CraftInsure Traveller Southern Series Open 2023

The 2023 CraftInsure Traveller Southern Series begins on Saturday 11th March at Cotswold Sailing Club.

Cotswold is a great venue and the home club of the top 3 placed winning team at the 2022 Inland Nationals, 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: [email protected] or the club phone number on the event poster.

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!


The Craftinsure Supernova Travellers Event at Cotswold SC

Photo: Imi Milliner

The Craftinsure Supernova Travellers Event at Cotswold SC was held on the 11th March. Despite the forecast looking dreadful all week, and many regulars unable to collect their boats or travel due to the snow, in the end we were lucky to have a cold but not freezing 8-12ks from the south, blowing directly down the lake and 8 visitors braving the journey.

Race officers David Hanson and Alex Fastnedge took advantage of the favourable wind direction and set a nice long beat with a variety of runs and reaches to get back down the lake. We were very grateful to the eight visiting sailors who bolstered a large home fleet to make a nice fleet of 17 Supernovas.

In race 1 Milliner lead at the windward mark closely followed by Gifford, and these two resumed their battle from the recent Winter championships, with Milliner clamping a close cover on everywhere Gifford went. Taking the advantage of the unfolding head to head Young pulled up behind them in 3rd. Just as Milliner looked to be pulling away on the last lap, Gifford and Young closed up on the run and all 3 were overlapped at the bottom of the run. The excitement of the close match, combined with a nice big gust left Milliner and Young capsized at the mark! This gave Gifford room to pass though into the lead, which he held to the finish, followed by Milliner then Young.

Photo: Imi Milliner

After the traditional nice warm cup of soup, and chilli lunch the fleet ventured out for races 2 and 3.

At the first mark of Race 2 Young just squeezed ahead of the pack coming in from the left on a nice shift, with Gifford, Matt Williams and Hawley close behind. Williams showed great upwind speed to take the lead, but as they all fought on the right hand side of the beat, Milliner a few boat lengths back picked up the shift of the day to squeeze around the second windward mark in the lead. Every one of the frontrunners shared the lead at some point, and in the end it was Gifford using his superior upwind speed to pull a few lengths clear. Milliner threw a handful of tacks to try to force a mistake as they approached the line, but Gifford held on to win from Milliner, Williams and Young.

Race 3 was much like the other 2, very close at the front and all through the fleet. At the pointy end it was Milliner and Young battling for the lead with Williams, Hanson and Gifford following. Milliner and Young traded the lead several times until Young joined the shifts upwind best to sneak into the lead,which he was never going to give up. This gave the race win to Young, followed by Milliner and Gifford (taking it a bit easy) in 3rd.

During Prizegiving all the sailors feasted on the epic Cotswold tea and cakes. Overall it was great to see Will Gifford take his first Supernova event win, and he has everyone pondering where he gets his upwind speed and height from. Young took second thanks to his last race win, relegating Milliner to third.

Photo by Imi Milliner

The home fleet took all of the top 5 places, and first Mark 1 boat very well helmed by Doug White in 8th. First veteran was Higson from Bartley in 9th.

A great day was had by all with close battles through the fleet and the visitors appreciative of the Cotswold hospitality. Thanks to everyone who took part and who made the effort to travel despite the horrendous conditions.

Location: Cotswold SC

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