CraftInsure Traveller Southern Series 2022 and Supernova Spring Championship
The 2022 Noble Marine Traveller Southern Series begins on the 12th March at Cotswold Sailing Club.
Due to the weather resulting in the cancellation of the Winter Champs at Bowmoor this event at Cotswold SC has been re-designated as also a National Spring Championship, with prizes to be awarded for both events on the day.
Cotswold is a great venue and the home club of the 2021 Nationals winning team, so top competition is guaranteed.
Bring your own beverages if anything stronger than tea and coffee is required but be assured, the welcome, food and refreshment at the club, will be excellent.
The club can be open for Friday night campervan and camping / boat drop off arrivals; please direct your access queries to: Cliff Milliner 07899 940872, [email protected]
The club is 10 minutes away from The Cotswolds so consider combining a top sailing event with sight-seeing in one of the UKs most picturesque locations. Cirencester is a wonderful local town, well worth visiting by day or night!
A good turnout of 22 Supernovas for the combined Craft Insure Cotswold SC Open and Spring Championship.
A new format of 3 back to back races due to COVID went down well with the weather gods playing ball with everything from a cold rainy 20knts to balmy sunny 8knts with lots of shifts as the clouds came and went.
First to the windward mark in race 1 was Cotswold newcomer Will Gifford, followed by Cliff Milliner, Steve Hawley and Gavin Young. Milliner got passed Gifford on the run and gave then a tight cover upwind. These 2 pulled away for the 1,2 with Hawley having a good tussle with Young for 3rd.
Gifford led at the windward mark again showing good height and speed, followed closely for the first 2 laps by Young, Hawley, Reeve and Milliner. The shifts and gusts gave lots of passing opportunities up and downwind. In the end Milliner pulled into the lead from Hawley, with Young in 3rd
A course change with more reaches and gybes was set, as the wind strengthened, with stronger gusts, catching a lot of the fleet out for a swim at some point. Hawley lead at the first mark, with Matt Williams, Young and Gifford following closely. Milliner pulled through downwind and extended into a big lead as Williams then Young capsized to let Hawley have a secure 2nd with Gifford taking 3rd.
The RO did a great job of turning the races around quickly and as the fleet came ashore they were greeted with hot soup and the plenty of cake for the prize giving.