Draycote Dash 23/24 Nov
Datchet Flyer 14/15 Dec
Brass Monkey - resail 18 Jan
Grafham Grand Prix 29 Dec
Oxford Blue 4 Jan
Bloody Mary 11 Jan
Steve Nicholson25 Jan
Tiger Trophy1/2 Feb

Preview: The Fernhurst Books Draycote Dash


The GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series gets under way on the weekend of 23rd and 24th November at the Fernhurst Books Draycote Dash, the first of eight major winter handicap events in this tough Series.

Last year at Draycote, Pete Nelson’s RS600 prevailed over the Merlin Rocket sailed by Dave Hayes and Jonny Ratcliffe, with Andy Couch’s Phantom singlehander in 3rd overall. Who will win this time? With the Great Lakes group of handicapping experts having further refined the handicap numbers used since last year, we’re seeing an ever wider range of different boat classes finishing in the top 10.

Chris Gandy is the organiser of the Fernhurst Books Draycote Dash. “On Saturday we plan to run at least four average-lap handicap races, with first race not before 11am,” says Chris, “and then on Sunday it’s a 120-minute pursuit race.”


With SailRacer running the online entry process at www.sailjuiceseries.com, there are prizes up for grabs for those who enter at least two events in the Series by 6pm on Thursday 21 November. Those who enter at least two events by the deadline go into a draw to win one of 10 subions to the ‘how to race faster’ website, www.sailjuice.com, and winter hats and gloves provided by Gul. Enter early, enter online here: www.sailjuiceseries.com


Two brand new events - the Datchet Flyer and the Oxford Blue - feature in this year’s line-up, along with the six that made up last year’s Series. This season you must count your best four results from these eight events. Competing at more events will give you more shots at getting a set of four good scores to put on the board.


        The following regattas constitute the GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series 2013/2014:
        Fernhurst Books Draycote Dash, Draycote Water Sailing Club
        Saturday 23th & Sunday 24th November 2013
        Datchet Flyer, Datchet Water Sailing Club
        Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th December 2013
        Brass Monkey, Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club
        Friday 27th December 2013
        Grafham Grand Prix, Grafham Water Sailing Club
        Sunday 29th December 2013
        Oxford Blue, Oxford Sailing Club
        Saturday 4th January 2014
        Bloody Mary, Queen Mary Sailing Club
        Saturday 11th January 2014
        Steve Nicholson Trophy, Northampton Sailing Club
        Saturday 25th January 2014
        John Merricks Tiger Trophy, Rutland Sailing Club
        Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd February 2014

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SailRacer has done the number crunching to calculate the points scores for the past few years of the Series, and now for the second year Simon Lovesey and Brenda Hoult are running the online entry process for all eight events. SailRacer’s online entry system means you can enter anything from one through to all eight events and make a single payment, saving you time and guaranteeing your place in advance. A number of the events were oversubscribed last year, and we’re expecting the same again this year. Enter early!

Thanks to generous support from Series sponsors, once again we have some great prizes for competitors, but also for spectators. More details to follow in the coming weeks...
In addition to title sponsor GJW Direct Insurance (www.gjwdirect.co.uk/dinghy), the UK’s largest direct boat insurer, our silver-level sponsors are:
Gul - Experts in Performance Apparel http://www.gul.com/
Trident - The Dinghy & Yacht Shop on the Web http://www.tridentuk.com/
Overboard - The Leaders in Waterproof Bags & Cases http://www.over-board.co.uk/
and we also have prizes from one of the Series’ longest-standing supporters: Holt, renowned for their dinghy and catamaran marine hardware. http://holt.eu

Enter the Series here: http://www.SailJuiceSeries.com
The website will tell you more about the events in the Series, more about the Great Lakes handicapping process, and we’ll keep you updated on everything else you need to know.

About GJW Direct

Launched just under two years ago, GJW Direct's, ‘All-inclusive Dinghy Insurance Policy’ is proving to be a tremendous success, offering not only outstanding premiums but a huge range of benefits, taking the worry out of Dinghy sailing and racing. The policy lives right up to the claim where, ‘everything is included as standard’. The consumer friendly web site, gjwdirect.co.uk/dinghy, offers the facility to get a quote in less than 30 seconds and immediate on-line cover.
GJW Direct have also introduced two new additions to their All-inclusive policy, one covering small traditional and classic boats and a Multi Dinghy policy, so owners of more than one dinghy can now have all their boats insured on the one policy with one renewal date and the promise of even more savings.  This policy can only be arranged by phoning GJW Direct on 0151 473 8000 and asking for, "Multi Dinghy” cover.

For Further Information Contact:  Glen Wallis or Jez Entwistle on 0151 473 8000.



Article Author Andy Rice 14/11/2013 20:55



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