Please select your home edition
Noble Marine 2020 - LEADERBOARD

Noble Marine Supernova Travellers' Series at Cotswold Sailing Club

by Gavin Young 28 Mar 06:23 GMT 14 March 2020
Action from the Cotswold Supernova open in 2010 © Adrian Hollier

Saturday 14th March saw the first, and possibly the last (for a while anyway), Supernova Class Association Travellers' Series Event held at Cotswold Sailing Club.

The Class is pleased to have held the Winter Championships in February despite the high winds and now to have completed the first Traveller event of year before the cancelling of scheduled events due to the COVID-19 virus situation. The event also produced some of the closest racing we have seen with the top three sailors spending all three races at close quarters and finishing with one point between them and a tie break for first place.

So with sanitiser in hand the sailors were greeted with near perfect F2/3 gusting F4 wind strength, shifty conditions and a challenging Westerly/North Westerly direction, making course laying difficult to provide the competitors with the preferred long beats and runs.

The event attracted a total of 23 sailors which included the current National Champion Cliff Milliner, sailing at his home club and a previous National's winner Alex Horlock from Exmouth SC. The attendance was lower than normal, primarily down to the slow start to the season due to the high winds and gusty weather forecast combined with the concerns over the COVID-19 virus.

The 10:30 briefing was given by RO, Steve Whittle, and the first course was laid with 2 short beats and a long reach almost the length of the lake.

Race 1 started cleanly with the fleet well up to the line in a F2/3 breeze. The fleet split to both sides of the course with the local sailors being beaten to the windward mark by Horlock who approached from the right on starboard followed by Young, Milliner and Hawley approaching on port. The first course turned out to be a little processional making place changes very difficult, nonetheless some places were exchanged due to the shifty conditions. The top 3 boats remained within a few boat lengths of each other as they pulled ahead of the rest of the fleet. A challenge from Young on the run saw him move past Horlock and take the lead, the race continued in this order until the end of the 4th lap when Milliner past Horlock. With his sights set on Young, Milliner started to close the gap. Young concentrated and held the lead to cross the line in first, followed by Milliner, then Horlock.

The fleeted headed in for the famous Cotswold lunch, which kindly included vegan options for those who requested, before returning to the water for back to back races 2 and 3.

With a new course to provide longer beats across the lake Race 2 started cleanly, again with the fleet pushing hard up to the line for a starboard end start. The fleet again split to both sides of the course with Milliner just taking the lead followed by Young and Horlock. Despite some very close racing Milliner and Young pulled ahead of Horlock, after much close combat and luffing matches to protect mark rounding rights Milliner and Young remained within a few boats of each other for the entire race, finally finishing with Milliner 1st, followed by Young, then Horlock.

Race 3 was started with the same course and a slightly increasing breeze. The racing had been physically demanding with gusty conditions resulting in frequent capsizes and four sailors retired before the last race. The leading sailors, Milliner and Young, having a 1st and 2nd place each, were now competing for the win. The race again started cleanly with Young determined to push hard off the line. At the windward mark Young rounded first followed by Horlock with Milliner being a couple of places behind after starting further down the line. Young led for the first lap with Horlock close behind and Milliner chasing hard, having moved up to 3rd place. Young tacked too early half way up the second beat allowing Horlock to sail closer to the bank before tacking onto starboard to lay the mark. A wind shift meant that Young was forced to tack to make the mark but had to duck Horlock who was on the starboard lay line. Horlock took the lead followed closely by Young and Milliner who was closing the gap. Despite some close racing and a hard luff from Young to keep Milliner from an inside overlap the race finished with Horlock in the lead, followed by Young, then Milliner.

The top three sailors had an incredibly close event, but this was reflected throughout the fleet with several tie break situations. Steve Hawley in his new boat showed some incredible boat speed taking two 4th places and a 5th.

All the competitors would like to thank the hosting club for the warm welcome, hospitality and friendly approach, a special thank you to all the galley crew, the RO and his assistant and the safety boats crews who gave up their Saturday to support the event. The Club is always pleased to see the Supernova fleet returning with many of the sailors now considered to be old friends.

The prize-giving was also an opportunity to award the 2019 travellers series prizes already announced. With post sail cake in hand the event prize winners were as follows.

Overall Results:

1st Gavin Young - 1192 (Cotswold SC)
2nd Cliff Milliner - 1245 (Cotswold SC)
3rd Alex Horlock - 1060 (Exmouth SC)
4th Steve Hawley - 1263 (Bartley SC)
5th Matt Williams - 1248 (Cotswold SC)
6th Colin Anderson - 1175 (Blithfield SC)

Related Articles

Supernovas at Haversham
A great turn out of 26 competitors We had a great turn out of 26 competitors for the last Supernova 2020 Travellers' Series again sailed with COVID safe protocols. The day started with light 4 to 8 mph winds and spells of autumn sunshine making the conditions pleasant but a little slow. Posted today at 6:33 am
Supernova Inland Championships at Burton
Matt Biggs ends ten year domination by Cliff Millliner and Mike Gibbson The Supernova Class returned to competitive sailing with an exceptional weekend of racing for the Inland Championships at Burton Sailing Club in Derbyshire. The fleet arrived to a superbly organised event by the team at Burton. Posted on 8 Sep
Supernova 2020 Nationals cancelled
But it's not all bad news With significant regret the Supernova Class Association committee have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Nationals at Plas Heli. Posted on 7 Jun
Oxford Carriers Supernova Winter Championship
Bowmoor really makes visitors feel so welcome On the day sailors were greeted by Bowmoor SC members, a club that really enjoys the visiting sailors and makes them feel so welcome with their fantastic facilities. Posted on 25 Feb
Supernova Nationals Championship 2020 launches
Early bird entry opens on Black Friday It's Black Friday and the Supernova Class Association really do have a great deal to shout about... That's right, the 2020 Supernova National Championship early bird entry is now open. Posted on 29 Nov 2019
Supernova class 2019 season round-up
Another fantastic one for the Supernova Class It feels like just the other day that the 2019 Supernova season kicked off with the Winter championships - now it is November and the season has drawn to a close. Posted on 3 Nov 2019
Supernova Inlands at Northampton
A shifty wind for the 46 helms The 2019 Supernova Inland Championship made a welcome return to Northampton Sailing Club over the weekend of 7th and 8th September. Posted on 14 Sep 2019
70th Anniversary North West Norfolk Week
Unique event sees sailors visit all of the sailing clubs in the area This year saw the 70th Anniversary of North West Norfolk Week which took place from the 27th July through to the 3rd August. Posted on 2 Sep 2019
Supernovas at Girton
Noble Marine Travellers' Series event Considering the very wet weather forecast, the turnout of thirteen boats at the Noble Marine Traveller Series event at Girton Sailing Club on Saturday 27th July, including eight visitors, was as good as could be expected. Posted on 30 Jul 2019
Noble Marine Supernova Travellers at Bowmoor
32 helms visit the Cotswolds 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. Posted on 17 Jul 2019