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Oxford Carriers Supernova Winter Championship at Bowmoor Sailing Club

by Ellen Clancy 5 Mar 10:27 GMT 23 February 2019
Supernova Winter Championship at Bowmoor © Chris Hawley

The 2019 season started is off to a strong start with the Oxford Carriers Supernova Winter Championship at Bowmoor Sailing Club on Saturday 23rd February. Despite the foggy start to the day 36 keen Supernova sailors travelled to Bowmoor to test what they had learnt over the winter.

Before racing was due to commence the thick fog had lifted and we had a beautiful sunny day which felt more like mid-summer than February.

Race 1: A port biased line created a scramble at the pin end, resulting in a general recall. At the second attempt Sansom won the pin and the boats that tack early onto port made the most gains in the light wind. Sansom held his lead throughout, with the chasing pack swapping positions as the small gusts and shifts came down the course. In the end Sansom took the win, from Milliner and then Biggs.

The Race Officer took us in for an early lunch (which was great!) waiting for the breeze to fill in.

Race 2: A slightly more consistent but still light wind. Milliner and Biggs pulled away from the chasing pack in their own battle, while behind Gibson, Sansom and Workman battled for 3rd. Biggs showed slightly more upwind speed to creep into the lead at the final top mark, then held on to take the win form Milliner and Gibson.

Race 3: With three sailors on 4 points the last race was all to play for. As the wind shifted 90deg to the right it took a while to set the course, but at the start Sansom from the port end again pulled into a big left shift with Biggs, Gibson and Young to lead at the first mark. Sansom slowly pulled away, with Gibson, Young and Milliner fighting back. At the last mark the wind died and they all closed within a few meters. Milliner split from the pack and looked to be crossing Sansom for a last gasp win, but it wasn't to be. Sansom held on for the win and Winter Champs tittle, followed by Gibson, Young.

A huge thank you to our sponsors Oxford Carriers for supporting the event and providing some brilliant prizes as well as to the whole duty crew at Bowmoor for putting on a great championship in very tricky conditions.

Overall Results:

1st Lady Ellen Clancy
1st Silver Tom Chadfield (1st Veteran)
1st Bronze Stuart Hall

PosHelmSail NoClassFleetClubR1R2R3Pts
1stCharlie Sansom1176  Bowmoor1‑312
2ndMatt Biggs1175  Blithfield31‑54
3rdCliff Milliner1190Gold Cotswold22‑44
4thMike Gibson1127GoldMasterBartley‑6426
5thGavin Young1192Gold Cotswold5‑638
6thAlex Horlock1060Gold Exe4‑20812
7thGarry Butterfield1184GoldMasterBartley7‑10714
8thRay Workman1217Gold Cotswold105‑1315
9thTom Chadfield1189SilverVeteranBlithfield‑177916
10thMike Adams552 VeteranBexhill‑1811617
11thMatt Williams1169Gold Cotswold98‑1817
12thEllen Clancy1141Silver Cotswold12‑181022
13thBrian Smith1069 VeteranBowmoor817‑2325
14thAndy Beardshaw1210 MasterRedditch1114‑1725
15thChris Hobbs1179 MasterBowmoor‑21151227
16thBob Horlock1079SilverVeteranExe1413‑1927
17thAlison Linnell1019SilverMasterHollowell229‑2431
18thChris Williams1201Gold Cotswold‑20161531
19thRichard Lambert1166GoldMasterBorg Beech1322‑2535
20thRobert Hills1216BronzeVeteranCotswold15‑232035
21stJohn Walpole1235SilverVeteranExe‑26261137
22ndPete Bingham1177SilverVeteranBowmoor2512‑2737
23rdSteve Johnson1203SilverVeteranCotswold23‑241437
24thIan Casewell1057SilverVeteranCotswold19‑282140
25thGorden Tweedle1135BronzeVeteranHaversham16‑312642
26thPaul Underell1160GoldVeteranCotswold‑27212243
27thNorman Carter1008SilverVeteranHollowell29‑321645
28thTom Baldwin1134SilverMasterCarsington 193251
29thStuart Hall1237BronzeMasterSilver Wing24‑292852
30thSerena Stewardson1083  Emberton Park‑32252954
31stAndy Gould1137BronzeVeteranCotswold2827‑3055
32ndStuart Stephen1167BronzeVeteranBartley‑34303363
33rdBen Viggers1085  Bowmoor3033‑3563
34thDavid Stephen1180Bronze Bartley33‑343164
35thMark Hitchmough561SilverMasterBowmoor31  68
36thIan White707 VeteranEmberton Park 353469

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