Try A Supernova For Free!

Supernova Dinghy

We at the Supernova Class Association realise that you want to try a boat before you commit your hard earn money, but does a brief few hours give you enough of an insight into a given boat? We don't think so. New for 2020 is our class owned MK2 FRP Supernova - 1031, which is available to borrow in 3 week blocks. The boat is not only for use by potential new owners but by all class members and may be ideal for anyone considering upgrading to a MK2. 

1031 has been fully refitted and fettled by our technical officer, Gavin Young, and comes with all the features you'd expect of a modern Supernova. 

A stayed, foredeck mounted, aluminium mast supports an eight square metre fully battened mylar sail loose footed on a stiff alloy boom with track attachments for mainsheet blocks, kicker and clew outhaul. This results in a powerful rig that can be controlled by three lines, kicker, clew outhaul and cunningham, easily adjusted while sailing so that the rig can be altered to suit a wide range of crew weight (60 - 90 Kg) and depowered as wind strengths increase. The hull volume and shape contributes a stable platform for the rig and with little tendency to bury the bow or to gripe to windward. The overall sailing characteristics are safe and predictable. The boat sails well to its 1077 PY when sailed flat and competes well in a mixed handicap fleet. 

While the Supernova is fundamentally easy to sail it is a demanding boat to sail well. A strict one design asfar as hull, sail plan and foils are concerned there is some freedom to adjust fittings and cordage. Even with only three control lines there are many permutations to try and the adjustments possible to rig tension and mast and spreader positions add to the possible variations. The boom is relatively high and the open transom provides a roomy, quick draining cockpit. With a standard arrangement of the centre main sheet and the side deck control lines all adjustments come easily to hand. The dagger board too can be easily adjusted in vertical position while sailing and for launching or recovery does not foul the boom when no longer protruding through the bottom of the boat. The rudder blade is of pivoting design with both up and down hauls cleated on the tiller. While the sail powers up rapidly and unlike a soft sail does not happily feather into the wind, the transition onto the plane is progressive and very smooth. Fore and aft crew weight position is not particularly critical. Capsizing presents few difficulties with the reduced buoyancy side tanks allowing the boat to float lower in the water. The sealed mast tends to limit any tendency to turn turtle and little weight is needed to right the boat. From the water it is easy to reach the toe strap or slide in through the open transom to permit a quick reentry. The cockpit is free of water after capsize recovery. 1031 comes with the added benefit of the latest Jeckalls smaill sail for lighter helms and stronger weather. Both the standard and small size will come with the boat for the loan so try both and see how you get on!

Hull length 4.39m

Beam 1.5m

Hull weight 50kg

Mainsail 8.22m sq

Reduced main 6.86m sq

Mast length 5.6m

Hartley's Do It Again! 

The committee are constantly amazed by Hartley Boats' generosity and support to the Supernova Class. However this year they've truly out done themselves. To celebrate the class's 25th anniversary, they'll exchange 1031 for a brand new MK2e Supernova if we can reach 120 entries at the 2021 Nationals in Plymouth - completely free!

This would truly be phenomenal to the class as a whole and so we please ask you to sign up to the 2021 Nationals and bring a friend. It is a fantastic event with 3 days of top quality sea sailing with a packed social scene, it'll be a weekend to remember!