5 February 2010

More than 200 sailors are revving up for Round 3 of the SailJuice Global Warm-Up Series this weekend at Rutland Water. The John Merricks Tiger Trophy attracts the best dinghy racers from around the UK for two days of frenetic racing in the middle of the country.

The event is held in honour of the late John Merricks, a Rutland lad who won Olympic silver in the 470 class with Ian Walker. Ian will be present as guest speaker at the dinner on the Saturday evening.

© Martin Hollingshead: pre-start at the Tiger Trophy

The two-day Regatta and the traditional Tiger Dinner, held at Rutland Sailing Club, raises funds for the John Merricks Trust with more than half of all income going to fund the activities of the trust in their support of youth sailing. This will be the 17th Tiger Trophy, the first being won by John, an RSC member and the 14th edition dedicated to keeping his memory alive after his untimely death in Italy in 1997.

Current leaders in the SailJuice Global Warm-Up Series are 505 sailors Andy Smith and Tim Needham, thanks to their victory in the Bloody Mary at the beginning of January. However they were beaten at the Steve Nicholson Trophy last weekend by the winning Merlin Rocket of Matt Biggs and Ben Hollis, and so it will be interesting to see which of these teams comes out ahead at Rutland.

The four events of the Series are:

Bloody Mary, Queen Mary Sailing Club
9th January 2010

Steve Nicholson Memorial Trophy, Northampton Sailing Club
30th January 2010

John Merricks Tiger Trophy, Rutland Sailing Club
6th/7th February 2010

Hoo Freezer, Hoo Ness Yacht Club
28th February 2010

Prizes include a two-day ‘Learn to Fly' sailing course in Spain. This is not just any sailing lesson, but an opportunity to learn how to sail a foiling Bladerider Moth at Pro-Vela's spectacular Performance Sailing Tuition centre in Mar Menor, Spain. Rooster Sailing is supplying £300 from its technical sailing clothing range, and Holt is offering £300 of gear from its High Performance Hardware range. Hyde Sails is offering a voucher for £200 worth of sails or accessories. Yachts & Yachting is providing annual digital subscriptions to the UK's leading performance sailing magazine, and SailJuice.com is giving annual subscriptions to its ‘How to Sail Faster' website.

To find out more about the SailJuice Global Warm-Up, including the Notice of Series, How to Enter, and more about the prizes on offer, click here: www.sailjuice.com/categories/global-warm-up-2010

To find out more about this weekend's Tiger Trophy, go to: http://www.sailracer.co.uk/events/event-v2.asp?eventid=44301

Sponsors of the SailJuice Global Warm-Up

Pro Vela: www.pro-vela.com
Rooster Sailing: www.roostersailing.com
Holt: www.holt.eu
Hyde Sails: www.hydesails.com
Yachts & Yachting: www.yachtsandyachting.com
SailJuice: www.SailJuice.com