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Noble Marine Supernova Travellers at Cotswold Sailing Club

by Cliff Milliner 24 Mar 21:31 GMT 23 March 2019

The Cotswold SC Nobel Marine Supernova travellers held on the 23rd March. The forcast was for a shifty Easterly and it delivered with 6-10kts, lots of pressure differences in the gust and big shifts across the course to keep the healthy 33 entries on their toes.

Race one got under way with the left looking good until it wasn't, this would be the story of the day for most sailors: "I was looking great, then not."

The boats on the right led by Horlock, Anderson and S Hawley held a big lead at the first mark. They extended away as the wind behind brought the rest of the fleet to the mark at the same time, causing much entertainment. They were slowly reeled in, with Milliner fighting back from the pack to catch Horlock on the long reach across the lake. A few laps of match racing by Horlock followed but eventually Milliner took the lead and held on to take the win from Horlock, S Hawley and Young.

A fantastic lunch was put on by the host club and the sun started to break through.

Race 2 and it was the same story, the left looked good until everyone looked up to see Ellen Clancy miles ahead at the first mark from the right hand side. She held onto her lead for the first lap, with Gibson, Butterfield and Milliner chasing hard. This was a hard course with the RO taking the fleet to some of the less windy parts of the lake, so there were plenty of place changes in the big chasing pack. Gibson got past Clancy and Milliner soon followed, these three put a big gap on the fleet behind. Milliner pull passed Gibson for the win with Clancy in third.

Race 3 and this time the left did hold key to the first beat, with Chris and Steve Hawley leading at the mark from the home trio of 'Just visiting' Kirby, Young and Workman. The chasing pack hooked into some extra pressure on the next run and pulled past the trio at the bottom mark. Again Milliner managed to join the pressure and shift together to slowly pull back the Hawley brothers and take the lead.

Chris Hawley wants it noted that he briefly regained the lead on the final beat but Milliner squeezed ahead at the mark to hold on for the win from Chris and Steve Hawley, with Gibson, Young and Horlock battling hard just behind right to the line.

The fleet was treated to the traditional tea and cakes for prize giving, one entrant was overheard saying, "It's important at Cotswold to have a good last race so you can get a piece of the Guinness cake before it runs out." A big thank you to the Whittles and race crew, with a special guest appearance from Supernova veteran Sam Hood, for some great courses and the ladies in the galley for another great spread of food.

Three wins for Milliner gave him the overall win, but the pack behind had a mixed bag of results with Gibson taking second and first Master on countback from Steve Hawley in third. Ellen Clancy in ninth was first Lady, and Steve Johnson in eleventh was first Veteran.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoClubHelmR1R2R3Pts
1st1245Cotswold scC Milliner‑1112
2nd1127BartleyM Gibson‑6246
3rd1133Bartley SCS Hawley3‑636
4th1060Exe SCA Horlock2‑768
5th1192Cotswold SCG Young4‑1059
6th1224Bartley SCC Hawley8‑14210
7th1036Blithfield SCC Anderson58‑1513
8th1184Bartley SCG Butterfield‑1531114
9th1141Cotswold SCE Clancy114‑1315
10th1170Costwold SCR Kirby7‑13815
11th1203Cotswold SCS Johnson‑1251217
12th1217Costwold SCR Workman10‑21717
13th1169Costwold SCM Williams9‑12918
14th1109Costwold SCL Jeanes14‑251024
15th1160HavershamP Undrell‑1891625
16th1179BowmoreC Hobbs1711‑1828
17th1201Costwold SCC Williams1315(DNF)28
18th1115Costwold SCJ White1616‑2032
19th1069Bowmoor SCB Smith21‑231435
20th1137Cotswold SCA Gould19‑281736
21st1235Exe SCJ Walpole(DNF)182139
22nd1254Girton SCT Bleasdale2317‑2440
23rd1216Costwold SCR Hills‑27221941
24th1130AttenboroughN Whiles‑22192241
25th1079Exe SCB Horlock20‑242343
26th1035Bolton SCI Moodie2420‑2544
27th1237Silver Wing SCS Han25‑302651
28th1043Costwold SCR Storey2627‑3253
29th1057Cotswold SCI Casewell‑28262854
30th1163Bouch BeechC Watts30‑312757
31st1134CarsingtonT Boldwin29‑322958
32nd1167Bartley SCS Stephen‑32293059
33rd1180BartleyD Stephen31‑333162
34th1191Bowmoor SCR Vaughan Johns(DNF)DNCDNC70

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