Official Launch of 2014/15 GJW Direct Winter Series


Organisers all set for entries to open early October

The 5th edition of the GJW Direct Sailjuice Winter Series was launched at the PSP Southampton Boat Show yesterday, 18th September 2014.
Glen Wallis of GJW Direct met with Andy Rice of and Simon Lovesey of SailRacer to announce the 2014/15 Series.
The series of 8 events at some of the largest inland waters throughout England runs from late November to early February.  Participation has increased steadily year on year with the 2013/14 series again bringing record entries with 835 entries from 95 classes overall.  There were also record on-line visitors and reach across the web and social media.  Reacting to the obvious interest from the armchair sailor, the Datchet Flyer and Oxford Blue were fully tracked by SailRacer last winter, as well as representative boats from fleets at the Rutland Tiger Trophy pursuit race. Datchet and Oxford will again be tracked this season, streamed live together with blog and twitter updates via  - tracking at further events to be confirmed.
New for this series, SailRacer are hoping to put cameras in some of the top boats to give everyone the chance to get up close with the action at the front of the fleet, such as this battle between Michael Sims and Tom Gillard at the Carsington Summer Trophy a few months ago: Solo v. Streaker
Nathan Batchelor (right, with Simon & Andy) has moved from the Fireball, in which he finished 3rd overall in the Series during the winter of 2013/14, and will this winter be in his Ovington built VX-One.  "I'm looking forward to getting the new boat out at the venues I know so well from previous years, bringing structure to my winter sailing." said Nathan "It's also great to meet up with mates from other classes."
The entry website will go live at the start of October with full details of all the events, but dates are provisionally confirmed as follows:
Fernhurst Books Draycote Dash 
22&23 November 2014 
Datchet Flyer 
13&14 December (including evening meal) 
Yorkshire Dales Brass Monkey 
Saturday 27th December 
34th Grafham Grand Prix 
Sunday 28th December 
Oxford Blue 
Saturday 3rd January 2015 
42nd Bloody Mary 
Saturday 10th January 
Steve Nicholson Memorial Trophy 2015 (Northampton) 
Saturday 24th January 
Rutland Challenge for the John Merricks Tiger Trophy 
31st Jan & 1st February 


19/9/2014 12:15


2015/16 Series
Draycote Dash22/23 November
Datchet Flyer13/14 December
Brass Monkey27 December
Oxford Blue3 January
Bloody Mary10 January
Steve Nicholson Trophy24 January
Tiger Trophy31 January/1 February
Grafham Grand Prix28 December 22 February



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The GJW Direct 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.

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