Noble Marine Travellers Trophy (TT)
The Travelling Supernova Fleet decends on the fabulous Bowmoor SC for training and the last chance of a big fleet event before the Inlands.
The very reasonable £15 entry fee includes a breakfast roll and hot drink after registration and a hot lunch.
Early arrival camping is available by prior arrangement from 5pm onwards on Thursday 30th (for those wanting to be on site for the Class training day on the 31st) - please contact Pete Bingham (Class Secretary) using Info @ supernovadinghy.org
The club will be open for general arrivals from 9.30am on Friday 31st.
Report by Chris Hobbs – Supernova Fleet Captain at Bowmoor
32 Supernovas entered the Noble Marine-sponsored Supernova Travellers Open at Bowmoor SC – 17 had expert training on gybing and rules clarification the previous day at the Class training day. It was good to see such a strong turnout in pleasant sunny conditions with a light and shifty south easterly.
After bacon rolls and breakfast tea, Tom Whittingham, the race officer for the day, set a course with a variety of windward legs and some long reaches from a Committee boat start. Two back to back races in the morning gave tight battles throughout the fleet. In R1 after a clean start, boats constantly changed positions as the wind fluctuated in direction and strength. It was Cliff Milliner who eventually established a lead and went onto to win with fellow Cotswold sailor Gavin Young 2nd , Mike Gibson (‘Mr Consistent’ from Bartley) in 3rd followed by fellow Bartley sailor and Class Chairman Chris Hawley 4th, and Comet Trio National Champion Bob Horlock (Exe) in 5th.
Race 2 got underway with a very similar feel apart from this time top spot went to Alex Horlock (2017 National Champion) from Exe SC and Mike Gibson (Bartley) taking 2nd with Gavin Young from Cotswold SC 3rd. Race 1 leader Cliff Milliner made a 6th place. At the end of Race 2, six sailors could theoretically take top prize, so all to play for.
This was the last Open after 40 years that the Bowmoor ‘Pat and Stan galley’ was going to service (due to retirement) so we all enjoyed a ‘last supper lunch’. Race Officer Tom reset the course as the wind shifted Southerly (still shifty though). At the front an epic tussle between Gavin Young and Cliff Milliner finally gave Gavin his 1st, Cliff 2nd, and Steve Hawley (Bartley) 3rd, followed by Mike Gibson 4th and Alex Horlock 5th.
1st - Gavin Young (Cotswold SC)
2nd - Cliff Milliner (Cotswold SC)
3rd - Mike Gibson (Bartley SC)
1st Lady - Ellen Clancy (Cotswold SC) also finishing 11th overall
1st Veteran – Bob Horlock (Exe SC)
Many thanks to Tom Whittington and all his duty team at Bowmoor SC
Location: Bowmoor SC