Inland Championship

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Supernova Inland Championship

This year the Class returns to Blithfield SC and the club is determined to make the Supernova Class feel at home at Blithfield SC.

The Sailing Club is ideally situated in the Midlands off the A50 in Staffordshire with good access nationally.

The club will be open for arrivals from Friday 14th onwards mid to late pm for campers.

Registration will be available on Saturday morning along with breakfast throughout the event.

An evening meal is bookable at registration for Saturday night at £15 per cover; please give advance notice of special dietary requirements to phil.mason01@gmail.com.

The Class AGM will take place in the clubhouse on Saturday afternoon before the evening meal.

See you guys there.

The AGM Agenda is here

Report

2018 Supernova Inland Championship Race Report

The Supernova Inland Championships was held on the weekend of the 14th September
at Blithfield SC.

Race 1: Saturday saw a windier than expected start to the first race, with
Alex Horlock winning the pin end and leading the way from a tight pack of
Gibson, Bigg, Workman. These 5 pulled away, and as the wind dropped off the
RO shortened course at one on the windward legs, this caught out Milliner
dropping from 3 rd to 6th . It was a tight finish with the Race going to Horlock, then
Young and Gibson.
Race 2: The wind was still dropping, Gibson, Milliner and Steve Hawley sailed into
more pressure from the pin end and lead the way to the top mark. This was
followed by a long slow run the entire length of the reservoir enabling Young to
pull through back to 4th. The RO took pity and finished the fleet after only one
lap with the order unchanged.
Race 3: The pin end looked good again but as the wind veered Hawley and
Milliner showed how to sail yourself to the very back of the fleet, eventually
ending up almost last by then bottom mark whilst being joyfully serenaded by
Boltons Frank McMullen. The leaders were so far away I have no idea what
happened but I know it was slow going and again a very tight finish. Local sailor
Phil Mason took the win from Gibson and Horlock. With Young losing out several
places right on the line. This left Gibson at the top overnight with a very
consistent 3,1,2.


The class held their AGM and Blithfield laid on a lovely meal followed by some
entertaining drinking games. An early start saw a nice building breeze with the
RO setting a great course that gave opportunities for close racing.


Race 4: Milliner and Flitcroft broke away to lead at the top Mark. After much
discussion at the next mark Flitcroft went the wrong side and had a long way to
return. Milliner pulled away in a big gust on the reach for the win as the pack
fought for positions behind. As they crossed the line 2-4 were all together, with
Gibson grabbing second from Young on the line and Richard Lambert from Bough
Beech having a great race to come in 4th
Race 5: Milliner again popped out of the pack up the middle of the beat and held
a nice lead, followed by the pack. There were lots of opportunities to gain and
lose as the wind shifted around in the large gusts. Young and Biggs closed right
up on Milliner at the last bottom mark and made the last beat a leg busting
tussle. As the RO moved the committee boat for the finish it was Milliner who
chose the right end of the line just piping Young and Biggs.

Race 6: A big left shifton the first beat meant the port end starters lead the way around. There was a tight group of Young, Horlock, Gibson, Hawley, with Milliner back in the pack. Young and Horlock pulled away having their own close battle with the pack chasing hard. Milliner caught a nice shift on the left of the last beat to close right up on the battle at the front and managed to sail very low on the reach to split the pair. Again the finish was very tight with just a few metres in it. Young took the win from Milliner then Horlock.

With Young and Milliner tied on 12 points it was Milliner who took the title from
Young curtesy of having one more race win, with Gibson in third, Horlock 4 th and
Biggs 5 th . Everyone had a great weekends sailing and with every race going down
to the wire. The closeness of the racing shows the competitive nature of the class.


Cliff Milliner

Location: Blithfield SC

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