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Noble Marine Supernova Travellers at Bartley Sailing Club

by Simon Hardiman 2 Jul 2021 18:11 BST 20 June 2021

41 boats from 11 different clubs attended the Bartley SC Noble Marine Supernova Open on Sunday June 20th making it a record turnout for the club.

The forecast had looked unpromising during the week but as the day arrived so did the most important ingredient; some wind. Although grey and overcast the wind was a steady ENE force 2 to 3 throughout enabling race officer Simon Hardiman to set courses the length of the reservoir for the sailors to stretch their legs.

There was a slight delay to race 1 as the large fleet took a while to launch from the 2 slipways and sail to the start line enabling the early birds to pick out the wind shifts up the beat ahead of the start. The fleet were cleanly away first time with a procession of boats hitting the windward mark at the same time followed by a short reach to a spacer mark where helms had to balance the need for mark room with the need to sail high so as not to get lost in the fleet's wind shadow. Even as the fleet reached the end of the downwind leg there were boats 5 deep around the leeward mark making boat placement key. The Cotswold crew showed that local knowledge counted for nothing with Gavin Young taking the win from Cliff Milliner, with Stephen Hawley 3rd (Bartley) and veteran Andy Bownes (Bartley) in 4th.

Race 2 had the 41 boats lined up on the start line with 30 seconds to spare only for the wind to increase and push the whole fleet over when the gun sounded. After a swift regrouping the second start was successful and the boats set off on the mile long beat once more. This time ex-national champion Sam Knight (Bartley) pushed to the front of the fleet with Cliff Milliner 2nd and Matt Biggs 3rd (Bartley).

The fleet came in for lunch at Tilly's Galley before launching for the final race. With the mantra 'if is ain't broke don't fix it' the race officer kept the course with 2 beats, 2 reaches and 2 runs the same for race 3. Having been at the front end of the fleet all day Stephen Hawley finally pushed through to take the win from Sam Knight and Cliff Milliner.

With the first 4 helms separated by just 2 points it was clear just how close the days racing had been. In the end Sam Knight won with Stephen Hawley taking 2nd from Cliff Milliner on the low points scoring system. 1st Veteran was Andy Bownes, 1st Lady was Ellen Clancy (Cotswold), and first youth and Mk1 boat was Tom Williams (Bartley).

It was fantastic to see such a large and competitive fleet, thanks to all who travelled to support the event and good luck to all at the Nationals!

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3Pts
1st1192Sam KnightBartley SC‑6123
2nd1263Stephen HawleyBartley SC3‑414
3rd1245Cliff MillinerCotswold SC22‑34
4th1261Gavin YoungCotswold SC1‑745
5th1280Alex ReeveCotswold SC‑145611
6th1271Matt BiggsBartley SC93‑1012
7th1256Andy BownesBartley SC4‑11913
8th1239Chris BownesBartley SC‑109514
9th1257Mike GibsonBartley SC78‑1315
10th1184Garry ButterfieldBartley SC5‑171116
11th1224Chris HawleyBartley SC8‑10816
12th1246Tony CritchleyBolton SC‑1261218
13th1175Colin AndersonBlithfield SC‑2412719
14th1275Ian BartesBurton SC1613‑2029
15th1267Jeremy HigsonBartley SC15(DNF)1530
16th442Tom WilliamsBartley SC‑21191433
17th1141Ellen ClancyCotswold SC‑19141933
18th1073Sean RickettsBartley SC‑18161834
19th1223Jon PebodyHunts SC1124‑3035
20th444Mark ReddingtonBartley SC13(DNF)2235
21st1254Tony BleasdaleGirton SC‑29201636
22nd1277Doug RankinBlithfield SC1721‑2338
23rd1241Dave WatkinsChase SC22‑251739
24th1161Dan RuleCarsington SC‑28182442
25th1231Phil TaylorBartley SC‑23222143
26th1054Neil BonehamBartley SC20‑262545
27th1083Serena StewardsonEmberton Park SC‑32153146
28th1127Jason McDonnellBartley SC‑30232851
29th427Megan HardimanBartley SC25‑322651
30th1124Colin RickettsBartley SC26‑292955
31st1139Dana ChurchNottingham SC2728‑3655
32nd1180David StephenBartley SC‑36332760
33rd1167Stuart StephenBartley SC3130‑3261
34th1074Richard WilliamsBartley SC‑35273562
35th1185John HumanEmberton Park SC3331‑3464
36th1282Gareth BlakemoreBartley SC34‑363367
37th1225Ken SaundersBartley SC3734(DNF)71
38th1283Giles Horwitch‑SmithBartley SC‑38353772
39th652Jason ThornileyEmberton Park SC‑39373875
40th472John WilliamsEmberton Park SC‑40383977
41st598Mike GriffthsEmberton Park SC‑41394079

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