Noble Marine Travellers Trophy (TT)
The Hunts SC Noble Marine Traveller Series Open follows on from the class training. This popular South Eastern event is a firm favourite of many and generally enjoys a competitive turnout. Camping is available Thursday and Friday evening; See the NOR for event and contact details.
Noble Marine Supernova Travellers at Hunts Sailing Club
by Tony Bleasdale 20 April 2019
The 13 Supernova helms who attended the excellent class training on the 19th were boosted up to a fleet of 19 for The Hunts SC Nobel Marine Supernova Traveller Series Open held on the 20th April. The forecast was for a shifty breeze that fluctuated throughout the day, creating some very testing conditions.
For the first race before lunch the Race Officer set out a wide ranging course taking in a good part of the lake and set 10 laps intending to shorten if the breeze proved not up to the job. It wasn't and eventually four laps were completed. Matt Biggs had got away cleanly and led from start to finish but Tony Critchley and Gavin Young were sometimes caught from behind by the chasing pack due to the unpredictable and random nature of the pressure and shifts. Eventually these two made a break and Young took second with Critchley third. Garry Butterfield came out on top of the duel with Tony Bleasdale to mark up a 4th place.
A hearty lunch was followed by two races back to back.
Race 2 and it was a similar story, Bleasdale got a great start but was soon reeled in and overtaken by Biggs, who was from then on unassailable. There were many place changes but a following pack of Butterfield, Colin Anderson, Critchley and Young broke away from the floundering main fleet. With a few legs to go Bleasdale managed to reel these in and moved into fourth with Critchley second and Butterfield third, Bleasdale then promplty lost out in the confusion of crossing the line when lapped boats were being given early finish sound signals. Those still concentrating were Critchley who held on to second, Butterfield who bagged third and Anderson regained fourth closely followed by Young in fifth.
The Race Officer decided to reset for the last race so the fleet ambled about in the fluctuating and dying breeze. Matt Biggs had his two bullets and made an early start on packing his boat away. A new shorter course was set and second and third podium places were still up for grabs for a handful of sailors. After another hour of shifty light wind and position shuffling Tony Critchley came out on top, with Garry Butterfield second and Colin Anderson third beating Gavin Young into fourth place.
Many Thanks to all at Hunts SC for hosting another fantastic Class Training and Open event.
First: Matt Biggs, Blithfield SC
Second: and first Veteran Tony Critchley, Bolton SC
Third: Garry Butterfield, Bartley SC
Location: Hunts SC