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Nelson takes early lead in SailJuice Winter Series

Peter Nelson in an RS600 holds the lead in the GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series, after his win at the Draycote Dash, the first event of the winter series. Second place went to David Hayes and Jonny Ratcliffe in a Merlin Rocket and third to Andy Couch in a Phantom. With winds in excess of 20 knots at the start of the 100-minute Pursuit Race, some of the 83-strong handicap fleet stayed ashore. It was the 505 sailed by Andy Davis and Mike Senior who came through to win the double-points, non-discardable Pursuit Race. This elevated them to seventh overall, but it was a fifth place for Nelson's RS600 that proved sufficient to give him overall victory in the Draycote Dash. The the next event is 27 December, the Brass Monkey at Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club.

Draycote Dash - Final overall leaders (83 entries)
1st Fast RS600 920 Peter Nelson, Northampton SC 920 6 -52 8 4 10 80 28pts
2nd Fast Merlin Rocket 3734 David Hayes / Jonny Ratcliffe Hayling Island SC 980 14 -21 13 5 6 59 38pts
3rd Medium Phantom 1345 Andy Couch, Rudyard Lake SC 1010 -7 3 5 6 28 49 42pts
4th Fast Merlin Rocket 3743 Matt Biggs / John Hackett, Blithfield SC 980 -19 9 10 11 12 61 42pts
5th Slow Laser 188781 Ian Morgan, Hill Head SC 1118 1 -15 4 12 26 58 43pts
6th Fast Osprey 55 Mike Pickering / Mike Priddle, Restronguet SC 944 -21 7 17 17 4 66 45pts
7th Fast 505 9088 Andy Smith / Alex Davies, Notts County SC 889 20 -57 7 3 16 103 46pts
8th Fast 505 9063 Andy Davis / Mike Senior Blithfield SC 889 -41 31 15 9 2 98 57pts
9th Medium Scorpion 1987 Steve Hall / Oli Wells, Pinnell and Bax 1042 -65 15 21 7 14 122 57pts
10th Medium Scorpion 2013 Peter Gray / Rachael Rhodes SHSC 1042 25 5 19 (83.0 DNF) 22 154 71pts

Full results available here

GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series
The Series incorporates these six big winter events, with competitors counting their best four scores, one of which must be the Tiger Trophy:

- Draycote Dash, Draycote Water Sailing Club - Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 November 2012
- Brass Monkey, Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club - Thursday 27 December 2012
- Grafham Grand Prix, Grafham Water Sailing Club - Sunday 30 December 2012
- Bloody Mary, Queen Mary Sailing Club - Saturday 12 January 2013
- Steve Nicholson Trophy, Northampton Sailing Club - Saturday 26 January 2013
- John Merricks Tiger Trophy, Rutland Sailing Club - Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 February 2013

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26 November 2012 8:56 GMT


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