By Keith Roberts

Bolton Sailing Club hosted the Supernova Open on Saturday 28th April. Helms travelled from as far away as the North East and South Wales 13 boats took part in the competition with the host club entering five boats. The weather lived up to the forecast of bright conditions and a strengthening South Easterly wind with frequent strong gusts.

The first race was started from the committee boat on a short line, but all boats got away cleanly. There was a tight race at the front of the fleet between Mike Gibson (Bartley) and Tony Critchley (Bolton) closely followed by Ian Moodie (Bolton). The lead changed several times between Gibson and Critchley. However, by a quirk of fate the OOD shortened course and Critchley lost out to Gibson as they both tacked up the lake and the race finished. Ian Moodie took third place.

After lunch the wind had strengthened to a force 4 with gusts providing taxing but excellent sailing conditions. Tony Critchley dominated the second race leading by a country mile; the race for 2nd and 3rd places was hotly contested by Mike Gibson and Neil Boneham (Bartley). As the race finished Gibson snatched second place from Boneham.

The 3rd race was dominated by Tony Critchley, Mike Gibson, and Neil Boneham. Steve Hawley (Severn) entered the fray, with some very close racing and fast planing reaches, keeping the pressure on to the end. Critchley eventually got in front and held on to win, with Gibson close behind, and Hawley 3rd, Boneham 4th, Robinson 5th.

The overall results:

1st T. Critchley (Bolton SC)

2nd M. Gibson (Bartley Green SC)

3rd N. Boneham (Bartley Green SC)

4th S. Hawley (Severn SC)

5th I. Moodie (Bolton SC)

6th J. Robinson (Bolton SC)

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