The Hartley Boats Supernova National Championships
The Supernova Nationals 2023 return to the ever popular South Coast riviera venue.
The club traditionally uses 'The Green' for boat and trailor storage, which is just 50-100 metres from the Tor bay launching area. Parking for campervans is on Eastern Esplanade, adjacent to The Green.
There are many wonderful South Coast places to visit, like Torquay, Brixham and Dartmouth.
Hartley Boats Supernova National Championship at Paignton Sailing Club - Overall
by Chris Hawley 3 Jul 16:55 BST 30 June - 2 July 2023
Top 5 in the Supernova Nationals at Paignton © Chris Hawley
Paignton Sailing Club was once again host to one of the largest fleets of single handed dinghy - the Supernova National Championships - which took place on 30 June, 1 and 2 July.
As expected the team at Paignton were phenomenal all the way through the event, from the beach crew, the mark layers, the safety crew (boy were they needed!) right through to the PRO Ian Bullock. The Supernova fleet will be back for sure and encourage any classes out there looking for a top flight club to host your event to get in touch with the Paignton team.
The Class Association also want to thank the team at Hartley Boats for once again supporting the event with entry vouchers.
Finally, thanks to the Class Association organising team, of Matt Thursfield and the Committee, steered by our Chairman Iain Barlow.
The report below focuses on the front of the fleet, but Championship isn't just about the winners, it is about all of the competitors. We spoke to Stuart Stephen who was 62nd overall and he had this to say:
"I always enjoy the Supernova Nationals. This year the wind was a little stronger than I'm comfortable with - providing a bit of a challenge - but it's always good to be stretched! I particularly enjoy the friendly attitude of the class as a whole and particularly at the nationals from the moment you step into the boat park there are lots of smiles renewing old friendships and starting new ones. The theme continues over the weekend whenever you wander into the boat part or the local pubs, restaurants or cafes you are sure to find someone with a Supernova t-shirt to talk to. The Commodore's reception is a great event with everyone getting together to share a meal and hash over the day's sailing - all the highs and lows. On Saturday night we had a table booked for twelve at a local restaurant and had great food, drink and camaraderie (my excuse for Sunday's results) with a great group of sailors from 4 clubs. It truly is a "family" event - I've already booked my accommodation for the 2024 nationals at Plas Heli."
With most of the 94 strong fleet arriving the day before the event started there was an air of excitement on "the green" with lots of people catching up with old friends and getting the latest on tweaks to rigging. The gold fleet were meeting their buddy groups and trying to share a few pointers for the on the water onslaught that would follow.
After some bimbling the fleet benefitted from an excellent rules session from multiple national champion Cliff Milliner and a tactical session from 2018 national champion (and current RS400 national champion) Sam Knight - what a collaborative bunch we all are.
The day dawned with 25 degrees, wall to wall sun and a steady 10-12 knot offshore breeze (actually it didn't - this is just what the author was hoping it would be!). What we got was rain, a cold fresh 17+ knot breeze, but at least it was offshore so the pondies could feel more at home.
3 gate starts were planned for the day and these were successfully executed by the race team and the Supernova fleet who are very at home with this type of start. The gusts were pretty strong at times and by the end of the day there were lots of tired legs, even more so after the long beat back to the shore.
Racing wise, it was 3 bullets for 2021 national champion, and class coach, Alistair Goodwin, three 2nds for Sam Knight and two 3rds for Cliff Milliner. Taking the missing third for the day was Hartley Boats super-pro Eden Hyland.
In the evening the fleet experienced the hospitality of the club with a tasty curry served at the Commodore's reception. THis proved a great forum to allow the sailors to share war stories. It was great to see how the different mini competitions were shaping up through the fleet. I found there were the same 2 boats near to me at the finish pretty much all day, regardless of whether I'd had a good first beat or not. Proof that you don't need to be at the front of the fleet to have great competitive racing.
Day 2 was meant to be the "windy day". With 4 races planned it was definitely the day to ask for double servings of breakfast.
Sam Knight being one of the lightest in the fleet at under 70kgs no doubt feeling the 30+ kgs he was giving away to the heavier sailors could be a problem. Spoiler alert - it wasn't - the Supernova really does have an incredible competitive weight range.
