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Craftinsure Supernova Northern Travellers' Series at Bolton Sailing Club

by Chris Caton & Chris Hawley 4 Oct 2023 11:35 PDT 30 September 2023

Saturday 30 September saw the Supernova fleet taking their annual outing to Bolton Sailing Club for the Craftinsure Northern Travellers event.

Bolton is home to one of the strongest Supernova fleets in the country and despite the overcast morning eight visiting boats (from as far away as Girton, the Cotswolds and others from Glossop, Delph and Bartley) attended to challenge the eleven home boats. With some of the Bolton regulars unable to attend it was a wide open event.

As the foggy start cleared the fleet was greeted with light to moderate winds for the first two races then strong and gusty for the final race.

Race 1 - It was all down the start - as throughout the race positions hardly changed with the first six boats keeping the same positions for all 3 laps. It was local hero Tony Critchley that dominated winning the race decisively. Alex Reeve from Cotswold coming home in second and Bolton's Andy Flitcroft in third.

Race 2 - This race was a contrast to the first with positions throughout the fleet changing regularly. It was visiting boat (and Northern Travellers series winner) Steve Hawley from Bartley who led through the race, but was reeled in by Tony on the last run to take line honours. Andy taking third again.

As the wind increased 2 boats retired.

Race 3 - This was the most exciting race with strong, gusty winds which resulted in positions changing regularly. There were several capsizes across the fleet, at one stage there were two boats capsized and locked together. A number of boats were caught head to wind in the gusts and had to demonstrate the backwards sailing technique.

Steve was in sixth position at the first mark but managed to avoid the mayhem and showed great boat speed to take the win. Chris Aubrey steered his Mark1 well to take second and for the third time it was Andy in third.

Final Positions - Tony Critchley first, Steve Hawley second and a tie for third position with three sailors on 6 points. On count-back Chris Aubrey got the nod.

Thanks to Bolton for hosting and to the sailors who took part.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3Pts
1st1246Tony CrithleyBolton Sc11(DNF)2
2nd1263Steve HawleyBartley SC‑5213
3rd709Chris AubreyBolton SC4‑526
4th1280Alex ReeveCotswold SC2‑446
5th1264Andy FlitcroftBolton SC‑3336
6th1125Corin BamfordBolton SC‑66511
7th1106lan ThompsonBolton SC8‑12614
8th1322Dave MorrisGlossop SC77‑814
9th1156Matt WatkissBolton SC10‑11717
10th1146Noah KhawarBolton SC‑1281018
11th1127Phil NorthGirton SC9‑151322
12th1115Kevin BandBolton SC11‑131223
13th1256Paul BurtonGirton SC15‑16924
14th1254Tony BleasdaleGirton SC1410(DNF)24
15th1301Paul MercerBolton SC13‑141124
16th479Roger PrinceBolton SC169(DNF)25
17th576Billy StonecliffeBolton SC1917(DNS)36
18th1242Gary StephensonDelph SC17(DNF)DNS37
19th1183Mike LilleyGlossop SC18(DNF)DNS38

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