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Noble Marine Supernova Traveller Series at Bowmoor Sailing Club

by Ellen Clancy 17 Jul 2019 14:55 BST 13 July 2019
Noble Marine Supernova Traveller Series at Bowmoor © John Banbrook

Thirty-two sailors made the start line for the 2019 Bowmoor SC Supernova Open in the Cotswolds. Given that the Nationals were only two weeks ago and we are just before the traditional summer holiday period, this was a great turn-out and proof once again that the Supernova Class Association continues to go from strength to strength.

Bowmoor is a popular open venue, situated in central southern England, but with great facilities, a warm invitation and plenty of space to stay over. The racing was preceded by a free Class Association training event on the Friday, led by top coach Alistair Goodwin from Haversham SC. Friday provided some challenging conditions for the 17 sailors that were able to duck work and enjoy the breeze, warm weather and sunshine.

The sunshine and warmth endured into Saturday for the racing but the forecast breeze threatened to abate as the day wore on. Indeed the first race provided a decent westerly enabling race officer, Chris Jenkins, the opportunity to provide two long beats and to make the most of the sailing area at the lake. However the breeze was always due to swing to the north and is was definitely going to be shifty and so advantages were on offer to make gains and, for others, losses!

The first race saw Steve Johnson and Ellen Clancy from nearby Cotswold SC take the lead at the first windward mark before being quickly caught by fellow Cotswold sailors Cliff Milliner and Gavin Young, followed by Bartley's Chris Hawley. Milliner and Young then headed a leading group through the first lap; however, a small navigational 'error' took the front two off-course and Chris Hawley, the Class Association Chairman from Bartley took full advantage to take a clear lead into lap 2. Cliff fought hard to pull back through and managed to take the first bullet, Chris held onto to second place and Gavin finished third.

The second race followed back-to-back, but the forecast unfortunately held true and the breeze swung increasingly north and became 'fickle'. The first beat saw the lead change hand several times and a large pack headed in a bundle to the second mark. Tony Beasdale from Girton SC emerged with the lead and held-on for the race win. Cliff worked hard to get second whilst Gavin and Chris were further down the field. Away from the leaders, the pack was large, clean air was hard to find and conditions were challenging.

After an outstanding lunch provided by a volunteer galley team, the fleet launched and headed to the start line for the final race. Cliff Milliner remained ashore, unable to stay for the last race, so the event was open for Chris or Tony to steal the top prize. The duty team moved the windward mark several times and through about 60 degrees before the sequence was started. Even then, and with seconds to go, the AP was raised as the breeze shifted significantly from north east back to north. After a 45 minute delay, the breeze settled and racing finally got under way.

Gavin had a good lead after two laps but the leading pack included Chris Hawley, Tony Beasdale and Mike Gibson from Bartley SC and all fighting for podium places. Chris caught Gavin at the final mark and they split for the final short beat to the line. Gavin just held on to take the win and to pip Chris to second place overall, this result also handing his buddy, Cliff Milliner, the overall event win. Chris finished third overall.

A great event was had by all with competitive races in extremely tricky winds thanks to Bowmoor who once again proved to be excellent hosts!

The next Noble Marine Supernova Traveller Series event is at Girton SC on Saturday 27th July and is the last event before the Inlands at Northampton in September. Like many of the historic ex-gravel pit venues, it offers interesting 'around the island' challenges, although at 90 acres (60 sailable) it is by no means a restricted water.

Overall Results:

1st Lady - Ellen Clancy, Cotswold SC (7th overall)
1st Master - Mike Gibson, Bartley SC (5th overall)
1st Veteran - Andrew Bownes, Bartley SC (9th overall)

PosHelmSail NoFleetClubR1R2R3Pts
1Cliff Milliner1245 Cotswold12(DNC)3
2Gavin Young1192 Cotswold3‑814
3Chris Hawley1224 Bartley2‑624
4Tony Bleasdale1254MasterGirton‑20145
5Mike Gibson1127MasterBartley‑5437
6Steve Hawley1133 Bartley45‑119
7Ellen Clancy1141 Cotswold6‑7511
8Garry Butterfield1184MasterBartley103‑1213
9Andrew Bownes1256VeteranBartley8‑10715
10Steve Johnson1203VeteranCotswold7‑20916
11Paul Undrell1160VeteranCotswold‑99817
12Chris Hobbs1179MasterBowmoor11‑131021
13Bob Horlock1079VeteranExe19‑21625
14Robert Hills1216VeteranCotswold1312‑1525
15Jonny Everett1230 Llangorse‑21111627
16Dana Church1139VeteranNotts SC14‑171327
17Alison Linnell1019MasterHollowell15‑291429
18Lesley Jeanes1109MasterCotswold1218(DNC)30
19Ian Casewell1057VeteranCotswold1614‑2130
20Brian Smith1069VeteranBowmoor1816‑1934
21Mark Hitchmough561MasterBowmoor17‑221835
22Stuart Stephen1167VeteranBartley2315‑2438
23Dan Rule1161 Carsington‑28192342
24Pete Bingham1177VeteranBowmoor‑27261743
25Shaun Smale1091MasterWelwyn Garden City‑31242044
26Norman Carter1008VeteranHollowell‑24232245
27Keith Rix1063VeteranChipstead26‑282551
28David Stephen1180 Bartley25‑322651
29John Walpole1235VeteranExe2230(DNC)52
30Chris Watts1163VeteranBough Beech3025(DNF)55
31Paul Bates1218 Haversham2927(DNF)56
32Ben Viggars1085MasterBowmoor‑32312758

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