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Supernova National Championships at Plas Heli Welsh National Sailing Academy

by Chris Hawley 10 Jul 2018 18:33 BST 6-8 July 2018
Supernova National Championships 2018 © Supernova Association

Sponsored by Hartley Boats and Allen Brothers

The weekend of 6, 7 and 8 July 2018 saw 100+ Supernovas descend on the Plas Heli centre at Pwllheli for their National Championships. It was the third year in a row that the class has managed a 100+ entry maintaining the momentum in this exciting class.

Each arrival was greeted with a custom t-shirt for their buddy group where each group of four were provided with some excellent support from their Gold Fleet representative. Some of the discussions were informal, where as others included full checking and adjustment of rig setup.

The weather gods were kind with wall to wall sunshine at high 20s temperatures from arrival to departure. The wind even played ball (just) to allow us to get in the ten planned races. The format of the championship has been the same for a number of years and continues to be well regarded with a relaxed feel balanced with racing.

It was great to see a significant increase in the number of female sailors, up from three last year to seven, potentially due to the improvements in the official small sail (although no small sails were needed!). Great news for the Class and we hope for an even higher female turnout in 2019.

There was some uncertainty in the dinghy park as the fleet included four new members in borrowed boats. The Supernova Class has an excellent track record of these members going out to buy their own boat (for example defending champion Alex Horlock) after sampling the Supernova.

Day 1

Four races were held in a good F2/3 on the Friday afternoon and there were four different winners! Race 1 was won by Inland Champion and joint all time leader of the national championship table, Cliff Milliner. In the building wind, race 2 was won by the giant figure of Mark Hartley, also joint all time leader of the national championship table.

However, in race 3 there was a new name at the front, Sam Knight – he hadn't been outside of the top three all day. Then a further new name at the front with Alistair Goodwin taking the fourth race.

Overnight leaders were Sam Knight, Ed Higson and Alastair Goodwin.

There was some excellent racing by all through the fleet and all of the competitors were smiling all the way to the bar in the evening. There was then a great social on the Friday night, with Class Chairman, Chris Hawley, hosting a fun game for the different buddy groups. Everyone was very included, even the "plus 1s" who were supporting.

Day 2

The plan for day 2 was four races, but that was not to be and just three were fitted in slightly lighter breeze.

It was Cliff Milliner again who was first out of the blocks winning race 5. Sam Knight struck back hard though win wins in races 6 and 7.

Alistair Goodwin had a great day with a 2, 3, 3 moving him to second overall behind Sam Knight. Ed Gibson slipping to overnight third place.

A further social was held on the Saturday night – a slightly smarter affair with great food, banter and sailing war stories.

Day 3

Those with sore heads were comforted that the 9am launch looked set to be deferred until lunchtime. However, the PRO got to the course on time and there was wind! Panic stations with everyone rushing to launch – one guy was seen launching whilst eating a bacon sandwich!

The wind held up for races 8 and 9 being won by Alistair Goodwin and Mark Platt. Race 10 saw a monster (65 degree) windshift mid way through, which some massive gains and losses – Sam Knight took the win.

Overall Sam had done enough to defend his overnight lead and finished on 20 points. Alistair Goodwin fought hard and finished with 27 points. Cliff Milliner made up the podium with 34 points.

In his victory speech Sam acknowledged the friendly nature of the Supernova Class and said he was made to feel very welcome from arrival and thanked all of the members for their support. We will see Sam again in the future, probably at Paignton on 28, 29 and 30 June 2019!

Some event photographs to purchase are available: More photos will be available through our Facebook page in the coming days and weeks.

Team Prize – Bartley Sailing Club
Family Prize – The Critchley Brothers
Ladies Champion – Ellen Clancy (Cotswold) – followed by: Amie King, Serena Stewardason
Youth Champion – Ed Higson (Bartley)
Masters Champion – Mark Platt (Bolton) - followed by: Mike Critchley, Richard Pakes, Mike Gibson
Veterans Champion – Steve Mitchell (Hooe Point) – followed by: Bob Horlock, Tom Chadfield, Geoff Turner
Mark 1 Champion – Geoff Turner (Fishguard) – followed by: Clive Brown, Will Willett
Bronze fleet Champion – Warren Mitchell (Snettisham Beach) – followed by: Paul Bates, Rachel Vaughan Jones, Richard Hawson, Nigel Davies
Silver fleet Champion – Steve Mitchell (Hooe Point) – followed by: Ray Workman, Garry Butterfield, Ian Moodie, James Gerwat

As well as all 114 of our pre-event entries, thanks must also be provided to:

