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Noble Marine Supernova Travellers Series Open at Hunts Sailing Club

by Tony Bleasdale 1 Nov 2021 11:58 PDT 30 October 2021
Supernova Travellers at Hunts © Sally Bleasdale

It was a windy weather forecast, reducing turnout of 13 Supernovas, including 3 local sailors and 10 visitors, plus a modest fleet of Lightning 368s at the Hunts SC, re-scheduled, late season, combined open.

Competitors were greeted with a challenging 16 gusting 27 knots of squally breeze when surveying the lake at the race briefing. Luckily this reduced by actual launch time, to more like the forecast 14 gusting 24 knots, although one or two of the signed on competitors sat out the first race start, saving themselves for the after lunch promised amelioration of conditions.

Race Officer Colin Hall carried out a thorough race briefing and set an ideal course given the strong gusty wind conditions, and most got away cleanly for the first race start, with one or two struggling with the conditions.

Local sailor, Jon Pebody, and Richard Lambert (Bough Beech), plus Nick Whiles (Girton SC) and Steve Jellicoe (Olton Mere) got away to lead the fleet towards the windward mark.

Jon Pebody led for much of the race, but the Race Officer had related a full hour of sailing competition, so plenty of laps ensued. Richard managed to fight through into first place with a leg or so to go. Final result was Richard Lambert first, Jon Pebody second and Nick Whiles third, with Steve Jellicoe from Olton Mere SC showing some high wind quality to take fourth place.

After a hearty Hunts SC lunch, the sailors went back out into a variable but definitely less challenging 8 - 12 gusting 19 knots of breeze and occasional full sunshine for the start of the afternoon's sailing.

The start of the second race was preceded by some mark position adjustments by the Race Officer.

Richard Lambert and Jon Pebody led off the line with Martin Burgess (Bough Beech SC) and Tony Bleasdale (Girton SC) close behind around the windward mark. In hot pursuit were Nick Whiles and Steve Jellicoe. The breeze still had a few gusty surprises that led to a few capsizes on the course, plus a few place changes on the way, not to mention some warming work for the safety boat crews. Second race result, 1st Richard Lambert, 2nd Jon Pebody, 3rd Martin Burgess.

Race 3 began on the same reset course and although Richard had the event title secure, he was still competing for a third bullet. Tony Bleasdale was keen to get a podium position so a front of fleet battle ensued. After a few place changes Richard came out on top with Tony in second and Steve Jellicoe led the following fleet home in third.

Richard Lambert took the overall win, Jon Pebody second then Tony Bleasdale in 3rd. Serena Stweardson was first lady in 9th overall.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3Pts
1st1166Richard LambertBough Beech SC‑1112
2nd1223Jon PebodyHunts SC22‑54
3rd1254Tony BleasdaleGirton SC‑7426
4th1009Steve JellicoeOlton Mere SC4‑637
5th1234Nick WhilesGirton SC3‑547
6th1202Martin BurgessBough Beech SC53‑68
7th1107Steve LaneHunts SC6‑7713
8th1236Paul SchofieldHunts SC‑99817
9th1083Serena StephensonEmberton Park SC‑118917
10th1196Mike GriffithsEmberton Park SC8(DNS)1018
11th652Jason ThornileyEmberton Park SC(DNS)101121
12th1195Ian WhiteEmberton Park SC1011‑1221
13th691Paul BickleyOlton Mere SC(DNS)DNSDNS28

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