The draw of the Supernova nationals keeps people coming back. Two such sailors were Bolton Sailing Club's Alex Hagan-Collins and Peter (RS300 chairman) Mackin. It was great to see these guys back for the event, and we hope they turn up again. We think Alex might, as on day 2 he remembered how to steer the boat and won the first race of the day. Gavin Young was 2nd and Sam Knight 3rd.
Race 5 was another line start and I had the "pleasure" of starting right next to Cliff Milliner - seeing Cliff's hiking and work rate going upwind was a sign to me he really wanted to get a race win. Well he kept up the pace and took line honors. Followed by Gavin Young then defending national champion Matt Thursfield.
Race 6 was back to gate starts and we saw Mike Critchley lead the fleet out well. In the freshening breeze a very difficult chop had developed which caught out the less experienced sailors, and many of the experienced ones too. Cliff Milliner revelled in the conditions with another win, followed by Sam Knight and then the ever consistent Gavin Young.
With many sailors already ashore, and very busy rescue teams, the continued wind increase led the race team to call an end to the day's proceedings and send the remaining fleet ashore.
When the results were totted up, it turned out that Sam Knight had moved into the overall lead spot, with Cliff Milliner and Alistair Goodwin tied just one point behind. Impressive given Sam missed race 5 due to a failed halyard.
With our vibrant pink event t-shirts it was easy to spot the Supernova sailors recovering in the many bars of Paignton.
The forecast was looking a bit more tempered, even the PRO thought it would be a "softer" day. With 4 races planned, some of the sailors who had been using smaller sails decided to switch back to the big sail. What a mistake this was, by the end of the day the wind had continued to build and race 10 ended up being the breeziest of the whole event.
As well as being stronger than expected, it also seemed to be incredibly shifty. There were plenty of zero to hero moments and epic mistakes. Personally, I found it unproductive to capsize 2 metres from the finish and lose 10 places (2 overall) - note to self the mast does not count when it crosses the line first!
Race 7 was held in a lighter breeze, with a mahoosive shift coming in to favour those who had started early - with them reaching in to the windward mark. Amongst that group was Alistair Goodwin, who showed everyone a clean pair of heels and took a comfortable win. Cliff Milliner 2nd and Gavin Young 3rd. Sam having an unusually challenging race (for him) and finished 12th.
Race 8 was another gate start in slightly lighter breeze and Alistair managed to carry on his form from race 7 and take another win. Eden Hyland found his groove and finished 2nd and then Cliff Milliner 3rd. It was looking like Cliff or Alistair for the overall win, but never say never and with 2 line starts to go it was still wide open. Special mention to Sean Ricketts - he was on for 1st to the windward mark in race 8 but snapped his mast in two! Somehow Sean managed to make it ashore rig up a spare mast (thanks Dad Colin) and get back to the start in time for race 9.
What we didn't expect at this point was a monster front coming through, making it Windy (capital W intended). This resulted in a change at the front with the high wind specialists coming into their own in the very challenging chop.
Matt Thursfield's upwind speed is incredible in the breeze there simply is no stopping him when he powers up - he showed us how he managed to win last year and took line honours in both race 9 and race 10. Alex Hagan-Collins took 2nd in race 9 and Steve Hawley showed us being fit is critical when it gets windy and got his first podium of the event. Race 10 the wind had built even more and was getting close to "survival conditions" - downwind required spare changes of pants every time you gybed in the waves. As we said Matt won, Steve Hawley improved even further to sneak 2nd on the line ahead of Cliff Milliner. Alistair Goodwin scoring 7th in both....
Thankfully the race team finished us at the top mark so we were closer to shore.
Overall it was close, really close. 2022 was decided on countback, 2023 there was just one point in it. With 5 race wins it was Alistair Goodwin to take the overall win.
1st Alistair Goodwin
2nd Cliff Milliner
3rd Sam Knight
4th Matt Thursfield
5th Alex Hagan-Collins
1st Paul Bloom
2nd Hugh Hansen
3rd Kevin Reed
1st Ashley Keniston
2nd Dave Pennock
3rd Steve Denyer
1st Serena Stewardson
1st Sean Ricketts
1st Jonny Everett
2nd Iain Wilson
3rd Richard Lambert
1st Ian Howett
2nd Kevin Reed
3rd Paul Undrell
1st Matt and Chris Williams
2nd Chris and Steve Hawley
3rd Mike and Tony Critchley
Cotswold Sailing Club
The Supernova is a great one design boat that has a very controllable rig giving a great competitive weight range. We also see a real mix of sailors of all abilities and ages. Competing at the event this year's event as well as 20 year old Sean Ricketts was 81 year old Phil Davies - Phil finished a very credible 55th and finished 8 races!
