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Supernova 25th Anniversary Nationals at Plymouth

by Stephen Hawley 14 Jul 2021 18:31 BST 2-4 July 2021
Supernova 25th Anniversary Nationals at Plymouth © Peter Mackin /

2021 saw the Supernova Dinghy Association celebrate its 25th anniversary and what better way to mark the milestone than have its biggest national championship to date. The event was hosted by Plymouth Youth Sailing and the Mount Batten Centre and generously support by Hartley Boats and Allen.

A record 135 boats registered was a fantastic achievement by the class given the challenges of the last 18 months, inevitably not all could make it, but 116 helms competed in the three-day event. Despite the lack of the normal social activities, we were able to keep the class camaraderie in the dinghy park and through social media share lots of hints and tips in advance of the event.

The plan was for 10 races, and thanks to the hard work of Keith Kendall at PYS we managed to get all 10 in despite the wind not always behaving. And with this being the first National Championships and the first time on the sea for several helms, they were treated to a wide range of conditions over the weekend.

Day 1

It was to be gate starts outside Plymouth South with 3 races planned. Winds were light but built steadily over the day.

R1 Mike Gibson led the fleet out as the nominated pathfinder, the fleet racked up on the starboard lay line letting Sam Knight get away and to race victory followed by Alistair Goodwin and Cliff Milliner. Overall, the fleet were a bit ginger around the gate start but this quickly improved throughout the day. One helm that was certainly not ginger out of the gate was Bartley's Gary Butterfield finishing an excellent 5th.

R2 Goodwin dominated and won by some distance, Blithfield's Colin Anderson has an excellent race coming home in for second followed by Mark Platt. Further down the pack, it was a great race for Scammonden SC with Steve Yates taking 31st and Phil Davies coming home in 19th.

R3 The wind came good and we were able to get into the toe straps, and it continued to build. Once again Sam Knight showed us the way, Matt Biggs was second and Cliff Milliner third. Cotswold's Matt Williams began to find his stride after a difficult morning crossing the line 6th.

Day 2

More wind was forecast, and with 4 races planned it was going to be a long day. Some helms opted to use their smaller sail, which turned out to be a wise move as the winds and waves increased by race 7.

R4 The initial start was abandoned and before the restart the wind died however the swell remained, getting the boat going in these tricky conditions was key. The wind shifted during the restart catching out a large number of helms out OCS. A big section of fleet headed to the LHS of the beat and incorrectly headed to mark 2.

Sam Knight was impervious to these issues, found his rhythm in the waves and took the race win followed by Alex Horlock. Paul Jones, Chelmarsh SC, had a great race coming home in 11th.

R5 saw the wind begin to fill and the swell continued to build, Alex Horlock was clean away and held this through the race, Sam Pickering in the Class Association's Loan Boat showed excellent pace to come in for second followed by Iain Horlock.

R6 Alex was clearly on form and loving the waves knocking up another race win, however Goodwin was in hot pursuit as was Iain Horlock taking second and third respectively. Gary Butterfield continued his strong weekend with an 11th place finish. Further back, the mid-fleet pack was tighter than ever with gold fleet members struggling to recover from any mistakes.

R7 It was time for some big breeze and waves which was an eye opening experience for those doing their first sea event, and despite a few capsizes it will stick in peoples mind as being a race they can be proud to have sailed in. It was Alistair's turn to get back to the front with the Horlock brothers close behind. Fellow Haversham SC sailor Ian Howett revelled in the conditions taking his best result in 5th.

Alex Horlock had won the day with two firsts and two seconds to put the pressure on as we moved into day 3.

Day 3

It rained! A lot. The wind was set to big even stronger, so the decision was made to bring racing inside the shelter of the Sound. With a flatter sea state, perhaps the lake sailors would come out on top. But this also meant a much strong tide which has a noticeable impact coming into the windward and wing marks, catching a few sailors out throughout the day.

With the race team expecting the wind to change there was a short postponement, but it didn't happen as expected, so the team got us going based on what we had.

