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Datchet Flyer 2023

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Round 2 of Seldén SailJuice Winter Series is this weekend,  with the Datchet Flyer

There’s already a good entry lining up for a warm and windy Datchet Flyer, the second event in this season’s Seldén SailJuice Winter Series taking place this weekend...

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It’s a warm and windy forecast for this weekend’s Datchet Flyer, the second event in this season’s Seldén SailJuice Winter Series. Almost 50 boats from more than 30 different dinghy classes have already entered, with many of the usual suspects along with some new names competing in Sailjuice events for the first time.

Online entry for the Datchet Flyer, and all others in the series, is available at www.sailjuiceseries.com


After a strong showing by the Musto Skiffs at the first event, the Fernhurst Books Draycote Dash, will the likes of Sam Pascoe be able to repeat that at Datchet? Stuart Jones is likely to be strong in the Contender if the breeze is blowing hard, as are former Fireball World Champions DJ Edwards and Vyv Townend. Imogen Wade and Hugo Valentine will also be ones to watch in their 420 if it’s upwind planing conditions. There is a huge range of classes of different speeds, with hiking singlehanders of the common and lesser spotted variety.

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Dave Barker, competing in his Hadron singlehander, was winner of the Seldén sticker photo competition and wins some Seldén goodies. Make sure you put the Seldén sticker on the bow - or elsewhere - on your boat to make sure you get spotted by the Series’ travelling photographer Tim Olin.


Here are the Selden SailJuice Winter Series rankings after Round 1 at Draycote Water.

Top Class


12 classes had 3+ boats competing at the Fernhurst Books Draycote Dash.   It was the Musto Skiffs who headed the Top Class rankings,  with the ILCA 6s in second place and the ILCA 7s completing a very close podium.  Based on the best three results for each class across every race.



Top Club

There were 43 different clubs represented at the Dash,  Castle Cove SC with five entries saw off a massive home club entry from Draycote Water SC,  to lead the Top Club Rankings,  with Rutland SC completing the podium., based on the best three results for each club across every race.



Great British Sailing Challenge (GBSC) Rankings

Based on extracted results for various GBSC ranking categories,  across every race with a discard per every three races.



The Draycote Dash saw nearly a quarter of entries coming from youth sailors,  local Freddie Sunderland (ILCA 6) dominated this age group with 4 bullets.  But things were much closer for the other places,  with Draycote ILCA 6s taking the next 3 places,  Sam Grayton 2nd and Joe Rowe third youth.















Fast Symmetric

It was very close at the top of the fast symmetric rankings,  with Ed Presley (Contender) and Arran Holman/Alex Hughes (470),  trading places,  both winning two races,  and second in two races,  to end up equal 1st overall.



Fast Asymmetric

The fast asymmetrics dominated Draycote Dash,  and the extracted rankings followed the same pattern as the overall event results, with Sam Pascoe (Musto Skiff) 1st,  and Tom Morris/Guy Fillmore (RS800) 2nd



Slow Symmetric

This was the biggest group at Draycote with nearly half the entries.  The top of the rankings was quite a diverse range of classes,  with Imogen Wade/Hugo Valentine (420) 1st,  Ben Flower (ILCA 7),  2nd and former series winners, Tom Gillard/Rachael Gray (Scorpion), 3rd



Slow Asymmetric

There was a strong RS200 fleet competing at Draycote and they took six of the Top 10 positions for the Slow Asymmetric Group,  with Ben Whaley/Lorna Glen 1st,  Luke Fisher (RS Vareo),  2nd and Mia Hately/Mona Nygard (RS Feva) 3rd




Imogen Wade, crewed by Hugo Valentine, is leading the Ladies standings ahead of Val Millward’s Challenger and Felicity Angell’s ILCA 6




To enter the Datchet Flyer and the other events, go to






    The following events are in the Seldén SailJuice Winter Series 2023/24:



        Fernhurst Books Draycote Dash, Draycote Water Sailing Club

        18 & 19 November 2023


        Datchet Flyer, Datchet Water Sailing Club

        9 & 10 December 2023


        Yorkshire Dales Brass Monkey, Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club

        27 December 2023


        Gill Grafham Grand Prix, Grafham Water Sailing Club

        30 December 2023


        GJW Direct Bloody Mary, Queen Mary Sailing Club

        6 January 2024


        King George Gallop, King George Sailing Club

        20 January 2024


        John Merricks Tiger Trophy, Rutland Sailing Club

        3 & 4 February 2024


        Oxford Blue, Oxford Sailing Club

        17 February 2024


        Prizegiving at RYA Dinghy & Watersports Show, Farnborough

        24 February 2024



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



Photo Credits: Tim Olin

Previous winners of the Seldén Sailjuice Winter Series

2022/23    Peter Gray & Geoff Edwards (Osprey)

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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