King George stands in for Queen Mary


Thanks to some speedy action by King George Sailing Club, the King George Gallop steps in as a temporary replacement event for the Bloody Mary in the GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series...

Following the reluctant but necessary cancellation of the Bloody Mary due to low water levels at Queen Mary Sailing Club, King George Sailing Club in North London is to host a replacement event on 6 January 2018. The newly-titled King George Gallop, named after the famous horse race the King George VI Chase, becomes a temporary replacement for the Bloody Mary in the GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series.

“It’s sad that the Bloody Mary had to be cancelled,” said Series founder and co-organiser Andy Rice, “but having raced at Queen Mary Sailing Club recently in a smaller fleet, it was clear that there was no way of sensibly holding a multi-class handicap event for two or three hundred visiting boats. We’re looking forward to seeing the Bloody Mary back at full strength in 2019. Meanwhile, however, we wanted to keep the GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series at a seven-event series, and particularly for those who had already entered for the Bloody Mary.”

Enter Now>>> Fortunately a white knight arrived in the form of King George Sailing Club, the North London club which has offered to stage a pursuit race on 6 January. Simon Lovesey, co-organiser of the Series, commented: “It’s great that King George were prepared to step in at such short notice. The format will be one pursuit race, open to all monohull centreboard dinghies with a PY number equal or lower than the Topper. Anyone who has already entered the Bloody Mary will have their entry automatically carried over to the King George Gallop, although of course anyone who wants a refund can request that if they prefer.”

Club commodore at King George, Tony Cooper said the club is excited at the prospect of holding the event, which has an entry limit of 100 boats. “With 232 acres of water and one of the largest sailing venue in London, we are looking forward to welcoming a diverse range of dinghies for what we expect to be an annual event.”

King George is located close to where the North Circular meets the M11, just 10 minutes from J26 of the M25 and ideally suited for anyone looking to spend a weekend in London, with trains from Chingford or Ponders End taking less than 30 minutes to get to Liverpool Street.

Entry for the King George Gallop is now open, and you can secure your spot at this brand new event by going to:


The following regattas constitute the GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series 2017/18):

Draycote Dash, Draycote Water Sailing Club

18 & 19 November 2017

Datchet Flyer, Datchet Water Sailing Club

9 & 10 December 2017

Brass Monkey, Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club

27 December 2017

Grafham Grand Prix, Grafham Water Sailing Club

30 December 2017

King George Gallop, King George Sailing Club (replaces cancelled Bloody Mary)

6 January 2018

John Merricks Tiger Trophy, Rutland Sailing Club

3 & 4 February 2018

Oxford Blue, Oxford Sailing Club

17 February 2018

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Photo Credits: KGSC

Notes to editors:

Previous winners of the GJW Direct Sailjuice Winter Series

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) is the ‘how to sail and race faster’ website, with hundreds of articles and exclusive interviews with National, World and Olympic Champions. Professional sailing journalist and editor of, Andy Rice, came up with the concept of the SailJuice Winter Series (originally known as the SailJuice Global Warm-Up) as a way of increasing participation levels in dinghy racing during the off-season in the UK.

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2017/18 Series

Draycote Dash18/19 November 2017
Datchet Flyer9/10 December 2017
Brass Monkey27 December 2017
Grafham Grand Prix30 December 2017
Bloody Mary6 January 2018
King George Gallop6 January 2018
Tiger Trophy3/4 February 2018
Oxford Blue17 February 2018
Prize Giving3 March 2018

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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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