Supernova National Championships 2014 at Dovey Yacht Club - Overall
Extract from Yachts and Yachting (Paul Kelly):
The weekend of 4/5/6th July was one of the UK's sporting highlights of the year. Wimbledon Finals, Tour de France in the UK, and British GP. It was however the small beautiful seaside town of Aberdovey in mid Wales that saw arguably the best and closest of all UK sporting events that weekend. The Supernova National Championships.
The hosts Dovey Yacht Club's contribution was fantastic, a friendly welcome and always helpful. Their location was perfect for an event of this type. Great sailing waters enabled the fleet of 61 boats to sail within the estuary on the windy Friday, where many locations may have deemed it too rough. When the weather played ball the expanse of Cardigan Bay, just a short sail out of the estuary, was a fantastic place to play our sport in what must be some of the best scenary in the UK. Families were well catered for too with a sandy beech for the kids. Race officer Rupert Tildesly and his team did an excellent job of setting the 10 races with quick turn arounds, good courses and fast results production.
The final days racing consisted of three races out in the bay. With the top five still wide open it was still all to play for. The forecast was for around 10 knots, gradually building through the day. Again the sun shone giving fantastic conditions, with some great waves to play with.
The racing was delayed for an hour to allow the breeze to fill in from the west. Which for many was a welcome chance to clear heads from the social activities that comes with a Supernova championships. The Supernova is a class that is proud of its boat, close competitive sailing, but equally the friendliness and camaraderie of its class association.
The pressure was really on the top five to get a result in this the first race of the day. So much so that top two Cliff Milliner & Mark Hartley, along with Gavin Young returned to the line. and then sailed off on port behind the majority of the fleet in search of some clear air.
This meant that some new names were seen at the top of the fleet at the first mark rounding. With Matt Williams of Cotswold in his first year of Supernova sailing rounding clear of Mike Gibson, followed closely by 15 year old Lewis Brailsford of Sutton in Ashfield SC (showing he is one to watch for the future). Then came Paul Kelly who was too focussed on a good mark rounding, that for the purposes of this report, he didn't note who was behind (apologies to who it was).
The following legs saw Mike Gibson take a good lead, with Tony Critchley following. Richard Pakes got his best result of the series in third, with the consistent Duncan Adams in fourth. Cliff Milliner recovered to take 5th. With Mark Hartley back in 7th.
This the 8th race was an above average result that the top two would both need to count in their series, it also made the series a two discard event. Cliff now had 13 pts to Mark's 19, Alex Collins had 22, Gavin Young 25.
Saw the wind increasing slightly, varying between 10 and 15mph, producing more exciting racing in the building waves. There were big gains to be made up the beat with some fairly pronounced shifts. The line was very even and so the top end runners were at either end of the line. The boats starting at the starboard end of the line seemed to lift far more than the boats at the port end. At the first turn Mark Hartley took the lead closely followed by Tony Critchley, Mike Critchley, Cliff Milner and Gavin Young. By the first gybe mark it looked as if Mark Hartley had opened a comfortable lead to leave the Critchleys and Milliner to scrap it out, but by the leeward mark all four boats went around nose to tail. Hartley made a mistake and the Critchleys and Milliner went past. A long tactical beat saw Hartley re take the lead followed by Tony Critchley, Cliff Milliner and then Mike Critchley. The race finished this way making sure that the title would be decided on the last race.
Mark's victory in race 9 edged him closer. Cliff now had 16 points to Mark's 20, Alex had 28. Gavin's 12th in race 9 put him out of contention on 33 points.
Started under similar conditions to race nine, again the line was very fair. Milliner and Young had a good start and half way up the beat on the starboard side of the course looked as if they were going to lead at the windward mark. They tacked onto starboard and were headed slightly favouring those on the port side which included Hartley, Flitcroft, Tony Critchley and Gibson. These came in from the port side to round the windward mark ahead. Hartley lead from Flitcroft and then Gibson followed by Critchley, Young and Milliner. There were many place changes among the top six with Alex Collins and Peter Mackin working hard to gain early lost ground to join the mix. Hartley finished first followed by Flitcroft, Young, Tony Critchley, Mike Gibson and then Millner. This made the results too tight to work out on the water and the sailors were made to wait for the prize giving for the results.
Congratulations to Mark for winning his third and probably hardest won Supernova National title.
