Sailjuice Winter Series
Tim Olin's photo from Datchet demonstrates the breadth of sailing classes that compete at the Sailjuice Winter Series
Taking place during the winter in the UK, the Selden Sailjuice Winter Series brings together some of the biggest winter handicap racing events into a unified series, to find out just who's tough enough to race their way through another brutal British winter.
The Selden SailJuice Winter Series aims to appeal to as many classes as possible, with typically almost 100 different types of boat represented across the season, from fleets as diverse as the traditional Norfolk Punt and National 18 to emerging classes like the Hadron H2 singlehander.
Some fleets choose to use some of the events as their class championships, such as the RS Aero which typically brings up to 50 boats for the concluding event of the season, the Oxford Blue, serves as the Aero Winter Championships.
1,000 Brave Souls!
Taking place since 2009, every winter around one thousand competitors take part in up to a hundred different types of boat, ranging in speed from the Optimist up to the International Moth. The willingness of the Seldén SailJuice Winter Series and the Great Lakes Group - who run the handicap numbers for the Series - to accommodate virtually any kind of sailing dinghy into the competition is very attractive particularly to those fleets that struggle to establish a number on the RYA PY system. Equally, the Series has also proven popular with big fleets like the RS Aero who have the strength in numbers to run their separate events, yet still enjoy competing alongside other types of dinghy in mixed handicap competition.
The concept has proven so popular that Sailjuice has been consulted by US Sailing and representatives in Australia about establishing similar handicap racing competitions in their regions.
Our own Handicap Racing system for fairer racing
Over the years the Great Lakes Handicap Group has set its own variation of the standard RYA PY numbers to produce very close competition for pretty much every kind of boat that takes part. The more a class takes part in the Winter Series, the more accurately the Great Lakes handicap can be set for that type of boat.
More about the Great Lakes Handicap Group here...
Our own Photographer
We promote every event and the overall Series massively on social media, helped by the fact that our hardy photographer, Tim Olin, braves all conditions to take great photos of almost every boat that competes in the Series.
Find the photos here...
Hall of Fame: past winners of the Seldén Sailjuice Winter Series
2019/20 Simon Horsfield & Katie Burridge (2000)
2018/19 Simon Horsfield & Katie Burridge (2000)
2017/18 Alistair Goodwin (Laser)
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)
Note: This is not the official website for the Series. You can find the website here....