The only way to sail in style!

The Supernova is a "one design" single handed sailing dinghy of 4.3 metres length with an 8 square metre fully-battened mylar sail ...

The only way to sail in style!

... It was originally designed and built by Mark Giles (Mk 1). After a redesign by Hartley Boats and Phil Morrison, the Supernova became stiffer as the Mark 2 with better flared hull and open transom ...

The only way to sail in style!

 ... Is is now built in epoxy (Mk2e) and is a stunning and popular boat, with a roomier and drier cockpit than a Laser.

The only way to sail in style!

The Class Association celebrated 25 years in 2021 and has a growing membership of active Supernova enthusiasts.

The only way to sail in style!

The Supernova class are very friendly, welcoming and helpful, a great family but a very competitive fleet.

Did you know the first supernova Sail Number 357 is still sailing. This boat came 4th in the 2016 Nationals at Llandudno!

Our events are very popular - we get over 120 entries for our National Championships. Also we now have both North and South Open events, with combined competition in the Midlands.

The ideal weight range is between 60 and 90kgs. It's easy to sail and righting the boat after a capsize is a breeze. We also have a small sail for those extra windy days.

Did you know that the Supernova suits both recreational and racing sailors. Although a 'one design' boat, you can upgrade 'non-major' components to suit your own preferences.

Our Class membership fees are great value at only £15 per year. You can join on this website and you don't even need to own a Supernova!

The hull shape gives you a stable but exciting ride, the side-decks are comfortable, tacking and gybing is easy. On the plane, the Supernova is even more exciting Smile

The only way to sail in style!

The Association offers free training at our Training days. You can also pick up free hints and tips on this website.

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Upcoming Events

Sea Champs 2024

Jun 1st, Saturday, 2024


We are looking forward to welcoming you all to Exmouth ON 1st June 2024 for this years Sea Championship. Exe Sailing Club are proud that you have chosen us to hold your Sea Championship and we hope the weather provides champagne sailing in Lyme Bay.


Please read the following that will help you upon arrival, during your time with us and departure after a great weekend of sailing, meeting friends and enjoying everything Exe Sailing Club and Exmouth have to offer.

TIMETABLE excluding Sailing information which can be found in the NoR and SIs.
Note timings maybe be affected by the racing launch and return.


Saturday 1st June 2024
Beer or Soft drink provided by the club as you come off the waterTea and cake for prize giving
Bar Open 1700 – 2230, hot pasties will be available.

Eligible competitors shall pre-enter, prior to 00.01hrs 25th May 2024, by completing the
online entry process on the Exe SC website

Entry can booked through this website from now until 25th May 2024. Late entries after 25th May will incur a £5 surcharge with entries taken at registration.

Direction, Arrival and Parking
Follow the road signs to Sea Front, 2nd roundabout take 2nd exit along the side of the rugby ground (Langerwehe Way) and take left fork in the road down Shelley Road.
By the club entrance one of our volunteers will direct you so we can take your boat on its road trailer to a holding area leaving you to park your car in one of the local car parks.
Important please be prepared to unload quickly to avoid any delays. It will help if you are coming with a partner if the driver deals with the car and the passenger goes with the boat to the holding area.
You will be allocated a berth for your boat and will be given a useable trolley tag with a berthing number which will align with your tally number. Attach the tag to your launch trolley.
Parking: Closes car park can be found at the end of Camperdown terrace and there are plenty of other car parks near the leisure centre and railway station opposite the Imperial Recreation Ground.

Changing Rooms and downstairs toilets will be open from 08:00 until 22:30
Outside area in front of the Preston Room can be used for eating and drinking, however our licence restricts the area and please do not take drinks into the car park or in front of the properties look over the club near the beach.
The club sits in a residential area and our licence requires that the outside is not used after 22:30 including the balcony.
If leaving the club later than 22:30 please keep the noise to a minimum. Please help us to maintain our good relationship with our neighbours.

If you do need bring valuables and you require secured storage you will be given a sealable plastic bag from the Beachmaster on which they will write: -Tally number; Sail number; Name; Telephone number. These bags are to be handed to the Beachmaster who will keep them in a storage box and place in a secure location. They should be collected from the Beachmaster afterwards. These bags should be retained by the Competitor for use throughout the competition."

There will be a general waste and recycling centre operating and the check-in team will advise you of its location when you arrive.

Kit reminder: please remember to bring your tow rope as per NoR (spinnaker or main sheet will not suffice).
Remember to bring sun cream, cap, and personal reusable water containers for afloat.

Please return your trolley label and cable tie to the box near the beachmaster tally board
When leaving, we will reverse the arrival process. Please prepare your boat ready to attach to your road trailer.
If you require further advice, please contact Nick Coombes on 07891014984.


Venue: Exe

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CraftInsure Northern Traveller Series Open Series

Jun 15th, Saturday, 2024

Winsford Flash SC has a strong and growing Supernova fleet, and enjoyed a 29 boat turnout at the event in 2023. Several members of the home fleet are actively engaged in the Traveller Series.

The club has a 90 Acre lake and is situated in the 'Cheshire Broads' so is an ideal challenge for inland sailors.

Camping for vans and tents is available on site.

Galley, bar and full shower and changing facilities will be available.

The club facilities are to a very good standard, and the club is experienced in hosting vibrant fleet open meetings.

Venue: Winsford Flash

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Jun 28th, Friday, 2024

Plas Heli is the Welsh national Sailing Centre.

A fabulous venue with a sheltered launching beech adjoining the idylic Cardigan bay sailing area.