- The junior fleet was won by Alex Collins Bolton Sailing Club
- 1st Silver was Peter Mackin (8th o/a) our newest sailor to the fleet Bolton SC
- 1st Veteran was Steve Johnson of Cotswold SC
- 1st Master was Mike Gibson ex national champion Bartley SC
- First Mk1 was won by Gary Cawthorn of Attenborough SC
- Top Club was Bolton SC, with Cotswold in Second.
|1||Mark Hartley||Blithfield ‑ Gold ‑ Standard||1108||1||1||2||6||11||2||10||7||1||1||21|
|2||Cliff Milliner||Cotswold S C ‑ Standard ‑ Gold||1079||10||6||3||1||1||1||2||5||3||6||22|
|3||Alex Collins||Bolton S C ‑ Junior ‑ Gold||1088||2||7||1||2||7||4||13||6||6||9||35|
|4||Gavin Young||Cotswold S C ‑ Standard ‑ Gold||1104||4||8||5||4||2||5||5||14||12||3||36|
|5||Duncan Adams||Attenborough S C ‑ Standard ‑ Gold||1111||5||3||4||11||4||9||6||4||8||18||43|
|6||Mike Gibson||Bartley S C ‑ Master ‑ Gold||1047||8||2||7||8||12||12||4||1||11||5||46|
|7||Tony Critchley||Bolton S C ‑ Master ‑ Gold||1074||62||12||6||9||5||11||23||2||2||4||51|
|8||Peter Mackin||Bolton S C ‑ Junior ‑ Silver||1112||3||10||62||3||6||28||12||8||4||10||56|
|9||Richard Pakes||Haversham S C ‑ Master ‑ Gold||666||6||5||13||5||19||15||7||3||9||14||62|
|10||Mike Critchley||Bolton S C ‑ Standard ‑ Silver||1094||22||14||62||12||3||8||1||22||5||8||73|
|11||Andy Flitcroft||Bolton S C ‑ Standard ‑ Gold||1071||13||18||11||7||9||3||11||62||62||2||74|
|12||Norman Halstead||Roadford Lake S C ‑ Master ‑ Gold||1061||7||9||9||22||21||14||3||19||10||7||78|
|13||Paul Undrell||Haversham S C ‑ Master ‑ Gold||1060||16||4||8||20||16||7||16||11||26||11||89|
|14||Paul Earnshaw||Haversham S C ‑ Master ‑ Gold||1034||11||62||62||17||10||6||20||12||7||15||98|
|15||Tim Hand||SASC ‑ Gold ‑ Standard||1030||14||11||62||10||8||18||9||13||27||21||104|
|16||Paul Kelly||Attenborough S C ‑ Standard ‑ Silver||1102||17||17||16||13||20||10||19||9||13||12||107|
|17||Matt Williams||Cotswold S C ‑ Standard ‑ Silver||1073||26||15||14||18||38||20||14||10||20||17||128|
|18||Chris Hawley||Bartley SC||1100||15||13||10||19||30||22||22||16||17||22||134|
|19||Gary Cawthorn||Attenborough S C ‑ Standard ‑ Silver||687||25||21||23||15||13||16||8||17||28||62||138|
|20||Steve Hawley||Bartley S C ‑ Standard ‑ Gold||705||21||16||12||16||36||26||15||21||21||31||148|
|21||Tom Chadfield||Blithfield ‑ Master ‑ Silver||1082||12||26||17||14||15||13||28||28||41||25||150|
|22||Iain Wilson||Blackpool and Fleetwood S C ‑ Standard ‑ Silver||576||9||62||18||36||22||23||26||15||16||62||165|
|23||Garry Butterfield||Bartley S C ‑ Master ‑ Gold||1078||30||62||15||62||25||17||38||23||23||13||184|
|24||Robin Kirby||Cotswold S C ‑ Standard ‑ Silver||1110||18||62||62||23||14||24||50||25||15||16||185|
|25||Geoff Turner||Fishguard Bay S C ‑ Master ‑ Silver||587||38||62||19||26||37||19||42||20||14||20||193|
|26||Steve Johnson||Cotswold S C ‑ Veteran ‑ Gold||1042||29||23||26||43||53||21||27||26||22||29||203|
|27||Simon Robins||Porthpean S C ‑ Master ‑ Silver||1072||33||20||20||28||45||43||29||27||19||38||214|
|28||Lewis Brailsford||Sutton in Ashfield S C ‑ Junior ‑ Silver||LUE||32||62||62||21||24||42||30||18||29||23||219|
|29||Phil Davies||Scammonden S C ‑ Veteran ‑ Silver||1052||27||62||62||27||31||30||17||24||35||35||226|
