Craftinsure Traveller Combined Event (Northern and Southern) Series 2022

The first combined Traveller Series Event of 2022 (In both the North and South Series) is at one of the core class clubs, Bartley SC.

Bartley SC hosts one of the largest fleets of the Supernova Class and so the turnouts and competion are always top drawer..

The large water allows classic courses and the club is very accessible from the M5 and M42.

The club also has excellent galley and club house facilities.








It was a fantastic turnout of 33 boats at the Craftinsure Traveller Series event at Bartley SC, including 18 visitors joining a strong home fleet.. The sun shone and the wind was kind to us, making up for previous weeks. Conditions were ideal with helms travelling from all over the country for the first combined Northern and Southern Traveller event of 2022.



Race 1

Cliff Milliner and Mike Gibson took an early lead followed by Will Gifford and Chris Hawley, but with Gifford capsizing and Hawley suffering gear failure Milliner and Gibson gained an uncatchable lead. It finished that way with Jonathan Carter showing great skill from the the newly emerging Chelmarsh fleet to come in for 3rd.


Race 2

The fleet stayed out for this race to take advantage of the breeze, and with a quick course change, all was set. Gifford had a great start and led for some time before Milliner reeled him in. Jeremy Higson and Garry Butterfield also had good starts and led the rest of the pack around, but right at the end Steve Hawley found a gap to pass Higson. Milliner crossed in 1st followed by Gifford and Steve Hawley 3rd.


Race 3

The fleet was getting keen and the majority of the fleet was early resulting in the first and only general recall of the day. The wind started to ease and the course became patchy. This time it was John Knight first to the windward mark, but Milliner soon passed him. Pete Coop and Chris Hawley were not going to let Milliner get away and Coop applied pressure throughout the race. Steve Hawley found some late speed to take Chris Hawley on the penultimate leg. Milliner was 1st, Coop 2nd and then Steve Hawley in third place.



Racing was competitive throughout the fleet, and with very pleasant sailing conditions and good galley and bar facilities, everyone had a great day.


Thanks to Steve Ward who was race officer and the Bartley ILCA fleet for supporting the event.


1st Cliff Milliner, Cotswold

2nd Steve Hawley, Barltey

3rd Will Gifford, Cotswold

4th Pete Coop, Winsford Flash

1st Lady Serena Stewardson, Emberton Park

1st Master Jonathan Carter, Chelmarsh

1st Veteran Pete Coop, Winsford Flash


Report by Steve Hawley

Photos by David Bibby


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