Yorkshire Dales Brass Monkey - full house competition on frosty lake

The Yorkshire Dales Brass Monkey 2013
Steve Larvin
The Yorkshire Dales Brass Monkey, the second stage of GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series 2013, is set to be one for the ages after recording a full house with 120 entries in 32 different dinghy classes.

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.

Steve Larvin

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:

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