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Holman & Bromilow's 420 storms the Brass Monkey

by Andy Rice 29 Dec 2023 05:17 PST 27 December 2023

With 75 entries for another breezy event in this season's stormy Seldén SailJuice Winter Series, Arran Holman and David Bromilow's 420 dominated the Yorkshire Dales Brass Monkey...

The breezy theme for this season's Seldén SailJuice Winter Series continued with a windy outing at the Yorkshire Dales Brass Monkey. This time it was the turn of Olympic campaigner Arran Holman crewed by David Bromilow to enjoy the planing conditions in their 420 to win both races of the one-day event.

With 75 entries from 32 classes and 40 different clubs, there was also a big youth contingent taking part, with the youngest sailor being just 12 years old. The RS Fevas made the Brass Monkey their class North Winter Championships, with five boats entered.

With Storm Gerrit predicted to batter the UK after Boxing Day, the forecasts were suggesting some extreme weather conditions for the Brass Monkey. However, after some deliberation Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club decided to give it a go, and were rewarded with good racing conditions, with the predicted stronger winds not arriving until much later in the day.

Even if the conditions were softer than expected, they were anything but easy. At least the temperature was balmy, even lifting into double figures. But with lots of rain and winds of 15 to 20 knots with occasional gusts over 30, it was still a very challenging outing. It made for great entertainment not just for the sailor but for those that came to enjoy the great YDSC hospitality and warm atmosphere in the clubhouse.

It was perfect 420 conditions, with Holman and Bromilow (Hollowell SC) winning by over a minute on corrected time in both races. Multiple dinghy champion Tom Gillard (Streaker - Sheffield Viking SC), had two seconds in his Streaker to be 2nd overall and Ben Flower (ILCA 7 - Paignton), two thirds to be third.


Principal Race Officer Phil Whitehead and the team at YDSC did a great job to deliver a fantastic event in challenging conditions and brought a positive can-do attitude to making sure the sailors and spectators enjoyed a thrilling day in beautiful surroundings.

Top Speeds from the day:

  • RS400 Ollie Groves and Tom Parkhurst (Beaver SC) - 11.87 kts
  • MUSTO - Robert Richardson (Royal Windermere YC) - 11.86 kts

Top Speeds corrected on handicap:

  • RS200 - Adam and Martyn Catlow (Leigh and Lowton SC) - 11.3 kts
  • RS200 - Will Taylor and Faye CASWELL (Lymington Town SC) - 11.09 kts


After three events, Ben Flower's ILCA 7 takes the overall lead with Fresh Abendstern and Ross Kemp's Graduate up 15 places to second overall, and Rob Richardson's Musto Skiff up one to third overall.

Overall Ranking here...


Next up, it's the Gill Grafham Grand Prix on 30 December, and more than 120 entries signed up in advance...

Enter here...

Keep an eye on the weather, though, as the forecast looks strong. Here's an official update from Grafham Water Sailing Club:

"The forecasts for Saturday are showing strong and gusty winds for the day. However at the time of writing (Thursday am) conditions look sailable. We have therefore taken the decision to go ahead at this stage, though it is possible that conditions on the day will necessitate cancellation. Remember it is your decision alone as to whether to come on the day, and whether to go afloat."

To enter other events in the Series including the GJW Direct Bloody Mary on 6 January 2024...


The following events are in the Seldén SailJuice Winter Series 2023/24:

  • Fernhurst Books Draycote Dash, Draycote Water Sailing Club 18 & 19 November 2023
  • Datchet Flyer, Datchet Water Sailing Club 9 & 10 December 2023
  • Yorkshire Dales Brass Monkey, Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club 27 December 2023
  • Gill Grafham Grand Prix, Grafham Water Sailing Club 30 December 2023
  • GJW Direct Bloody Mary, Queen Mary Sailing Club 6 January 2024
  • King George Gallop, King George Sailing Club 20 January 2024
  • John Merricks Tiger Trophy, Rutland Sailing Club 3 & 4 February 2024
  • Oxford Blue, Oxford Sailing Club 17 February 2024
  • Prizegiving at RYA Dinghy & Watersports Show, Farnborough 24 February 2024

You can find out more about the Series here:

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