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Glorious moderate breezes forecast for Medway Marathon

by Andy Rice 17 Jun 02:05 PDT 19 June 2021
54th Medway Marathon © Richard Janulewicz / www.sharkbait.org.uk

Beautiful breezes are on the forecast for competitors at this Saturday's Medway Marathon, the latest event in the extended Selden SailJuice Winter Series.

Hosted by Medway Yacht Club on 19 June, predicting a winner of this 26-mile long distance is always hard. In moderate easterlies, the handicap possibilities will be wide open. Recent winners are:
2019 - Chris Saunders - Blaze 778
2018 - Richard Stone/Catherine Gore - Wayfarer 10974
2017 - Andrew Peake - Musto Skiff 568

Other boat classes to perform well in past years include the Alto, RS600, RS800, Streaker, K1, Solo, V3000, Sonata and 2000.

Where most events in the Selden SailJuice Winter Series are fast and frantic spins around a hectic short course in the middle of winter, the midsummer Medway Marathon is a 26-mile long distance departure from the norm.

Dinghies with a Great Lakes handicap PY of 1315 or less are eligible to compete alongside the local keelboat fleets of International Dragons, National Sonatas and National Squibs. The event is not open to kiteboards, sailboards, multihulls or foiling boats.

For the under-23s, the 13-mile Half Marathon is a shorter option, although challenging nevertheless.

The Medway Marathon is a very recent addition to the Seldén SailJuice Winter Series which has been extended from last winter through to the final event which is the rescheduled Tiger Trophy, due to take place at Rutland Water on the final weekend of August.

To enter the Medway Marathon (or the Half Marathon if you're under-23) and compete in an event that's very different to your average open meeting, see sailjuiceseries.com

The events

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

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