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CraftInsure Northern and Southern Supernova Traveller Series at Blithfield Sailing Club

by Paul Keeling 1 Aug 03:23 PDT 29 July 2023
CraftInsure Northern and Southern Supernova Traveller Series at Blithfield © Dave Pawlak

Blithfield Sailing Club hosted their round of the Supernova Craftinsure Traveller series on the 29th July 2023. The forecast for the day was for a fresh westerly breeze and a bit of sunshine, perfect for Blithfield.

Twenty competitors set out for the start of Race 1 which began almost on time after some quick mark and line moving as the breeze settled from south west to more of the forecast westerly direction. The race team set a course attempting to use every inch of sailable water on Blithfield.

Matt Thursfield led around the windward mark closely followed by Alex Reeve and Andy Flitcroft, the places stayed close on the first run but began to open out by the end of the second beat. By the end of the race Matt had built a comfortable lead to take the win followed by Alex and Andy into second and third places respectively.

The breeze built substantially through Race 1 causing some spectacular capsizes and leading to a few retirements.

The fleet retired for a super curry lunch prepared by our in-house chef!

The now reduced fleet had requested slightly shorter races for the afternoon so the race team obliged, dropping one windward leg from the course and adding an extra (hopefully) exciting reach.

Matt Thursfield took the win in Race 2 followed again by Alex and Andy, meaning Matt had the meeting sewn up but the battle for second was still to play for.

Race 3 started in less wind and Matt became buried in the pack. Andy led around the windward mark, closely followed by Alex and these two boats extended away in their own private battle followed by Blithfield's own Julian Basset in a comfortable third place. The race finished with Andy taking the win meaning that Alex finished with three second places but came third!

Additional prizes were kindly sponsored by Hartley boats. Following an exciting day winner Matt Thursfield thanked the Blithfield team for their fantastic hospitality, great courses, and warm and friendly welcome, both on and offshore.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3Pts
1st1302Matt ThursfieldChelmarsh11‑52
2nd1264Andy FlitcroftBolton‑3314
3rd1280Alex ReeveCotswold‑2224
4th1066Julian BassettBlithfield‑5538
5th1160Paul UndrellCotswold44‑68
6th1032Marcus ShawGirton6‑7410
7th1189Tom ChadfieldBlithfield76(DNS)13
8th1130Ed JohnsonGirton‑108715
9th1157Wouter SwinnockBlithfield(RET)11819
10th1277Doug RankinBlithfield8(RET)1119
11th1256Paul BurtonGirton9‑101019
12th1139Dana ChurchNotts SC(RET)12921
13th1059Ady DavisGirton(RET)91322
14th1234Nick WhilesGirton11‑141223
15th1272Andrew Goodman‑SmithAttenborough1213(DNS)25
16th1241Frank LaffertyWinsford Flash13‑151427
17th1328Rob SwinnockBlithfield14(DNS)DNS29
18th1270Alastair ReidBlithfield(RET)DNSDNS32
18th1254Tony BleasdaleGirton(RET)DNSDNS32
18th1251Andrew MellorBlithfield(DNS)DNSDNS32

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