Good on-site camping facilities for tents and campervans.

Good social event facilities on site, and many local beauty spots to visit on the famous Llyn Peninisula, including Abersoch, just a few miles away..


Venue: Plas Heli - Welsh National Sailing Centre

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Supernova Northern Training

Jul 20th, Saturday, 2024

The Northern Traveller Series Training event has been designed as a whole weekend 'Training, Social and Racing Getaway Break'.

Girton Sailing Club will welcome campers and campervans FOC from Friday pm onwards.

There is plenty of room for all, and the club offers electrical hookups, galley and bar facilities throughout the event weekend.

Training is on the Saturday, coached by Matt Thursfield, a keen Traveller Series competitor and 2022 National Champion.

Visitors are welcome to join in club Pursuit Racing on Friday evening, training on Saturday is to be followed by an evening social, and the Northern Traveller Series event is scheduled for the Sunday.

The training itinerary will be as follows:

Northern Series Class Coaching (open to all class members).

Matt Thursfield, 2022 National Champion will lead the coaching.

The exact content for the day is subject to change depending on the wind. But the timings will be as follows:
- 10:00 Briefing, rigged but not changed.
- Morning session will be based around rig set up to get the boat moving quickly in the conditions of the day.
- We will have a lunch break in the middle of the day to review the morning and form a plan for the afternoon.
- The afternoon session will be focused on boat handling skills to get the boat off the start line and around the course.
- The day will end with a debrief, hopefully with some video and time for a Q and A session.
- Aiming to wrap up by 17:00

Venue: Girton

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Craftinsure Northern Supernova Traveller Series Open

Jul 21st, Sunday, 2024

Girton Sailing Club is the host for a whole weekend 'Training, Social and Racing Getaway Break'.

GSC has a keen travelling and growing Supernova fleet.

Girton Sailing Club will welcome campers and campervans FOC from Friday pm onwards.

There is plenty of room for all, and the club offers electrical hookups, galley and bar facilities throuout the event weekend.

Training is on the Saturday; visitors are welcome to join in club Pursuit Racing on Friday evening, training on Saturday to be followed by an evening social, and the Northern Traveller Series event is scheduled for the Sunday 21st July 2024.

Venue: Girton

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Craftinsure Supernova North and South Traveller Series

Aug 17th, Saturday, 2024

Burton SC is a well loved, nationally central venue, with good facilities and great water. Camping and open meeting meal deal (breakfast bap, lunch and all day hot drinks) is available by pre-registration (paid for on the day at registration confirmation in person).

Burton Sailing Club is looking forward to welcoming the Supernova Class and their friends and followers again for hopefully another fantastic racing event.


Venue: Burton

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Supernova Inland Championship 2024

Aug 31st, Saturday, 2024

Blithfield SC is the Location for the Supernova Inland Championship starting on Saturday 31st August 2024 to Sunday 1st September 2024. Blithfield has a fabulous stretch of water in the Midlands with good access from most parts of the country.

Camping, galley and bar facilities will be available.

Venue: Blithfield

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Craftinsure Supernova North & South Traveller Series Open

Sep 14th, Saturday, 2024

The first of the new season 'joined at the hip' combined Northern and Southern Traveller event will be held at Ogston SC.

This iconic water has all the facilities and Open Meeting expertise to ensure a fabulous event.

Free camping available on the Friday and Saturday nights.


Venue: Ogston

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Craftinsure Combined (North ans South) Supernova Traveller Series Open

Sep 29th, Sunday, 2024

Chelmarsh SC has an excellent stretch of water and is situated in glorious Shropshire; near to Bridgenorth and Ironbridge, not to be missed by any travellers wishing to see a beautiful part of England.

This event has been re-scheduled due to windy weather earlier in the year.

As it is a 2024 Traveller Open, the Traveller awarding has been moved to this re-scheduled date for 2024. (Traveller awards will be held at the Inlands in future years).

This event wll not count for the 2025 Traveller Series.

As well as really good water the club has excellent facilities and offers a welcome second to none.

Camping is available on-site for tents and campervans.

The entry fee includes breakfast and lunch, plus all day hot drinks.

Please sign on for this event using the link below: 

Venue: Chelmarsh

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Supernova Southern Series Training Event

Oct 12th, Saturday, 2024

A Supernova Training Event with camping and Saturady night social.

The training will be led by Alistair Goodwin, the 2021 and 2023 Supernova National Champion.

Details to follow:

Venue: Haversham

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Craftinsure Supernova Southern Traveller Series Open

Oct 13th, Sunday, 2024

Haversham SC is a Southern Series Event, it is well placed and also counts, as do all Supernova Traveller Opens, towards the overall Traveller Series Championship results. So all are welcome to enjoy the cosy water, warm welcome and ample bar, galley and club facilities.

A social event is planned before the Traveller event on Saturday night. Food and hot drinks will be available at lunchtime and also from 0800 for the early arrivals. Camping on site is available the night before the event and can be booked on the entry form.


Venue: Haversham

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Oct 26th, Saturday, 2024

The Supernovas are back at Bowmoor to add to  the 2025 New Traveller Series. It’s a great inland venue with excellent facilities for both sailors and spectators.

Bowmoor will provide a highly experienced race team and local sailors at every level of experience, ensuring visitors will find somebody to race against. Free on site camping is available for those brave enough. (Please notify in advance).

For the 2025 season onwards, post Inlands events are defacto part of the following years Traveller Series.

Camping and Motorhome spaces are usually available by booking at registration.

Venue: Bowmoor

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