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Craftinsure Supernova Traveller Series at Bartley Sailing Club

by Steve Hawley 31 Mar 15:21 PDT 26 March 2023

It was a wet and cold start to the day, but Bartley was pleased to welcome 30 helms from across the country to this ever popular open meeting. Could any of them beat the local fleet of Supernovas - the current holders of the national team prize?

After a hearty breakfast bap, the weather had dried up which no doubt pleased race officer Elliot Rose who was out setting an excellent course with a good mix of beats, runs and reaches. The gusty F4 wind down the lake would definitely test the hiking abilities of the competitors.

Race 1

The Cotswold crowd, Milliner, Gifford and Reeve got away strongly, but local boat Eeles had a flying start and kept the pressure on. Gifford and Milliner pulled away to create an unassailable gap. Reeve and Eeles were caught by Flitcroft who had quietly worked his way through the fleet.

In the heat of the battle Eeles capsized which allowed Reeve and Hanson through.

In the end it was Milliner who won the race followed by Gifford, Reeve, Hanson and Flitcroft.

Race 2

Gifford and Milliner got clear away again leaving a hard fought battle for third place with places being changed regularly. Eeles looked likely to take third, but the Hawley brothers came through with Eeles just holding off Higson who had been chasing hard the whole way through.

Milliner took first again despite significant pressure from Gifford who was second, next was C Hawley, S Hawley, Reeve and Flitcroft.

Race 3

Gifford took a massive lead off the line and it looked like no one would be able to challenge him, however you should never say never and Milliner worked his way towards the front (yet again!). For the third time of the day, Gifford and Milliner disappeared over the horizon and the battle for third heated up.

It was Hanson who established a solid position in third, with Church (who was having a fantastic race) holding fourth for the majority of the time. Higson, Reeve and S Hawley were working hard and the pressure was on.

Milliner took his third bullet of the day followed by Gifford with his third second, then came Hanson, S Hawley, Reeve and Higson.

Overall, Milliner took the overall win with three firsts, but this doesn't reflect the dog fight with Gifford across the whole day which could easily have seen a different outcome.

In the end it was domination from the visiting Cotswold helms who all showed excellent boat speed with them taking the top four places. S Hawley being the first home boat in fifth.

The closeness of the racing at the front of the fleet was echoed all the way through the 30 competitors. Everyone had a dogfight of sorts and there were some big smiles indicating a thoroughly great day sailing in this very friendly fleet.

Thanks to Elliot Rose and the race management team for making the event a success and to all the visitors who supported the event and the Craftinsure Travellers events over the year.

Many thanks to Bartley and the team - events like this don't run themselves.

Overall Results:

PosFleetSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3Pts
1stStandard1245Cliff MillinerCotswold‑1112
2ndStandard1299Will GiffordCotswold‑2224
3rdStandard1218Hugo HansenCotswold4‑737
4thMaster1280Alex ReeveCotswold3‑558
5thStandard1263Stephen HawleyBartley‑7448
6thMaster1264Andrew FlitcroftBolton56‑911
7thStandard0Chris HawleyBartley103(DNS)13
8thVeteran1267Jeremy HigsonBartley8‑10614
9thMaster1257Howard EelesBartley68‑1214
10thVeteran1203Steve JohnsonCotswold‑179817
11thVeteran1139Dana ChurchNotts(DNF)12719
12thStandard1275Iain Barlow 911‑1320
13thVeteran1234Nick WhilesGirton13‑141023
14thVeteran1160Paul UndrellCotswold12‑171123
15thMaster1228Steve JellicoeOlton Mere‑16131528
16thVeteran1171Mark MeadowsTeesdale15‑251429
17thStandard1073Josh OatesBartley1415(DNF)29
18thStandard1032Paul BurtonGirton1119‑2030
19thVeteran1167Neil BonehamBartley‑24181634
20thStandard1180David StephenBartley‑18161834
21stVeteran1045Dave PennockBartley21(DNF)1738
22ndVeteran1305Stuart StephenBartley‑22201939
23rdStandard1283Giles Horwitch‑SmithBartley1921(DNS)40
24thMaster1269James PatersonBartley20‑232242
25thMaster1282Gareth BlakemoreBartley2322‑2445
26th 1083Serena StewardsonEmberton Park(DNS)262147
27thVeteran1225Ken SaundersBartley‑25242347
28thStandard1021Daniel BoddiceBartley(DNF)272552
29thMaster1239David CannCardiff Bay(DNC)DNCDNC62
29thStandard1124Colin RickettsBartley(DNF)DNSDNS62

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