Looking ahead, the next major Supernova Championship event is the inlands taking place at the fabulous Grafham water sailing club on 2 and 3 September.
The 2024 national championships are taking place at Plas Heli on 28, 29 and 30 June - get it booked!
|1st||G||Standard||1304||Alistair Goodwin||Haversham SC||1||1||1||4||5||5||1||1||(7)||(7)||19|
|2nd||G||Standard||1245||Cliff Milliner||Cotswold SC||3||4||3||(6)||1||1||2||3||(11)||3||20|
|3rd||G||Standard||1192||Sam Knight||Bartley SC||2||2||2||3||(DNC)||2||(12)||9||4||4||28|
|4th||G||Standard||1302||Matt Thursfield||Chelmarsh SC||6||5||(7)||5||3||(7)||7||4||1||1||32|
|5th||G||Standard||1242||Alex Hagan Collins||Bolton SC||5||(15)||6||1||6||10||(14)||5||2||5||40|
|6th||G||Standard||1261||Gavin Young||Cotswold SC||8||11||9||2||2||3||3||(18)||(14)||12||50|
|7th||G||Standard||1263||Stephen Hawley||Bartley SC||9||(16)||(12)||11||9||6||5||7||3||2||52|
|8th||G||Standard||1329||Eden Hayland||Chase SC||10||3||15||(20)||4||8||(17)||2||5||8||55|
|9th||G||Standard||1248||Matthew Williams||Cotswold SC||14||14||4||(17)||13||9||6||10||(19)||11||81|
|10th||G||Standard||1201||Christopher Williams||Cotswold SC||(16)||(20)||14||16||7||12||13||6||10||6||84|
|11th||G||Master||1303||Jonny Everett||Llandegfedd SC||7||13||11||10||8||(23)||(21)||11||21||14||95|
|12th||G||Youth||1073||Sean Ricketts||Bartley SC||22||10||10||8||10||4||16||(RET)||(30)||17||97|
|13th||G||Standard||1094||Peter Mackin||Stokes Bay SC||4||22||8||15||(29)||13||(32)||20||13||10||105|
|14th||G||Master||1284||Iain Wilson||Bolton SC||(36)||7||5||27||25||18||(33)||8||8||15||113|
|15th||G||Master||1306||Richard Lambert||Bough Beech SC||13||9||13||22||20||20||9||13||(RET)||(25)||119|
|16th||G||Veteran||1258||Ian Howett||Haversham SC||12||(34)||(31)||18||15||11||26||12||6||24||124|
|17th||S||Standard||1153||Paul Bloom||Snettisham Beach SC||15||(23)||20||9||(23)||14||8||23||20||21||130|
|18th||S||Standard||1218||Hugo Hansen||Cotswold SC||24||12||24||(31)||28||(DNC)||4||15||12||22||141|
|19th||G||Master||1220||Mike Critchley||Bolton SC||18||18||17||25||11||17||20||16||(UFD)||(29)||142|
|20th||G||Master||1264||Andrew Flitcroft||Bolton SC||23||28||19||7||21||RDG||(35)||17||29||(32)||154|
|21st||S||Veteran||1188||Kevin Reed||Roadford Lake SC||38||6||33||(51)||12||16||(40)||33||9||9||156|
|22nd||G||Standard||1333||Chris Hawley||Bartley SC||11||24||29||14||14||(31)||15||27||23||(30)||157|
|23rd||G||Standard||1189||Will Gould||Carsington SC||19||27||(32)||19||17||19||28||(31)||17||13||159|
|24th||S||Standard||1315||Douglas White||Cotswold SC||20||29||21||(40)||16||22||23||14||16||(DNF)||161|
|25th||S||Standard||1125||Corin Bamford||Bolton SC||(26)||(31)||26||24||18||21||18||19||18||23||167|
|26th||G||Veteran||1160||Paul Undrell||Cotswold SC||(29)||(40)||22||26||19||24||10||21||27||19||168|
|27th||S||Master||1318||James Gerwat||Shoreham SC||21||26||(34)||12||24||27||30||(38)||26||18||184|
|28th||G||Veteran||1267||Jeremy Higson||Bartley SC||25||21||18||23||22||30||(47)||34||15||(DNC)||188|
|29th||S||Standard||1244||Julian White||Cotswold SC||34||(45)||(39)||21||32||29||19||26||24||16||201|
|31st||S||Veteran||1252||Andrew Gomm||Ogston SC||43||35||30||32||26||32||(49)||(45)||22||27||247|
