|Draycote Dash||24/25 Nov|
|Brass Monkey||27 Dec|
|Grafham Grand Prix||30 Dec|
|Bloody Mary||12 Jan|
|Steve Nicholson||23 Feb (re-scheduled)|
|Tiger Trophy||2/3 Feb|
Now entering its fourth season, the GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series might have had a change of name, but the focus remains the same - to find out who's tough enough to go handicap racing in the most prestigious sailing events of the British winter....
[photo from Steve Nicholson Trophy: ©ChunkyPics.co.uk]
NAME CHANGE AND SPONSORSHIP FROM GJW DIRECT
Never heard of this Series before? For the past three years it has been known as the SailJuice Global Warm-Up, incorporating some of the UK’s best-known dinghy handicap classic events. Now, with the support of new title sponsor - GJW Direct Insurance - we’ve changed the name of the Series, but the principal goals remain the same: to get sailors from many different classes out racing during the winter, and to find out who’s the best handicap racer in the country.
Glen Wallis from GJW Direct commented: “The GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series attracts the keenest sailors to come together from across the country and compete in a huge range of different classes. The big handicap events are a real focal point of winter sailing and we’re delighted to be supporting the Series this year.”
FOUR OUT OF SIX
After five events last year, we've added another one, the Brass Monkey at Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club. This is the first event we’ve had in the North of England. For the South, there’s the Bloody Mary, and then four dotted around the middle of the country - the Draycote Dash, the Grafham Grand Prix, the Steve Nicholson Memorial Trophy and the John Merricks Tiger Trophy.
This season you must count your best four results from these six events, although there’s always the incentive to improve on your worst score by competing in five or even the full six regattas.
GREAT LAKES HANDICAPPING
Historically, handicap racing has had its ‘bandit classes’ which run away with the prizes more often than perhaps they should. Part of the aim of this Series is to iron out the imbalances and create fairer competition, rewarding the best sailors regardless of which class they are racing. It’s an imperfect science, but our Great Lakes group of handicapping experts have been hard at work analysing historic race data and there are more changes to handicap numbers this year, although fewer big changes than last year. From the dominance of the ‘handicap bandits’ - those classes that were cleaning up a couple of years ago and long before that - in early 2012 we saw a much wider spread of winners from a much greater range of classes at last year’s events. We aim to see this trend continue through this winter season.
SailRacer has done the number crunching to calculate the points scores for the past couple of years of the Series, and this year Simon Lovesey and this team are running the online entry process for all six events, as well as introducing new sponsors to the Series. SailRacer’s online entry system means you can enter anything from one through to all six events and make a single payment, saving you time and guaranteeing your place in advance. Some of the events were oversubscribed last year, and we’re expecting the same again this year.
IS YOUR BOAT ELIGIBLE?
However! Please note that each of the events has its own criteria for what kinds of boat and class are eligible. Please note that you are responsible for checking that you are eligible to compete at each of your preferred events in the Series before submitting your entry online. A broad rule of thumb: If you’re planning to race a monohull dinghy that’s as fast or faster than a Topper, but no faster than a 49er (Big Rig), then you’re probably OK. International Moths, keelboats and multihulls should be careful because they are likely to be eligible for some, but not all, events in the Series.
PRIZES FOR COMPETITORS, CLASSES & SPECTATORS
Thanks to generous support from Series sponsors, once again we have some great prizes for competitors, but also for spectators. For the sailors, of course the top three will get their rewards but we like to honour people from the top to the bottom of the results for having the sheer guts and perseverance to venture out into the depths of winter. And the same goes for spectators and volunteers who help run these events, so we’re offering prizes for the best media contributions, whether they be photos via Flickr, videos through YouTube, or tweeting or blogging through the Series Facebook page. Some classes have adopted the Series as their own class winter travellers’ series, and we welcome and encourage this. For the class that does the best promotion of the Series, there's the chance to win an OverBoard waterproof bag for your tech (mobile, camera or iPad) - great for live reporting at your events .
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.
Enter the Series here: www.SailJuiceSeries.com
Two reasons to enter sooner than later:
1. Early entrants get put into a prize draw. The first draw takes place before the Draycote Dash, with other ‘early entry’ prize draws being held before Christmas. The earlier you enter, the more chances you give yourself. Prizes include Gul winter gear to keep you warm and SailJuice.com subions.
2. Even more important, some of last season’s events were oversubscribed well in advance of the day. Enter online and enter early to guarantee your spot.
Enter the Series here: www.SailJuiceSeries.com
Enter two or more events by 20th November and you could Win a copy of 'Asymmetric Sailing', the brand new book by Andy Rice, Yachts & Yachting columnist and editor of SailJuice.com. A 236-page manual on how to get the most out of your asymmetric dinghy, catamaran or keelboat, with 'how to' tips and secrets revealed by sailing legends such as Geoff Carveth, Stevie Morrison, Glenn Ashby, and many other World Champions and Olympic Medallists. (Errrr, but what if you don't sail an asymmetric boat? You can swap for a six-month free subion to SailJuice.com instead, where there are tons of tips for every kind of sailor and boat.)
Enter four or more events by 20th November and you are also entered into a prize draw for year's membership to SailJuice.com, worth £47.
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Article Author Andy Rice 7/11/2012 11:08
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