  • The event sponsors; Hartley Boats and Allen Brothers
  • The Plas Heli staff
  • The Pwllheli sailing club team
  • The Supernova Committee

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Overall Results:
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PosFleetSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10Pts
1stGold1207Sam KnightBartley SC231-86115-9120
2ndGold1124Alistair GoodwinHaversham SC54-1012331-10827
3rdGold1190Cliff MillinerCotswold SC1-2013216-1426334
4thGold1125Mark PlattBolton SC-11934544(DNC)1535
5thGold1096Ed HigsonBartley SC45234796-29-1940
6thGold1060Alex HorlockExe SC-1384935210-11950
7thGold1220Mike CritchleyBolton SC6119-3810101194(RET)70
8thGold1192Gavin YoungCotswold SC-19-3312572151512472
9thGold1112Peter MackinBolton SC10271311-171788(RET)76
10thGold666Richard PakesHaversham SC318511189123-24-2279
11thGold1195Tim HandSwarkestone SC7-3087-262161231781
12thGold1127Mike GibbsonBartley SC81018-26161422112-40101
13thGold1180Mark HartleyHartley Boats181669-30163025-37111
14thGold1074Anthony CritchleyBolton SC-481930-35212054528132
15thGold1224Chris HawleyBartley SC17131930278716-42-57137
16thSilver1196Steven MitchellHooe Point SC266-3523131882321-41138
17thSilver1217Ray WorkmanCotswold SC153921-501223207-412139
18thSilver1184Garry ButterfieldBartley SC2524-361814111031-356139
19thGold1169Matt WilliamsCotswold SC1429-3119-331523202011151
20thGold1133Stephen HawleyBartley SC-321717241916271719-48156
21stSilver1035Ian MoodieBolton SC36-40113720-392118710160
22ndSilver1080James GerwatFelpham SC-37722152919242930-63175
23rdGold1147Iain WilsonLlangorse SC201625102413-88-393931178
24thGold1071Andrew FlitcroftBolton SC-771224222324194413-75181
25thSilver1141Ellen ClancyCotswold SC30-6528-45171226263126196
26thSilver1079Robert HorlockExe SC222816-575540131415-64203
27thGold1201Christopher WilliamsCotswold SC16232321283232-4338-43213
28thSilver1145Peter MayBolton SC27-51152030(DNC)29512833233
29thSilver1223Jon PebodyHunts SC281514143738-64-605632234
30thSilver1230Jonathan EverettLlangorse SC4532-55252228-46283238250
31stGold1059Richard LambertBough Beach SC21434112-5451314214-56255
32ndGold1160Paul UndrellCotswold SC38273227-4541353627-60263
33rdSilver1090Iain BarlowBurton SC333146-4943254924-5414265
34thSilver1189Tom ChadfieldBlithfield SC9-10158-60152257553420270
35thSilver1043Richard StoreyCotswold SC4137-66-75444537214815288
36thSilver1106Ian ThomsonBolton SC35-49273240-6933474927290
37thSilver1143Martin BurgessBough Beach SC-98-743962493628132342292
38thSilver1178Jeffrey RobinsonBolton SC233445296135-7437-7830294
39thSilver357Geoff TurnerFishguard Bay-7322332832435032-6661301
40thSilver1203Steve JohnsonCotswold SC-565637473134183846-74307
41stSilver576Clive BrownBolton SC29-594943-734852353329318
42ndSilver1069Brian SmithBowmoor SC127629708-8041(DNC)6716319
43rdSilver1174Steve YatesScammonden Water SC-6821635552-685919627338
44thSilver1168John WalpoleExe SC4925343147-634258-6553339
45thGold0William WillettLlangorse SC533854164142-654653(RET)343
46thSilver706Ed JohnsonGirton SC615865-68-675239221736350
47thSilver1137Andy GouldCotswold SC-70644052253743-676034355
48thSilver572Jeremy HigsonBartley SC-81425336-686748404425355
49thSilver1171Mark MeadowsBurton SC-8066-7941485444331852356
50thSilver1159Philip DaviesScammonden Water SC7260-75-91532730481655361
51stSilver1221Adrian LumbHaversham SC57-682034625834-635245362
52ndSilver433Alex WaltonChase SC50143817422962(DNC)(DNC)DNC367
53rdSilver1099Peter HousleySutton in Ashfield SC4054-81565656-67504524381
54thSilver1045Richard SavageHartley Boats44-7560-86514655642649395
55thSilver1163Chris WattsBough Beach SC3144616336-89-73345771397
56thSilver582Amie KingGirton SC43526251-815758-733639398
57thSilver1057Ian CasewellCotswold SC625547-893561385355-86406
58thSilver1134Tom BaldwinCarsington SC6041-8967503336-685965411
59thSilver1216Robert HillsCotswold SC42625758-89-9060665023418
