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Draycote Dash 24/25 Nov
Brass Monkey 27 Dec
Grafham Grand Prix 30 Dec
Bloody Mary 12 Jan
Steve Nicholson23 Feb (re-scheduled)
Tiger Trophy 2/3 Feb

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A full house for the Yorkshire Dales Brass Monkey


event preview - weather forecast looking encouraging

No more space for the 2nd event of the GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series, but still time to enter the Grafham Grand Prix

With a forecast of sunshine and strong wind on 27 December, and entry already full, the Yorkshire Dales Brass Monkey looks set to be a humdinger of an event. The first time it has been included the GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series, the Brass Monkey already has over 120 entries in 32 different dinghy classes. Event organiser Keith Escritt said: “It’s a pity we can’t make the lake bigger, but 120 is all we reckon can fit comfortably on the water and ashore. So we’re asking if anyone who has entered but reckons they won’t be able to make it on the day, to let us know in advance so we can pass their spot on to another boat.”

Just three days after comes the third event in the Series, the Grafham Grand Prix. Entries are growing by the day but to secure a spot, competitors should book their spot at: www.sailjuiceseries.com, the event website managed by SailRacer.

The GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series kicked off a month ago with the Draycote Dash where 90 boats competed across the two days. Peter Nelson won at Draycote in his RS600 singlehander, and so leads the Series after the first of a total of six events across the winter. With seven different classes represented in the top 10, early indications from the Draycote Dash suggest the Great Lakes handicapping system is producing very even racing for a big variety of different classes.

Top Six after one event of the GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series:

1. RS600, Peter Nelson

2. Merlin Rocket, David Hayes & Jonny Ratcliffe

3. Phantom, Andy Couch

4. Merlin Rocket, Matt Biggs & John Hackett

5. Laser, Ian Morgan

6. 505, Andy Smith & Alex Davies

Full list of scores after one event of the GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series here:


Brass Monkey Photo Credits ©: Steve Larvin/ YDSC

What is the GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series?

The Series incorporates these six big winter events, with competitors counting their best four scores, one of which must be the concluding event, the Tiger Trophy:

Draycote Dash, Draycote Water Sailing Club - Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th November 2012
Brass Monkey, Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club - Thursday 27th December 2012
Grafham Grand Prix, Grafham Water Sailing Club  -  Sunday 30th December 2012
Bloody Mary, Queen Mary Sailing Club - Saturday 12th January 2013
Steve Nicholson Trophy, Northampton Sailing Club - Saturday 26th January 2013
John Merricks Tiger Trophy, Rutland Sailing Club - Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd February 2013
There are some great prizes not just for competitors but spectators and armchair followers too. We’re offering prizes for the best online media contributions, whether they be photos via Flickr, videos through YouTube, or tweeting or blogging through the Series Facebook page. Share your experiences and you could win some great Overboard waterproof cases for your tech (iPads,  mobiles and cameras)...


Some classes have adopted the Series as their own class winter travellers’ series, and 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.

SailRacer was there at the Draycote Dash for live reporting of all the action, and will be covering other events live so you can follow the racing from home.

Find out more about the Series here: www.SailJuiceSeries.com

Further Information for media:

Please contact Andy Rice

email: info@sailjuice.com

Phone: 01962 760753

Website: www.sailjuice.com

Notes to editors

GJW Direct, the UK’s largest direct pleasure craft insurers, launched their online, all-inclusive Dinghy insurance earlier this year. Taking Dinghy insurance to a new level, they have packaged together a wide range of benefits such as new for old on all parts, full racing risk cover and no limits on the age of the boat or the user. Best of all, they are offering the cover at a highly competitive premium and getting an online  quote takes less than 30 seconds.  www.gjwdirect.co.uk/dinghy.

More recently GJW Direct have added a Multi Dinghy scheme offering all the benefits of just one policy and one renewal date and the promise of even further savings. (Call 0151 473 8000 for details.)

Media contact:

Glen Wallis

0151 473 8077



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