Sponsored by Oxford Carriers
You would expect a Winter Championship event to be cold, and unsurprisingly it was. A mixture of Snow and light winds made the warm Haversham welcome even better than usual. Despite the conditions 23 helms took to the water and conditions improved.
Gibson took the lead and despite best effort from the rest of the fleet never looked back. However things were much tighter behind, Ellingham sailed well to take second place from Young. East and Hartley were just behind after having fought back from mid fleet positions.
Hawley was first to the windward mark just ahead of Young. Gibson and East were a not far behind and it wasn't long before Gibson and Young broke away. It was neck and neck between Gibson and Young, but eventually Young cross the line in first but a matter of a few feet. East came past Hawley for third.
With Young and Gibson both with a first it was always going to be a race between those two, but there was still a lot to play for further down the fleet. Gibson took control and took line and event honours closely followed by Young, but it was Milliner in for 3 and Hartley 4, Ellingham took 5th.
Racing was competitive across the fleet and everywhere you looked there were battles going on, a good days sailing and strong start to the year.
Thanks to Oxford Carriers to sponsoring the event and Hartley Boats for donating some spot prizes.
1st Mike Gibson
2nd Gavin Young
3rd John Ellingham
1st Master, Phil East
1st Veteran, Steve Johnson
1st Silver Fleet, Steve Johnson
The 23rd March marks the start of the 2013 Noble Marine Travellers Trophy at West Oxford, with 23 boats in a cold snowy day the rest of the year is something to look forward to.