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Alastair Brown sailed his ILCA 7/Laser to victory at the inaugural Grafham Belle on the last weekend of May. Competing in round 2 of the Selden SailJuice Winter Series, Brown’s three bullets from six races gave the Stokes Bay/ Great Moor SC sailor overall victory after a tiebreak with reigning Series Champions, the 2000 team of Simon Horsfield and Katie Burridge from Thorney Island SC.

Just two points behind the leaders and taking third place overall was the Solo of Matthew Frary from Norfolk Broads Yacht Club, who had been overnight leader at the end of Saturday.

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Sailors were happy to have emerged out of a long lockdown winter to be racing against and alongside each other after so few competitions. Despite an unpromising weather forecast of little wind and wintery conditions in the week, competitors were treated to glorious conditions on both days, with winds gusting into double figures, albeit shifty under the passing clouds. Principal race officer Nigel Denchfield and his team at Grafham Water SC did a great job of delivering the full six average lap races in the shifty and variable conditions.

Other race winners included the faster boats such as Tom Gillard & Richard Pepperdine’s 505 winning the second race followed by Colin and Oly Murray’s Norfolk Punt which took victory in the third heat. There was a good showing of 4000s at Grafham, with the home club’s team of David Marchant and Rory Moppett winning their class and finishing 16th overall.

Scoring was run to the Great Lakes PY handicap numbers, with seven classes filling the top 10 overall. All boats carried SailRacer trackers from the sub-category results are calculated, of which more below:



SpeedSix fastest

David ANNAN Musto Skiff 535 9.85 kts


Peter CURTIS RS500 1681 9 kts

Category rankings (based on extracted results)

Fast Asymmetric

  1st Norfolk Punt 94 Yorkshire Dales SC Colin MURRAY Oly MURRAY

2nd RS500 1681 Grafham Water SC Peter CURTIS James CURTIS

3rd RS400 971 Grafham Water Sailing Club Simon KITCHEN Abbi HOOPER

Fast Symmetric

1st 505 9177 Staunton Harold Tom GILLARD Richard PEPPERDINE

2nd 505 9196 SBSC Penny CLARK Russ CLARK 883 1975 FEMALE

3rd Fireball 14844 Port Dinorwic Kath BROATCH Joy JAMES

Slow Asymmetric

1st 2000 22658 Thorney Island Sailing Club Simon HORSFIELD Katie BURRIDGE

2nd RS Vareo 162 WOBYC Nick CRICKMORE

3rd RS Vareo 407 Emberton Park SC Luke FISHER


1st Solo 5953 Norfolk Broads Yacht Club Matthew FRARY

2nd Laser 199007 Stokes Bay SC/Great Moor SC Alastair BROWN

3rd Solo 5904 Paxton Lakes SC Patrick OVERS


1st Challenger 312 Rutland Sailing Club Val MILLWARD

Craftinsure Family Rankings

505 9196   Penny and Russ Clark

Next events in the Selden SailJuice Winter Series take place on the opposite side of the country. On the east coast is a long distance 26-miler, the Medway Marathon on Saturday 19 June. Meanwhile in north Wales it’s an inland marathon for those competing in the popular Bala Long Distance, at Bala SC on 19 & 20 June.

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The following events will count towards the scoring of the Seldén SailJuice Winter Series 2020/21:


Datchet Flyer, Datchet Water SC, 6-7 December 2020

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

Medway Marathon, Medway YC, 19 June 2021

Bala Long Distance, Bala SC, 10-11 July 2021

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

You can find out more about the Series here: www.SailJuiceSeries.com

Further Information for media:

Please contact Andy Rice

email: info@sailjuice.com

Phone: 020 8133 9330

Website: www.sailjuice.com

Photo Credits: Tim Olin

Notes to editors:

Previous 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)

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