|30||Kevin Last||Attenborough S C ‑ Master ‑ Silver||1077||24||27||62||34||29||25||47||59||18||26||230|
|31||Jon Pebody||Hunts S C ‑ Standard ‑ Silver||723||23||62||62||33||18||27||34||41||38||30||244|
|32||James Leckie||Bartley S C ‑ Silver ‑ Standard||RED||19||19||27||46||28||52||62||32||36||42||249|
|33||Mike Malcolm||Haversham S C ‑ Master ‑ Silver||613||34||62||25||35||32||38||32||38||33||27||256|
|34||Ian Barlow||Attenborough S C ‑ Standard ‑ Silver||702||62||29||62||29||17||45||33||37||42||28||260|
|35||Dave Harris||Severn S C ‑ Veteran ‑ Silver||1038||62||62||62||32||58||29||21||29||24||19||274|
|36||Shaun Smale||WGCSC ‑ Master ‑ Silver||1091||36||30||28||48||26||44||36||39||43||40||278|
|37||Brian Smith||Bowmoor S C ‑ Veteran ‑ Silver||703||31||22||30||37||44||50||24||51||56||52||289|
|38||Warren Mitchell||Snettisham Beach S C ‑ Master ‑ Silver||1016||39||24||24||47||47||37||40||48||45||37||293|
|39||Mike Walker||Bowmoor S C ‑ Master ‑ Silver||692||28||31||21||56||48||33||52||34||52||48||295|
|40||Alan Bull||Seafarers ‑ Master ‑ Silver||601||20||25||62||50||52||49||41||42||31||41||299|
|41||Ian Casewell||Reading S C Veteran||1057||62||62||62||24||39||34||49||30||32||33||303|
|42||Sam Hood||Cotswold S C ‑ Veteran ‑ Silver||1046||37||62||62||42||23||31||37||50||37||47||304|
|43||Chris Watts||Bough Beech S C ‑ Veteran ‑ Silver||1059||62||62||62||44||27||54||31||35||25||32||310|
|44||John Walpole||Exe SC||1093||62||62||62||26||35||40||18||47||40||43||311|
|45||John Banbrook||Bowmoor S C ‑ Standard ‑ Silver||1069||62||62||62||45||34||35||35||33||34||39||317|
|46||Keith Rix||Chipstead S C ‑ Veteran ‑ Silver||1063||62||62||62||30||50||36||46||40||30||34||328|
|47||Roger Prince||Bolton S C ‑ Veteran ‑ Silver||479||62||62||62||31||51||39||62||31||39||24||339|
|48||Gordon Tweedle||Haversham S C ‑ Veteran ‑ Silver||691||35||28||29||51||56||58||53||53||47||46||342|
|49||Robert Ceurstemont||Attenborough S C ‑ Veteran ‑ Silver||1075||62||62||62||40||41||32||25||44||50||53||347|
|50||Pete Bingham||Bowmoor S C ‑ Veteran ‑ Silver||1068||62||62||22||38||43||56||44||49||46||50||348|
|51||Tom Baldwin||Carsington S C ‑ Master ‑ Silver||595||62||62||62||41||42||55||39||43||49||45||376|
|52||Peter May||Bolton S C ‑ Standard ‑ Silver||680||62||62||62||39||46||48||54||45||48||36||378|
|53||Rob Corner||Attenborough S C ‑ Master ‑ Silver||1090||62||62||62||54||33||47||62||36||53||44||391|
|54||Eddie Waring||Bolton S C ‑ Master ‑ Silver||1024||62||32||62||55||49||59||62||55||51||49||412|
|55||Dave Bexson||Attenborough S C ‑ Master ‑ Silver||684||62||62||62||58||40||53||55||46||44||54||412|
|56||Donald Appleton||Bolton S C ‑ Gold ‑ Veteran||1022||62||62||62||52||54||51||45||54||54||51||423|
|57||Joe Bacon||Carsington S C ‑ Standard ‑ Silver||425||62||62||62||53||57||41||51||57||58||56||435|
|58||Stephen Swain||Haversham S C ‑ Veteran ‑ Silver||1007||62||62||62||49||60||46||43||62||62||62||446|
|59||Geoff Ditchfield||Bolton S C ‑ Master ‑ Silver||624||62||62||62||62||55||57||48||58||59||58||459|
|60||Hedley Dowler||Cotswold S C ‑ Veteran ‑ Silver||390||62||62||62||57||59||60||62||56||57||55||468|
|61||Mervyn Jones||Cotswold S C ‑ Veteran ‑ Silver||1036||62||62||62||62||62||62||62|