the 1st place rash vests, with Paul Young and Nathan McGrory (Enterprise Midland) in 2nd place.  


Seldén Sticker Competition

Rory Clow (Topper - Island Barn SC)


Who will win the best social media engagement? - watch Facebook Live this Monday, 16 January.


Facebook Live - 6pm Monday 16 January


Simon Lovesey and Andy Rice, series organisers, will be looking back through the events so far, and looking forward to the next, on Facebook Live.The winner of another Seldén R60 ratchet block will also be announced, based on which sailor’s photo by series photographer Tim Olin has featured prominently in social media. Join the live show this Monday...


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1) Rachael Gray (Scorpion - Staunton Harold)

2) Maddie Childs (Laser Radial (ILCA 6) - King George Sailing Club)

3) Arwen Fflur (420 - Pwllheli Wksc)



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

2) Freddie Sunderland (Laser Radial (ILCA 6) - Draycote Water)

3) Dilara Soyer (Topper - Draycote Water SC)



1) Maddie Childs (Laser Radial (ILCA 6) - King George Sailing Club)

2) Arwen Fflur (420 - Pwllheli WKSC)

3) Finlay Cochrane (Laser 4.7 (ILCA 4) - Yorkshire Dales)



1) Ben Flower (Laser (ILCA 7) - Paignton SC)

2) Jamie Blake (Laser (ILCA 7) - Great Moor Sailing Club)

3) Ellie Craig (RS Aero 6 - Bfyc)



1) Peter Gray (Osprey - Staunton Harold)

2) Rachael Gray (Scorpion - Staunton Harold)

3) Sam Mettam (RS Aero 6 - Papercourt/Tlfyc/Rnsa)



1) Roger Blake (Osprey - Great Moor SC)

2) Richard Sims (K1 - Carsington)

3) Tim Bird (505 - Burton SC)


Fast Asymmetric

1) Jonathan Carter (Vortex - Rickmansworth Sailing Club)

2) Richard Smith (Musto Skiff - Medway Yacht Club)

3) Nigel Davis (RS500 - Draycote Water Sailing Club)


Fast Symmetric

1) Peter Gray (Osprey - Staunton Harold)

2) Roger Blake (Osprey - Great Moor SC)

3) James Clancy (Merlin Rocket - Desborough SC)


Slow Asymmetric

1) James Williams (RS200 - Chew Valley Lake SC)

2) Nigel Pepperdine (RS200 - Staunton Harold SC)

2) Luke Fisher (RS Vareo - Emberton Park SC)


Slow Symmetric

1) Rachael Gray (Scorpion - Staunton Harold)

2) Paul Young (Enterprise - Midland Sailing Club)

3) Ben Flower (Laser (ILCA 7) - Paignton SC)



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

Gill Grafham Grand Prix, Grafham Water Sailing Club

2 January 2023

GJW Direct 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


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)

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Photo © Tim Olin

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2018/19 Series

19/20 Nov 2022Draycote Dash
3/4 Dec 2022Datchet Flyer
27 Dec 2022Yorkshire Dales Brass Monkey
27 Dec 2022Burghfield SC Breezer
2 Jan 2023Grafham GP
7 Jan 2023 Bloody Mary
21 Jan 2023 KGSC Gallop
4/5 Feb 2023Tiger Trophy
18 Feb 2023Oxford Blue
25 Feb 2023Prize Giving


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The Selden SailJuice Winter Series is based around the UK's biggest winter handicap events. Sailors from many different dinghy fleets now consider this series as one of the main goals of their winter racing. With great prizes on offer, it attracts some of the best sailors in the country to compete against each other. The series is managed by SailRacer.