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Noble Marine Supernova Travellers at Cotswold Sailing Club

by Cliff Milliner 27 Mar 2018 08:33 BST 24 March 2018

It was a great turnout of 33 boats at the Noble Marine travellers event at Cotswold Sailing Club, including the current National champion coming to see what true lake sailing was all about, were greeted with a light 2-3knts, that slowly died as the afternoon went on.

RO David Bevan set a nice course given the wind and everyone got away cleanly. The port end looked good, but it was the right-hand side that paid at the top mark, Bartley’s Steve Hawley lead the way from the Cotswold duo of Gavin, Cliff with Mike close behind. Gavin was sailing fast but not always the right way, yo-yo-ing from 1st to 4th all race, but the RO shortened the course at the right time with Gav just sneaking through to take the line from, Mike, Steve, then Cliff.

After the legendary CSC (Sam Hood) lunch, the sailors went back out into a dying breeze.

In race 2 you might have thought you heard a dog yelping in pain, but no, that was the dulcet tones of Frank McMullen from Bolton Sailing Club who was first to the windward mark. In hot pursuit were Andrew Snell and Gavin. Andrew and Gavin sneaked past Frank - it was nice whilst it lasted hey Frank. But no Frank was not going to roll over this time, he overtook both Gavin and Andrew to retake the lead. In the end it was incredibly close with Andrew but it was Frank who took his first ever supernova open race win. Frank's celebration was of Olympic gold proportions and they may have heard it in Bolton. Apparently, he’s now going to retire, as it can’t get any better!

Race 3 saw Snell and Young fighting for the lead and the overall title, with Snell getting the better on the second beat. Behind there was a lot of place changes as the small gusts came and went. In the end Snell took line from Young. Milliner 3rd just pipped Hawley on the line pushing him down to 5th in the over all rankings. There was a bit of a wait for the fleet as the wind died, leaving a few nervous sailors marooned just before crossing the line, but In the end everyone made it home in time for tea and cakes.

So Andrew took the overall win, Gavin second then Cliff, Mike and Steve. Frank was 7th overall (behind class chairman Chris Hawley in 6th) beating current national champion Alex Horlock. Ellen was first lady in 15th overall.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3Pts
1st1186A SnellASA‑5213
2nd1192G YoungCotswold SC1‑423
3rd1190C MillinerCotswold sc‑4336
4th1127M GibsonBartley2‑657
5th1133S HawleyBartley SC3‑1147
6th1224C HawleyBartley SC65‑711
7th1068F McmullenBolton SC‑2111314
8th1060A HorlockExe SC8‑14614
9th649T BoldwinCarsington‑199817
10th1223J PebodyHunts SC‑1481018
11th1184G ButterfieldBartley SC9‑19918
12th1217R WorkmanCostwold SC7‑221623
13th1179C HobbsBowmore177‑2224
14th1203S JohnsonCotswold SC13‑151225
15th1115J WhiteCostwold SC‑18161127
16th688P Stanly jonesCostwold SC(DNS)101929
17th576C BrownBolton SC‑20121830
18th1069B SmithBowmoor SC‑23131730
19th1141E ClancyCotswold SC16‑181430
20th1160P UndrellHaversham1221‑3033
21st1137A GouldCotswold SC1124‑2735
22nd1057I CasewellCotswold SC15‑312035
23rd1079B HorlockExe SC10‑282636
24th1163C WattsSutton Bingham SC24‑251539
25th1109L JeanesCostwold SC2217(DNF)39
26th1156R Corner 2520(DNF)45
27th627C MartinSwalkstone‑26232346
28th1130N WhilesAttenborough‑29292150
29th1099P HousleySutton in Ashfield‑30262450
30th1083S StewardsonEmberton Park27‑302552
31st1096A BirchBartley‑31272956
32nd1168J WalpoleExe SC28‑323159
33rd408D Stephen 32‑332860

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