Spring Champs - Oxford Carriers, Force 4 Chandlery, Noble Marine!

Report from Gavin Young, Photos Derrick Page

 

Supernova Spring Championships 2017

The postponed winter championship was held at Bowmoor Sailing club on Saturday 8th April 2017. The event was renamed the Supernova Spring Championship and Spring had definitely sprung for the healthy turnout of 41 boats – being the largest Supernova fleet ever to have visited Bowmoor Sailing club. 

The event was sponsored by long term class supporter Oxford Carriers and new sponsor Force 4 Chandlery.  The Association thanks the sponsors for their generous support.

The open was also combined with the Noble Marine Supernova Travellers event – another 40+ turnout for the travellers circuit!

The open was run on Saturday following a class training day hosted by Bowmoor which attracted 25 boats for some on and off water boat training in some very light winds.  The training day featured a RYA coach and was provided free of charge to Association members.

Saturday greeted the fleet with minimal wind, bright sunshine and blue skies which allowed an hour’s boat tuning talk from Cliff Milliner and Gavin Young whilst the fleet waited for the wind to fill in.

As a gentle breeze arrived with winds around F1 to F2, the postponement flag was lowered and the first race got underway with a clean start.  Young edged ahead off the line but at the windward mark Gibson arrived just ahead on port tack taking the lead followed by Milliner and Snell. By the end of the first run Milliner had taken the lead followed by Gibson Collins Snell and Young. By the end of the race Milliner took line honours with a clear lead from Collins followed by Snell and Young with Gibson slipping to 6th .

Race 2 was started after a healthy lunch and the breeze building slightly.  In very shifty conditions, the wind switched the favoured end from port to starboard which led to frantic last minute place changing whilst boats repositioned to get the best start. On the gun the fleet cleanly left the line with Steve Hawley closely followed by Brother Chris Hawley leading the fleet around the windward mark and pulling away a small lead with Gibson, Milliner and Snell following. Towards the end of the race the wind filled from behind on the downwind leg with Gibson and Collins taking full advantage. Chris Hawley held onto his second place position with Gibson taking the line and Collins moving up to third and Milliner fourth dropping Steve Hawley down to finish sixth.

Race 3 was started back to back with race 2 and was set up to be a Starboard biased line until 30  seconds before the gun when a wind shift changed the favoured end to port.. The fleet got away cleanly for the third time and after a frantic dash for the port end the fleet sailed in a tight bunch around the first lap which saw many place changes. Boats bunched up at each leeward mark as the wind filled in from behind leading to some interesting mark rounds. The race finished with Milliner first with another good lead followed by Collins, Young and Snell.

The fleet had a great day in some testing but very warm and sunny conditions.

The Supernova Class would like to thank the Sponsors who made sure that everyone who attended went home with a prize. We would also like to thank Bowmoor sailing club for hosting the event and providing a fantastic, friendly, helpful and well organised venue, we look forward to visiting the club again next year.

The next Noble Marine Travellers event is Saturday 22 April in Bolton, and Scammandon on 23 April.

The next training day is 19 May the day before the 2 day sea championships at Exe sailing club.

Finally, with 109 signed up for this year’s nationals, the class continues to go from strength to strength.

The final results are as follows:

Cliff Milliner - 1st

Andrew Snell – 1st Silver Fleet

Mike Gibson – 1st Master

Tom Chadfield – 1st Veteran

 

Sailed: 3, Discards: 1, To count: 2, To qualify: 2, Entries: 41, Scoring system: Appendix A

Rank

Fleet

Class

SailNo

Club

HelmName

R1

R2

R3

Total

Nett

1st

 

SUPERNOVA

1190

Cotswold

Cliff Milliner

1

(4)

1

6

2

2nd

 

SUPERNOVA

1112

Bolton

Alex Collins

2

(3)

2

7

4

3rd

Master

SUPERNOVA

1127

Bartley

Mike Gibson

6

1

(10)

17

7

4th

 

SUPERNOVA

04

Cotswold

Gavin Young

4

(7)

3

14

7

5th

 

SUPERNOVA

1186

Datchet Water

Andrew Snell

3

(5)

