Fun Forecast for the Tiger Trophy


It looks like it’s going to be a good breeze for this weekend’s Tiger Trophy, with a lot of big names signed up already. Enter now.

With a few days to go, almost a hundred boats are entered for the penultimate event in this season’s GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series. The forecast suggests it’s going to be moderate to breezy for both days at Rutland Water for the Tiger Trophy in aid of the John Merricks Sailing Trust. 

Enter Now  If the breeze is at the upper end then the youth sailors competing in the 420s and 29ers could fare well, although there’s a strong contingent of senior sailors taking part in a big fleet of Fireballs that includes a number of champions. Most notably the evergreen duo of Dave Hall and Paul Constable continue their unbroken run of competing at every Tiger Trophy since it began over 20 years ago. Penny Clark, fresh back from Miami where she coached double Olympian Alison Young to a World Cup gold medal in the Laser Radial, will be steering a Fireball crewed by husband Russ.

As usual the entry list is chock full of champions, including Andy Couch in the Phantom, Charlie Cumbley in the Solo, Sam and Megan Pascoe (respectively International 14 and 2.4mR World Champions) in the Merlin, and also in the Merlin, multiple Endeavour Champions Nick Craig and Alan Roberts. 49er double Olympic medallist Simon Hiscocks could be dangerous in the International Moth if the breeze works out right for the high-speed foiler. 

Other classes homing in on the Tiger include a trio of Challenger trimarans and a trio of National 18s including Peter Gray’s team who won the Datchet Flyer at the end of last year.

There’s still time to enter online, so join in the fun and sign up here:

Meanwhile, here’s an update of the Series so far, with five of the seven events already completed:

Dynamic GPS handicaps rankings

Based on dynamic handicaps, calculated from GPS leg data referenced to historic statistics, to produce a context sensitive handicap to best fit every class to the conditions across each race. After eight races tracked by SailRacer, Alistair Goodwin (Laser - Haversham) heads the rankings, with Andrew Snell (K1 - ASA) in second and Ian Morgan (D-Zero) completing the podium. 

GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series photos

Tim Olin has been busy at all the events taking some great photos. The gallery of 750+ photos can be searched by sailor, class and event, with the option of ordering prints. 

GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series prizes and rankings

In addition to the overall top 10 rankings there are numerous other specialist awards and a chance for every one to win. Over 100 prizes were awarded across the series last winter.

Dinghy Rope Top Class

Defending champions the Lasers were Top Class at the King George Gallop, and have closed the gap on leaders Solos and 2nd placed Radials after GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series #5.

Trident Top Club

Defending champions Datchet were top club at the King George Gallop, Netley remain at the top after GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series #5.

Allen Performance Challenge

Based on analytics showing the best progression towards the front of the fleet in each race. At GJW DIrect SailJuice Winter Series #3 and the freezing conditions of the Brass Monkey, Jamie Rogers (Radial) showed the best performance progression. Overall after three rounds, Andrew Snell (K1) remains at the top, with Nigel Austin (D-Zero) jumping four places to second and Patrick Overs (Solo) up to third.  

GUL Top Lady

Emma Pearson (Byte CI -Weston SC) jumps up to top spot, Emma Stevenson (Osprey - Weymouth SC) up to to joint second with defending champion Eleanor Craig (Radial - Draycote)  

Youth and Junior Rankings

With a joint first at King George, defending champion George Coles (Laser - Carsington), takes top spot as we head into the last two events. Hamilton Roaf (Graduate - Chipstead) is pushed into second place, and top junior, with George Sunderland (Radial - Olton Mere) holding onto third overall and second junior.  

SpeedSix Challenge

At GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series #5, the fastest speed recorded on the SailRacer trackers was from Dan Holman and Graeme Oliver’s International 14 hitting a sustained 11.44 knots. Ben Schooling in his MUSTO Skiff was fastest after speeds were adjusted. After three rounds of the SpeedSix challenge, Jonathan Carter (Vortex - Rickmansworth) holds on to top spot, with the Osprey of Phil Meakins (Warsash) and RS Aero 9 of Chris Larr (Northampton) moving up to second and third respectively.  

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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

You can find out more about the Series here:


Photo Credits: Tim Olin

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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Article Author Tim Olin 31/1/2018 07:41


GPS Tracking

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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