THE GILL SERIES
The Gill Series is the National 12’s premier annual racing series which each year covers eight events across the country. The format is designed to encourage all ages of 12 and all levels of helm. With prizes spread across the fleet and particular recognition given to those who have not entered the series before.
It is a fantastic mix of sailing venues, ranging from restricted waters & tidal estuaries to open sea. Of the eight venues, you need to enter four to qualify for the series. Prizes are awarded at individual venues in addition to the final prize giving held at the last event of the Year, at Northampton SC in November.
1. Annandale Sailing Club: Scottish Champs 14-15 April
Take a trip to the historic Castle Loch for a weekend of sailing with the Scots.
2. Spinnaker Sailing Club 21- 22 April
Start the season off with a weekend of sailing near the New Forest. The sailing programme is yet to be finalised but we are working on a deal with a local campsite which has an excellent pub next door for the Saturday night entertainment and accommodation.
3. Salcombe Yacht Club 5 - 7 May
Take a trip down to the South Hams for a weekend of great sailing on the Kingsbridge Estuary and explore Salcombe before the tourist season gets too busy. How about some Devon ice-cream after sailing or a G&T in the yacht club bar?
4. Hayling Island Sailing Club: Burton Weekend 2 - 5 June
The Champs - well they speak for themselves! There will lots of great racing and off the water entertainment including the Burton Dinner, BBQ and fancy dress.
5. Royal Harwich Yacht Club 23 - 24 June
This event will be combined with the Larks and the Fireflies and is bound to have some great racing on the River Orwell and some inter-fleet games on Saturday night - will you be sipping Pimms while playing croquet or supping a pint while sumo wrestling? Camping on site available.
6. Leigh & Lowton Sailing Club: Summer Event 25- 26 August
Pennington Flash is lovely place to spend a weekend - great camping & socialising (excellent quiche & cake!). There will be some fleet racing, a pursuit race and the crews race for The Fowey Pot. Camping on site available.
7. Hykeham Sailing Club 22 - 23 Sept
Take a trip to Hykeham (near Lincoln) for some sailing and 'Pimp-your-Boat' competition on Saturday night.
8. Northampton Sailing Club: Inland Champs and Series Prize-giving 3 - 4 Nov
Come and celebrate the end of a great series with the Inland Championships at Northampton and fireworks on Saturday night. Camping on site available.
THE GILL SERIES & BURTON WEEK
The main class sponsor, GILL support not only Burton Week, but also the GILL Series. With BW now part of the this series, why not come and join in at some of the other 7 events held round the country through out the year. The series now distinguishes between T-foilers, DB’s, AC boats and Vintage, so there is a way for all types of 12 to feel part of the competition and be recognised for their efforts!.