R8 The fleet was ready to go with many helms getting wet and cold, so we were pleased to move into the middle of sound and get a course laid. Gavin Young was the pathfinder which set him up to be first to the windward mark with a good lead. He was reined in but managed to hold on to take the win with Goodwin second. Bough Beech's Martin Burgess and Chase's Dave Watkins both had an excellent race with 25th & 26th respectively.

R9. The breeze seemed steady at the start, but by the windward mark if was decreasing. By the time the fleet made the run the wind has all but gone. However, it filled in quickly benefiting those helms who went right. Sam Knight took full advantage followed by Cliff Milliner. Another shift on the following beat reshuffled the pack. The wind shift had seen the fleet mixed up with winners and losers making it all to play for going into race 10. Andrew Goodman Smith was one such winner, timing each shift well to take his best nationals result in 17th.

R10. The wind and waves built to exciting levels, and even the sun came out. Iain Horlock took advantage followed by Pickering and Alex Horlock, with condition building it was a 1 lap race. The screaming reach took the fleet over the line and a ride back to the launching area to put a smile on your face it was a great end to the day's racing.

The overall results show a hard-fought event with 5 different race winners, but there were battles going on across the fleet with helms fighting for the silver fleet, bronze fleet, first master, veteran, lady, youth and mark 1 boat.

The overall win went to Alistair Goodwin from Haversham Sailing Club who dedicated the win to former class chairman Paul Earnshaw. Alistair proved that constancy pays as he was never outside the top 10 all weekend as well as clocking up several race wins.

The class's attention now turns to a packed Travellers circuit sponsored by Noble Marine and the Inland Championships in September at Burton Sailing Club where you can be sure of another weekend of close racing throughout the fleet.

  • Overall Winner - Alistair Goodwin, Haversham Sailing Club
  • Runner Up - Alex Horlock, Exe Sailing Club
  • Silver Fleet Winner - Will Willett, Llandegfedd Sailing Club
  • Bronze Fleet Winner - John Human, Emberton Park Sailing Club
  • First Lady - Ellen Clancy, Cotswold Sailing Club
  • First Youth - Sean Ricketts, Bartley Sailing Club
  • First Master - Mark Platt, Bolton Sailing Club
  • First Veteran - Mike Gibson, Bartley Sailing Club
  • First Mark 1 Boat - James Adams
  • Team Prize - Cotswold Sailing Club
  • Family Prize - The Horlock Family

