Now in its third year it would be great to see more of our members competing for the Russell Winter Handicap Trophy.    For many years there have been some wonderful Winter Handicaps which are great opportunity to race in much larger fleets with some of the best UK sailors.  The Russell Trophy is all about encouraging and rewarding our members at Paxton Lakes to take part in these events.
This years Russell Winter Handicap Trophy will include the following events:

Grafham Grand Prix at Grafham Sailing Club
Sunday 30th December 2012
2 handicap races with 4 separate fleets 1st race start 11:00
http://www.grafham.org/?p=5514

Bloody Mary (40th Anniversary)
Saturday 12th January 2013
1 long Pursuit race (expect at least 250 other boats) Race start time for slowest boat is 12:00pm (make sure you aim to launch early as it can take a while to launch boats)
http://www.queenmary.org.uk/bloody-mary.aspx

Steve Nicholson Memorial Race at Northampton Sailing Club
28th January 2013
2 handicap races with 3 separate fleets  1st Race start 11:00 for single handed and double handed Assymetrics start in the afternoon
http://www.northamptonsailingclub.org/index.asp?selection=Calendar&cy=2013

Tiger Trophy at Rutland Sailing Club
2nd  & 3rd February 2013
3 back to back handicap races with a slow and fast start for Saturday lasting approx 45 mins each.  Then Sunday has 1 long non dis-cardable pursuit race
www.rutlandsc.co.uk

Some events have a restriction on the number of boats allowed and require you to pre-enter.  Please make sure you do this early.

As there are different formats for each of the races, from a 300+ single pursuit to 40-50 boat fleets based on handicap splits, to give an overall result your final position at each event will be taken and factored up based on the largest fleet across all events.  This will then give a point score for each event which is comparable across event and fleets.  You will also get 2 discards so your best 2 scores will count to your overall score.  A change for this year is that each sailor that takes part will score points for themselves so if you change crews or helms, change boats you individual scores will be the ones that count together.  If there are any ties then your best discard will be used to break a tie.

Just in case I miss you when I am looking through the results of each event please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to let me know which you are going to.  This year I should be at all events so if you are unsure about anything or would like to find out more about each specific event just ask.