|32nd||S||Master||1307||Martin Roots||Cardiff Bay||33||30||27||29||30||(RET)||46||40||33||(DNC)||268|
|33rd||S||Master||1233||Robert Vince||Exe SC||32||33||37||(38)||33||35||(43)||36||38||36||280|
|34th||S||Veteran||1202||Martin Burgess||Bough Beach SC||35||(44)||44||(53)||38||25||41||44||35||20||282|
|35th||S||Master||1239||David Cann||Cardiff Bay||27||25||23||37||(93||(93||39||71||32||28||282|
|36th||S||Standard||1319||Sean Muldoon||Haversham SC||56||(57)||45||30||39||28||(58)||35||31||26||290|
|37th||G||Veteran||1184||Garry Butterfield||Bartley SC||(57)||38||49||42||35||(RET)||50||30||25||35||304|
|38th||S||Veteran||1176||Mark Hitchmough||Bowmoor SC||(52)||37||48||43||31||39||36||(56)||50||31||315|
|39th||S||Master||1179||Chris Hobbs||Bowmoor SC||40||43||42||(49)||45||40||27||43||40||(DNC)||320|
|40th||S||Standard||1180||David Stephen||Bartley SC||45||46||40||46||44||41||22||(48)||(51)||37||321|
|41st||G||Veteran||1246||Anthony Critchley||Bolton SC||17||42||38||13||47||(RET)||52||22||(DNC)||DNC||324|
|42nd||S||Master||412||Philip Hind||Ogston SC||48||39||46||50||37||34||(63)||(62)||44||39||337|
|43rd||S||Veteran||1139||Dana Church||Nottingham SC||51||36||35||35||(DNC)||(DNC)||37||28||28||DNC||343|
|44th||S||Veteran||1215||Michael Malcolm||Haversham SC||54||(55)||47||45||40||36||42||42||46||(DNC)||352|
|45th||S||Standard||1256||Paul Burton||Girton SC||37||(53)||50||44||50||33||(57)||53||53||38||358|
|46th||S||Standard||543||Christopher Bridge||Ogston SC||42||(60)||41||39||46||(DNC)||54||55||49||34||360|
|47th||S||Veteran||1127||Philip North||Girton SC||49||49||51||(65)||(60)||42||24||60||52||43||370|
|48th||S||Master||1223||Jonathan Pebody||Hunts SC||55||58||53||(61)||36||38||51||(63)||41||40||372|
|49th||S||Veteran||1172||Eric Green||Ogston SC||50||50||52||36||34||37||56||65||(DNC)||(DNC)||380|
|50th||B||Master||698||Charles Felgate||Cardiff Bay YC||(70)||65||64||34||42||43||(71)||58||36||41||383|
|51st||S||Veteran||1211||Martin Smith||Chelmarsh SC||41||32||28||(DNC)||(DNC)||DNC||38||25||34||DNC||384|
|52nd||G||Standard||1299||William Gifford||Cotswold SC||30||8||16||28||27||(DNC)||(DNC)||DNC||DNC||DNC||388|
|53rd||S||Veteran||1277||Douglas Rankin||Blithfield SC||39||47||43||(DNC)||(DNC)||DNC||11||46||48||DNS||420|
|54th||G||Veteran||1293||Steven Tostevin||Roadford Lake SC||47||(68)||58||58||55||44||(75)||57||56||46||421|
|55th||S||Veteran||1187||Philip Davies||Thornton Steward SC||66||61||57||57||54||(OCS)||34||54||43||(DNC)||426|
|56th||S||Veteran||477||Tony Witham||Bexhill SC||46||48||54||52||58||46||(65)||64||61||(DNC)||429|
|57th||S||Veteran||1151||Andrew Bethell||Lilliput SC||67||(70)||56||60||49||47||55||47||58||(DNC)||439|
|58th||S||Master||1115||Kevin Band||Bolton SC||61||59||(RET)||48||48||45||45||51||(RET)||DNC||450|
|59th||S||Veteran||1171||Mark Meadows||Teesdale SC||59||(RET)||(DNC)||64||51||DNC||70||32||47||44||460|
|60th||S||Master||1230||Chris Kneale||Cardiff Bay SC||73||62||55||55||43||(RET)||62||59||54||(DNC)||463|
|61st||S||Veteran||1325||Adrian Lumb||Haversham SC||44||(DNC)||(DNC)||47||RET||DNC||29||39||39||DNC||477|
|62nd||S||Veteran||1305||Stuart Stephen||Bartley SC||64||52||63||62||53||(RET)||60||67||57||(DNC)||478|
|64th||S||Lady||1083||Serena Stewardson||Emberton Park SC||76||69||66||66||56||(RET)||61||37||62||(DNC)||493|
