The Bloody Mary - West London, UK, 12th Jan
RS Aero UK Winter Series round 4, Selden SailJuice series round 5.
A whopping turnout of 26 RS Aeros at the Bloody Mary provided excellent Class racing within the mass mixed Class event. There were 241 entries in total from 56 Classes and the RS Aero 7s were the second largest Class there with 17 sailors!
It is a wonderful testament to the Class' progression and the success of the Youth Training programme that when the 'old guard' are having an off day or can not turnout the younger sailors of the Class are ready and able to step up to the mantle and do the Class proud. Congratulations to Tim Hire as 1st RS Aero and a fantastic 26th overall in what was a breezy year dominated by trapeze boats!
Thanks to Sammy Isaacs-Johnson for his report on this iconic British winter classic.
Moderate and Mild forecast for the GJW Direct Bloody Mary
by Andy Rice
Join the 200 entries registered for round five of the Selden SailJuice Winter Series...
As it’s name implies, the Bloody Mary can be a bruising affair. It’s normally blisteringly cold, sometimes below freezing. So if you fancy a crack at this winter classic, this Saturday is the time to head to west London while the weather is reasonably kind. Sponsored for the first time by GJW Direct, the classic pursuit race looks set for pretty mild conditions in moderate to fresh westerly breezes.
Entries have been high for this season’s Selden SailJuice Winter Series, and already there are 200 entries for round 5, the GJW Direct Bloody Mary. There is the usual roll-call of legends such as Roger Gilbert and Ben McGrane who won this race with about 20 minutes to spare in an International 14 a few years back. However, that was before the Great Lakes variation on the standard RYA handicap numbers were introduced, and this weekend should produce a much tighter battle for line honours, where the outcome will most likely remain in the balance until the dying minutes of the race.
There is a huge range of classes represented, with the Flying Dutchman making a rare appearance thanks to Ian Keely and John Matthews from Waveney and Oulton Broad Yacht Club. The biggest class by number is currently the RS Aero 7 singlehander, with Mr Selden himself, Steve Norbury, among the strong RS Aero line-up.
Online entry closed Wednesday midnight. You can enter on the day up to 12:00 noon or the 350 boat limit.
ONLINE BRIEFING HERE , posted by Queen Mary Sailing Club.
THE BLOODY MARY
Queen Mary SC, West London
Sat 12th Jan
RS Aero UK Winter Series no.4
14 RS Aeros are now signed up! Anymore for this annual classic?
The Bloody Mary is the largest dinghy race in the UK with a top limit of 350 boats! The iconic annual fixture represents an intriguing PY challenge with the mass numbers involved. The Pursuit format provides the benefit of Class starts within the larger race, followed by all the fun of the 'chase and be chased'!
We had 19 RS Aeros here in Jan 2017.
REMEMBER - Enter 3 out of the 10 events on the RS Aero UK Winter Series to be entered into the draw for the 50% discount voucher on a new sail!
THE BLOODY MARY
Queen Mary SC, West London
Saturday 12th January
RS Aero UK Winter Series
The Bloody Mary is the largest inland dinghy race in the UK with a top limit of 350 boats! The iconic annual mass mixed class fixture represents an intriguing PY challenge. With the Pursuit format there is the benefit of Class starts within the larger race, followed by all the fun of the 'chase and be chased'!
We had 19 RS Aeros supporting this event in Jan 2017. The race had to be cancelled due to low water in Jan 2018 and we look forward to supporting this classic again on Saturday 12th January 2019.
1st Start; 12:00
Entry fee; £20
Format; Mass pursuit race
Remember RS Sailing are kindly offering a 50% discount voucher off a new RS Aero Sail and every sailor who qualifies in the Series has an equal chance of winning the prize as they will all be entered into a draw. The Series' 10 events are spread through the winter across the country and with just 3 events required by sailors to qualify nobody needs to clock up too many winter miles to be in with a chance of the prize and qualify with a series on the results sheet.