60thGold660Derrick JacksonScammonden Water SC55-84513970-8540497044418
61stSilver1068Frank McMullenBolton SC4750-7648-715045546462420
62ndSilver561Mark HitchmoughBowmoor SC652650-7665-7454524072424
63rdSilver1226Kevin ParvinLlandudno SC544568-74596551-713751430
64thSilver1087Mike WalkerBowmoor SC-796342-83607656415835431
65thSilver1182Michael HughesGlossop SC-95696784343168(DSQ)7413440
66thSilver649Tony BleasdaleGirton SC3981-83-88726479252258440
67thSilver520John FarmerLlngorse SC74-8364336679-87566312447
68thSilver1161David WatkinsChase SC24724854392671(DNC)(DNC)DNC449
69thSilver1083Serena StewardsonEmberton Park SC51572677-8575764543-79450
70thSilver1215Mike MalcolmHaversham SC34475259-7555637471-88455
71stSilver477Tony WithamBexhill SC523577617966-96-818018468
72ndSilver543Allison LinnellHollowell SC838572-90-906225275173478
73rdSilver1052Andrew BethellLilliput SC464869-93644475-826976491
74thSilver709David BartholomewBolton SC66675953695972-83-8750495
75thSilver1156Rob CornerAttenborough SC6336-84736378-81627646497
76thSilver1177Peter BinghamBowmoor SC715344-945860-84577583501
77thSilver1139Dana ChurchNottingham SC58735646-935370-848267505
78thSilver519Kevin BandBolton SC-8270-9342808278657321511
79thSilver424Phill DyneNotts County64787066-8873536947-85520
80thSilver1108Mark EdwardsLargs SC6780-856446728259-9470540
81stSilver1062Andrew GoodmanAttenborough SC8846744077-93-91858554549
82ndSilver679Stephen BlairBeaver SC-8471806978-8169617747552
83rdSilver1130Nick WhilesAttenborough SC698678448347-937672-89555
84thSilver1008Norman CarterHollowell SC757773-805777617561-81556
85thSilver1172Warren MitchellSnettisham Beach SC7861-92657471-80707978576
86thSilver1218Paul BatesHaversham SC-97894385-959147808469588
87thSilver1191Rachel Vaughan-JohnsBowmoor SC927971(DNC)8649668681(DSQ)610
88thSilver1019Richard HawsonGlossop SC87-9087797684-90776880638
89thSilver1103Nigel DaviesWelwyn Garden59-9490-100948886799259647
90thSilver1041Chris CatonBolton SC8695-99-99987083788677673
91stSilver1109Lesley JeanesCotswold SC7682947838(DNF)77(DNC)DNCDNC675
92ndSilver1091Shaun SmaleWelwyn Garden SC-10088867182-9685889390683
93rdSilver408David StephenArden SC94878272-9992-97878882684
94thSilver588Malcolm HerbertLlangorse SC85-9996968783-98928366688
95thSilver598John HumanEmberton Park SC8997-98-98848792909084713
96thSilver525Jasper MeijBolton SC90-9288-95928689898991714
97thSilver1214Roger HilliardShropshire SC99-100-101971009799729568727
98thSilver1155Graham SennittHunts SC9691-10087-10198100919187741
99thSilver1164Stuart HallSilver Wings SC91939782919994(DNC)(DNC)DNC762
100thSilver1007Stephen SwainHaversham SC93969192969595(DNC)(DNC)DNC773
101stSilver1181Tom O'DriscollLlandudno SC(DNF)9895819794101(DNC)DNCDNC796
102ndSilver1135Gordon TweedleHaversham SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC920
102ndSilver1018Joanne DaubneyGirton SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC920
102ndSilver516Mark KilbyEmberton Park SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC920
102ndSilver1121Martin BarrettRippon SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC920
102ndSilver1176John BanbrookBowmoor SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC920
102ndSilver1044Robert IlesBowmoor SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC920
102ndSilver436Martin BazenBowmoor SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC920
102ndSilver393John SimmonsLlangorse SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC920
102ndSilver1116Gary BrownLlandudno(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC920
102ndSilver1131Phil TaylorBartley SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC920
102ndSilver1170Simon O'SullivanCotswold SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC920
102ndSilver1179Chris HobbsBowmoor SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC920

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