4

12

7

6th

 

SUPERNOVA

1100

Bartley

Chris Hawley

7

2

(12)

21

9

7th

 

SUPERNOVA

1133

Bartley

Steve Hawley

5

6

(13)

24

11

8th

Master

SUPERNOVA

1168

Exe

Alistair Glen

(12)

9

5

26

14

9th

Veteran

SUPERNOVA

1082

Blithfield

Tom Chadfield

8

(10)

6

24

14

10th

Master

SUPERNOVA

1184

Bartley

Garry Butterfield

(11)

8

9

28

17

11th

Master

SUPERNOVA

1074

Bolton

Tony Critchley

10

(15)

11

36

21

12th

 

SUPERNOVA

1176

Bowmoor

John Banbrook

(15)

14

8

37

22

13th

Veteran

SUPERNOVA

1196

Porthpean

Steve Mitchell

9

(16)

14

39

23

14th

Master

SUPERNOVA

1079

Exe

Bob Horlock

(21)

18

7

46

25

15th

Veteran

SUPERNOVA

1163

Bough Beech

Chris Watts

16

12

(27)

55

28

16th

Veteran

SUPERNOVA

1177

Bowmoor

Pete Bingham

13

(19)

16

48

29

17th

Veteran

SUPERNOVA

1057

Cotswold

Ian Casewell

(25)

11

21

57

32

18th

Veteran

SUPERNOVA

1121

Cotswold

Steve Johnson

(17)

17

15

49

32

19th

 

SUPERNOVA

1123

Hunts

Jon Pebody

14

(26)

20

60

34

20th

Veteran

SUPERNOVA

1141

Cotswold

Robert Hills

(26)

13

23

62

36

21st

Master

SUPERNOVA

1160

Milton Keynes

Paul Undrell

18

(20)

19

57

37

22nd

Veteran

SUPERNOVA

1137

Cotswold

Andy Gould

24

(29)

17

70

41

23rd

Master

SUPERNOVA

1134

Carsington

Tom Baldwin

(27)

24

18

69

42

24th

 

SUPERNOVA

1158

Olton Mere

Matt Seaton

19

23

(24)

66

42

25th

 

SUPERNOVA

1170

Cotswold

Simon O'Sullivan

23

22

(26)

71

45

26th

Veteran

SUPERNOVA

1069

Bowmoor

Brian Smith

(29)

21

25

75

46

27th

 

SUPERNOVA

703

Bowmoor

Chris Hobbs

22

27

(33)

82

49

28th

Lady

SUPERNOVA

598

Emberton Park

Serena Stewardson

20

30

(Rtd)

92

50

29th

 

SUPERNOVA

1080

Felpham

James Gerwat

(Rtd)

25

28

95

53

30th

Master

SUPERNOVA

1025

Attenborough

Nick Whiles

(Rtd)

33

22

97

55

31st

Master

SUPERNOVA

436

Bowmoor

Martin Bazen

28

28

(34)

90

56

32nd

 

SUPERNOVA

1148

Bough Beech

Peter Wibroe

(32)

31

29

92

60

33rd

Master

SUPERNOVA

1167

Hunts

Paul Schofield

31

(32)

30

93

61

34th

Master

SUPERNOVA

1164

Carsington

Stuart Hall

33

(39)

32

104

65

35th

Master

SUPERNOVA

514

Alton Water

Steve Long

(37)

36

31

104

67

36th

Master

SUPERNOVA

1008

Hollowell

Norman Carter

34

34

(38)

106

68

37th

Veteran

SUPERNOVA

1063

Chipstead

Keith Rix

(35)

35

35

105

70

38th

Veteran

SUPERNOVA

1093

Exe

John Walpole

30

(42 DNS)

 

114

72

39th

 

SUPERNOVA

1030

Silver Wing

Philip Berquist

(Rtd)

37

36

115

73

40th

 

SUPERNOVA

687

Arden

David Stephen

36

38

(39)

113

74

41st

 

SUPERNOVA

1111

North Devon YC

Philip Coles

38

(40)

37

115

75

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