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Noble Marine Supernova Travellers at Hunts Sailing Club

by Tony Bleasdale 11 May 10:24 BST 20 April 2019

The thirteen Supernova helms who attended the excellent class training on the 19th were boosted up to a fleet of 19 for The Hunts SC Nobel Marine Supernova Traveller Series Open held on the 20th April. The forecast was for a shifty breeze that fluctuated throughout the day, creating some very testing conditions.

For the first race before lunch the Race Officer set out a wide ranging course taking in a good part of the lake and set 10 laps intending to shorten if the breeze proved not up to the job. It wasn't and eventually four laps were completed. Matt Biggs had got away cleanly and led from start to finish but Tony Critchley and Gavin Young were sometimes caught from behind by the chasing pack due to the unpredictable and random nature of the pressure and shifts. Eventually these two made a break and Young took second with Critchley third. Garry Butterfield came out on top of the duel with Tony Bleasdale to mark up a 4th place.

A hearty lunch was followed by two races back to back.

Race 2 and it was a similar story, Bleasdale got a great start but was soon reeled in and overtaken by Biggs, who was from then on unassailable. There were many place changes but a following pack of Butterfield, Colin Anderson, Critchley and Young broke away from the floundering main fleet. With a few legs to go Bleasdale managed to reel these in and moved into fourth with Critchley second and Butterfield third, Bleasdale then promptly lost out in the confusion of crossing the line when lapped boats were being given early finish sound signals. Those still concentrating were Critchley who held on to second, Butterfield who bagged third and Anderson regained fourth closely followed by Young in fifth.

The Race Officer decided to reset for the last race so the fleet ambled about in the fluctuating and dying breeze. Matt Biggs had his two bullets and made an early start on packing his boat away. A new shorter course was set and second and third podium places were still up for grabs for a handful of sailors. After another hour of shifty light wind and position shuffling Tony Critchley came out on top, with Garry Butterfield second and Colin Anderson third beating Gavin Young into fourth place.

Many thanks to all at Hunts Sailing Club for hosting another fantastic Class Training and Open event.

Overall Results:

PosHelmSail NoClubHelmAgeGroupR1R2R3Pts
1stMatt Biggs1175Blithfield SCMaster11(DNS)2
2ndTony Critchley1246Bolton SCVeteran‑3213
3rdGarry Butterfield1184Bartley SCMaster‑4325
4thGavin Young1192Cotswold SC 2‑546
5thColin Anderson1036Blithfield SC ‑6437
6thTony Bleasdale1254Girton SCMaster57(DNF)12
7thPeter Housley1099Sutton in Ashfield SCMaster‑76713
8thDana Church1139Notts SCVeteran‑1410515
9thJon Pebody1223Hunts SCStandard‑109615
10thNick Whiles1130Attenborough SCMaster8‑13816
11thSteve Lane1107Hunts SCMaster98‑1017
12thSerena Stewardson1083Emberton Park SCLady‑1311920
13thDavid Stephen1180Bartley SCStandard11‑1511.522.5
14thJames Adair1227Hykeham SCVeteran‑161411.525.5
15thGraham Sennit1155Hunts SCVeteran12‑171426
16thStuart Stephen1167Bartley SCVeteran‑15121527
17thSteve Long514AWSCMaster18‑191331
18thWarren Mitchell1255Snettisham Beach SCMaster1716(DNS)33
19thIan White707Emberton Park SCMaster1918(DNF)37

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