Brass Monkey preview


The third round of the Selden SailJuice Winter Series heads north to Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club, with a forecast for mild conditions. This is also the third qualifier for the Great British Sailing Challenge.

A capacity fleet of 79 entries looking to take the crown away from Graham Tinsley’s Laser, and still time to enter the Grafham Grand Prix this Sunday

Normally it’s cold enough to freeze the balls off a Brass Monkey, but this year’s trek northwards looks set to be a mild and moderate outing for round three of the Selden SailJuice Winter Series. The Yorkshire Dales Brass Monkey takes place on 27 December in the spectacular surroundings of Grimwith Reservoir, and it attracts some top-flight competition. Please note that entries for this event are now closed.

Just three days later it’s round four of the Series, the Grafham Grand Prix, with more than 100 boats already entered. Entry is online only at up to 20:00 on Friday 28th December 2018.

Graham Tinsley is back to defend his Brass Monkey title from 12 months ago, but there are plenty of big names among the 79 entries for him to watch out for. Former World Champion Neil Marsden is racing a GP14. Top-flight Fireball team, Ian Dobson and Richard Wagstaff, will be looking to plane their way into the front but have some other high-level Fireballs to watch out for, not least Mr Fireball himself, boatbuilder Dave Winder crewed by Ben Rayner.

Quite a few crews are attempting all seven events the Selden SailJuice Winter Series including Blaze sailor Richard Botting who managed all seven last season. Others who are making a long trip from the south include father and son team in the Osprey from Castle Cove Sailing Club in Weymouth, Ben and Simon Hawkes. Other family teams include series regulars Ralph and Sophie Singleton in the RS800, Colin and Oly Murray in the Norfolk Punt and winners of this event from five years ago in their 49er, Matty and James Lyons.

Among the singlehanded stars are Eleanor Craig in the Radial, Craig Williamson in the RS Aero, and previous winners of the Series, Tom Gillard sailing a Solo and Nick Craig in a D-One.

The Yorkshire Dales Brass Monkey is also part of the brand new Great British Sailing Challenge, with live tracking of all the boats.

Meanwhile, remember to get your entry in soon for the Grafham Grand Prix at


The following events constitute the Seldén SailJuice Winter Series 2018/19:

Fernhurst Books Draycote Dash, Draycote Water Sailing Club

17 & 18 November 2018

Datchet Flyer, Datchet Water Sailing Club

8 & 9 December 2018

Brass Monkey, Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club

27 December 2018

Grafham Grand Prix, Grafham Water Sailing Club

30 December 2018

Bloody Mary, Queen Mary Sailing Club

12 January 2019

John Merricks Tiger Trophy, Rutland Sailing Club

2 & 3 February 2019

Oxford Blue, Oxford Sailing Club

16 February 2019

You can find out more about the Series here:

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Phone: 020 8133 9330


Photo Credits: Tim Olin

Notes to editors:

Current and previous winners of the Seldén Sailjuice Winter Series

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) is the ‘how to sail and race faster’ website, with hundreds of articles and exclusive interviews with National, World and Olympic Champions. Professional sailing journalist and editor of, Andy Rice, came up with the concept of the SailJuice Winter Series (originally known as the SailJuice Global Warm-Up) as a way of increasing participation levels in dinghy racing during the off-season in the UK.

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24/12/2018 07:03


Photo © Tim Olin

GPS Tracking

2018/19 Series

Draycote Dash17/18 November 2018
Datchet Flyer8/9 December 2018
Brass Monkey27 December 2018
Grafham Grand Prix30 December 2018
Bloody Mary12 January 2019
Tiger Trophy2/3 February 2019
Oxford Blue16 February 2019
Prize Giving2 March 2019


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The Selden SailJuice Winter Series is based around the UK's biggest winter handicap events. Sailors from many different dinghy fleets now consider this series as one of the main goals of their winter racing. With great prizes on offer, it attracts some of the best sailors in the country to compete against each other. The series is managed by SailRacer.