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Noble Marine 2012 #2
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Noble Marine Supernova Travellers at Bowmoor Sailing Club

by Chris Hobbs 5 Sep 2018 06:23 BST 1 September 2018

32 Supernovas entered the Noble Marine-sponsored Supernova Travellers Open at Bowmoor SC – 17 had expert training on gybing and rules clarification the previous day at the Class training day. It was good to see such a strong turnout in pleasant sunny conditions with a light and shifty south easterly.

After bacon rolls and breakfast tea, Tom Whittingham, the race officer for the day, set a course with a variety of windward legs and some long reaches from a Committee boat start. Two back to back races in the morning gave tight battles throughout the fleet. In R1 after a clean start, boats constantly changed positions as the wind fluctuated in direction and strength. It was Cliff Milliner who eventually established a lead and went onto to win with fellow Cotswold sailor Gavin Young 2nd, Mike Gibson ('Mr Consistent' from Bartley) in 3rd followed by fellow Bartley sailor and Class Chairman Chris Hawley 4th, and Comet Trio National Champion Bob Horlock (Exe) in 5th.

Race 2 got underway with a very similar feel apart from this time top spot went to Alex Horlock (2017 National Champion) from Exe SC and Mike Gibson (Bartley) taking 2nd with Gavin Young from Cotswold SC 3rd. Race 1 leader Cliff Milliner made a 6th place. At the end of Race 2, six sailors could theoretically take top prize, so all to play for.

This was the last Open after 40 years that the Bowmoor 'Pat and Stan galley' was going to service (due to retirement) so we all enjoyed a 'last supper lunch'. Race Officer Tom reset the course as the wind shifted Southerly (still shifty though). At the front an epic tussle between Gavin Young and Cliff Milliner finally gave Gavin his 1st, Cliff 2nd, and Steve Hawley (Bartley) 3rd, followed by Mike Gibson 4th and Alex Horlock 5th.

Overall Results:

PosHelmSail NoFleetClubR1R2R3Pts
1Gavin Young1192StandardCotswold2‑313
2Cliff Milliner1190StandardCotswold1‑623
3Mike Gibson1127MasterBartley32‑45
4Alex Horlock1060StandardExe‑6156
5Steve Hawley1133StandardBartley‑11437
6Chris Hawley1224StandardBartley45‑69
7Bob Horlock1079VeteranExe5‑13813
8Steve Johnson1203VeteranCotswold8‑15715
9Chris Hobbs1179MasterBowmoor79‑1716
10Paul Undrell1160MasterCotswold107‑1417
11Ellen Clancy1141LadyCotswold128‑1320
12Brian Smith1069VeteranBowmoor‑16111021
13Serena Stewardson1083LadyEmberton Park1312‑2025
14Rob Corner1156MasterAttenborough‑2118927
15Mark Meadows1171VeteranBarton1710‑2127
16Lesley Jeanes1109LadyCotswold‑24171128
17Ian Casewell1057VeteranCotswold14‑161529
18Andy Gould1137VeteranCotswold1514‑2229
19Pete Bingham1177VeteranBowmoor921‑2330
20Mke Walker1087MasterBowmoor18‑251230
21Chris Watts1163VeteranBough Beech20‑261838
22Mark Hitchmough561MasterBowmoor1919‑2638
23David Stephen1180StandardBartley25‑301641
24Robert Hills1216VeteranCotswold22‑231941
25Andrew Goodman1062StandardAttenborough2322‑2945
26Peter Housley1099MasterSutton‑in‑Ashfield‑29202747
27Nick Whiles1130MasterAttenborough‑26242448
28James Adair1227VeteranHykeham30‑322555
29James Relph483StandardBowmoor‑32272855
30Rachael Vaughan‑Johns1191LadyBowmoor2729(DNS)56
31Peter Woods1144MasterBowmoor2828(DNF)56
32Ben Viggars1085StandardBowmoor‑31313061

1st Lady - Ellen Clancy (Cotswold SC) also finishing 11th overall
1st Veteran – Bob Horlock (Exe SC)

Many thanks to Tom Whittington and all his duty team at Bowmoor SC.

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