Now is the winter of our discontent... which is why the Seldén SailJuice Winter Series is being extended into this spring and summer. With Covid forcing the cancellation or postponement of all but one of the scheduled events, the results of the successfully run Datchet Flyer last December do not add up to a series worthy of the name.

So series co-organisers Andy Rice and Simon Lovesey have agreed with title sponsor Seldén Mast to continue to run the series through to a concluding event at Rutland Water, the rescheduled John Merricks Tiger Trophy on the last weekend of August.

“This is probably the first time a winter series will be taking place during the warm months of the year,” said Andy. “But the focus for me and Simon has always been to maximise participation in dinghy racing by whatever means we can. With so many summer regattas and national championships being cancelled already, and the ever-present problem of too many of the smaller classes trying to organise single-class open meetings where they can’t even guarantee a turnout of 20 boats, we’re looking to offer a more sustainable option with the multi-class handicap events throughout the spring and summer."

Simon has been spearheading the continuation of sailing wherever possible within Covid guidelines, via his non-for-profit organisation RestartSailing which he established during National Lockdown #1 in spring 2020. Simon said: “We are working with sailing clubs that are keen to make things happen wherever it is possible to do so in a safe, Covid-compliant manner. If any club or class wants us to help them put on a sustainable, profitable, fun and safe event, we’re ready to talk with them.”

So if you want to find out more, either as a competing sailor, class or sailing club, please contact Simon on:



The following events are in the Seldén SailJuice Winter Series (Summer Edition!):

Alton Water, Suffolk, 27-28 March 2021

Paignton Open for Single Handers (P.O.S.H.), Paington SC, 8-9 May 2021

Grafham Belle, Grafham Water SC, 29-30 May 2021

Wilsonian River Challenge, Wilsonian SC, 26-27 June 2021

Bala Long Distance, Bala SC, 19-20 June 2021

Tiger Trophy, Rutland Water SC, 28-29 August 2021


You can find out more about the Series here: 

Meanwhile Simon and Andy have been busy hosting some informative and entertaining Facebook Live sessions looking at the history of dinghy sailing from a number of angles. 

To give you a flavour of these Facebook Live specials, here’s a list of the webinars hosted so far this winter:



Facebook Live - History of the Tiger Trophy  

Facebook Live - Innovating for Better Racing 

Facebook Live - History of the Bloody Mary 

Facebook Live - Great Lakes Handicap System 

Facebook Live - Winter Winners, Past & Present 

Facebook Live - History of the Draycote Dash