|65th||B||Master||1269||James Paterson||Bartley SC||62||66||60||59||57||(OCS)||72||66||59||(DNC)||501|
|66th||S||Master||588||Rob Bell||Emberton Park SC||58||(DNC)||(DNC)||33||DNC||DNC||53||41||42||DNS||506|
|67th||S||Master||393||Andy Marshall||Bowmoor SC||69||72||67||63||59||(RET)||(78)||69||64||45||508|
|69th||S||Veteran||1093||Nick Coombes||Exe SC||65||54||68||(DNC)||(DNC)||DNC||66||72||63||47||528|
|70th||B||Master||1123||Ashley Keniston||Exe SC||74||67||69||(DNC)||(DNC)||DNC||69||52||65||42||531|
|71st||G||Master||1280||Alex Reeve||Cotswold SC||28||19||25||(DNC)||(DNC)||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||537|
|72nd||B||Veteran||1045||David Pennock||Bartley SC||63||63||65||56||52||(DNC)||(RET)||DNC||DNC||DNC||578|
|73rd||B||Master||715||Steve Denyer||Cardiff Bay SC||75||51||59||(DNC)||(DNC)||DNC||76||68||66||DNS||581|
|74th||G||Veteran||1257||Mike Gibson||Bartley SC||(DNC)||(DNC)||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||25||24||DNC||DNC||607|
|75th||S||Veteran||1203||Steve Johnson||Cotswold SC||(RET)||(DNC)||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||44||50||60||DNC||619|
|76th||S||Veteran||1103||Nigel Davis||Tamworth SC||72||71||70||(DNC)||(DNC)||DNC||74||70||DNC||DNC||636|
|77th||S||Veteran||1134||Tom Baldwin||Carsington SC||68||64||(DNC)||(DNC)||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||690|
|78th||B||Veteran||1196||Mike Griffiths||Emberton Park SC||77||(DNC)||(DNC)||DNC||DNC||DNC||79||73||DNC||DNC||694|
|79th||B||Veteran||1057||Ian Casewell||Cotswold SC||71||(DNC)||(DNC)||DNC||DNC||DNC||68||RET||DNC||DNC||697|
|80th||S||Standard||1272||Andrew Goodman‑ Smith||Attenborough SC||(DNC)||(DNC)||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||48||DNC||DNC||DNC||699|
|82nd||S||Standard||1124||Colin Ricketts||Bartley SC||(RET)||(DNC)||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||73||DNC||DNC||DNC||724|
|83rd||S||Master||1298||Tony English||Bowmoor SC||(RET)||(DNC)||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||77||DNC||DNC||DNC||728|
|84th||S||Veteran||1326||Paul Kersel||Draycote Water SC||(RET)||(DNC)||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||744|
|84th||S||Lady||1131||Karen Squire||Carsington SC||(DNC)||(DNC)||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||744|
|84th||S||Veteran||1195||Ian White||Emberton Park SC||(DNC)||(DNC)||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||744|
|84th||S||Veteran||1271||Paul Jones||Chelmarsh SC||(DNC)||(DNC)||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||744|
|84th||S||Veteran||1007||Stephen Swain||Haversham SC||(DNC)||(DNC)||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||744|
|84th||S||Veteran||1255||Warren Mitchell||Snettisham Beach SC||(DNC)||(DNC)||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||744|
|84th||S||Master||1254||Tony Bleasdale||Girton SC||(DNC)||(DNC)||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||744|
|84th||B||Standard||1157||Paul Rankin||Blithfield SC||(RET)||(DNS)||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||744|
|84th||S||Veteran||603||Richard White||Bristol Corinthian YC||(DNC)||(DNC)||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||74|
Location: Paignton SC