Overall Results:
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PosSail NoNameClubFleetCategoryR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10Pts
1st#1132Alistair GoodwinHavershamGoldStandard21‑54‑72124420
2nd#1060Alex HorlockExeGoldStandard‑11842112‑125326
3rd#1192Samuel KnightBartleyGoldStandard1511‑1048‑101930
4th#1245Cliff MillinerCotswoldGoldStandard3433147‑2542‑2540
5th#1033Iain HorlockExeGoldStandard‑1491175333‑20142
6th#1261Gavin YoungCotswoldGoldStandard478698‑101‑241053
7th#1281Eden HylandChase SCGoldStandard6‑16(DSQ)51351169863
8th#1031Sam PickeringChase SCGoldStandard76‑1715212139‑19266
9th#1276Robin KirbyWarsashGoldStandard910109‑12‑269510668
10th#1125Mark PlattBoltonGoldMaster1531286‑16714‑161479
11th#1239Chris BownesBartleyGoldStandard12147‑2018‑3115131113103
12th#1284Iain WilsonBoltonGoldMaster3820‑501236127‑4315113
13th#1220Mike CritchleyBoltonGoldMaster818‑331315‑5217111418114
14th#1147Will WillettLlandegfedd SCSilverStandard13‑49‑48211196302511126
15th#1133Matt ThursfieldChelmarsh SCSilverStandard‑481723312010419‑335129
16th#1201Christopher WilliamsCotswoldSilverStandard23122414‑331723‑32717137
17th#1258Ian HowettHavershamSilverMaster19252916‑492751715‑41153
18th#1224Chris HawleyBartleyGoldStandard‑332413‑3416242424630161
19th#1263Stephen HawleyBartleyGoldStandard(DNC)(DNC)20188291616477161
20th#1257Mike GibsonBartleyGoldVeteran172128‑29‑531928152220170
21st#1248Matthew WilliamsCotswoldGoldStandard41‑51624‑57182234828181
22nd#1184Garry ButterfieldBartleyGoldVeteran53814‑464511371829‑60197
23rd#1073Sean RickettsBartleySilverYouth2427‑66261720‑49392321197
24th#1264Andrew FlitcroftBoltonGoldMaster‑564140‑643838208319207
25th#1271Matt BiggsBartleyGoldMaster181521041318(DNC)(DNC)DNC208
26th#1166Richard LambertBough BeechSilverMaster2836‑6338213530‑421312213
27th#1110Andy ConwayFelphamSilverStandard‑54‑503717251536404616232
28th#1277Douglas RankinBlithfieldBronzeMaster3429‑442832‑4227233038241
29th#1267Jeremy HigsonBartleyGoldMaster‑592630303428343638‑39256
30th#1275Iain BarlowBurtonSilverStandard3239‑59‑56462240202732258
31st#1079Bob HorlockExeSilverVeteran‑5745‑5727194139211256260
32nd#1080James GerwatFelphamGoldMaster‑67‑632237591432223540261
33rd#1160Paul UndrellCotswoldGoldVeteran3133933‑64‑5755274827263
34th#1090Paul JonesChelmarsh SCBronzeVeteran35473411(RET)303149‑6726263
35th#1230Jonny EverettLlandegfedd SCSilverMaster2257‑61‑66414414501822268
36th#1203Steve JohnsonCotswoldSilverVeteran1622‑69225249‑79313642270
37th#553James AdamsLlandegfedd SCSilverStandard394236‑62‑542138442624270
38th#1266Alan BullSeafarers SCSilverMaster‑65532543‑632319355023271
39th#1049Tim GrahamExeBronzeStandard‑72303932‑705142282835285
40th#1231Phil TaylorBartleySilverMaster10‑61195242‑8335414445288
41st#1141Ellen ClancyCotswoldSilverStandard‑70345260292529‑653431294
42nd#1035Ian MoodieBoltonSilverMaster‑911351253150443845‑52297
43rd#1175Colin AndersonBlithfieldGoldStandard2921635404021(DNC)(DNC)DNC311
44th#1223Jon PebodyHuntsSilverMaster‑81232140653954‑693146319
45th#1123Mark NicholsonExeSilverMaster4362473626364333(DNC)(DNC)326
46th#1219Alistair BoydHavershamSilverStandard52‑6931533032265261(DNC)337
47th#1254Tony BleasdaleGirtonSilverMaster5143434543‑79‑64482154348
48th#1139Dana ChurchNottingham SCGoldVeteran62‑8371‑84273733293755351
49th#1202Martin BurgessBough BeechSilverMaster405935‑6955‑8261255533363
50th#1052Andrew BethellLilliputBronzeMaster6348‑97‑80224757563244369
51st#477Tony WithamBexhillSilverVeteran50‑100‑6857233341545761376
52nd#1241Dave WatkinsChase SCBronzeStandard665445‑686061502649(DNC)411
53rd#1012Nick ClaranceTeign Corinthian Yacht ClubBronzeStandard‑82727048245448‑746434414
54th#1069Brian SmithBowmoorSilverVeteran255673‑923558(DNC)555463419
55th#1179Chris HobbsBowmoorSilverMaster26403849394356(DNC)(DNC)DNC419
56th#1180David StephenBartleySilverStandard‑1085227‑86824671377529419
57th#561Mark HitchmoughBowmoorSilverMaster‑9260‑9489444862534249447
58th#1234Nick WhilesGirtonSilverMaster587741556759(DNC)6739(NSC)463
59th#1161Daniel RuleCarsingtonBronzeStandard‑8070‑8754587158614150463
60th#1099Peter HousleySutton in AshfieldSilverVeteran474464‑796845686068(DNC)464
61st#1256Andrew BownesBartleySilverVeteran2037(DSQ)23483463(DNC)DNCDNC481
62nd#1115Kevin BandBoltonBronzeMaster5374‑8147757552(DNC)5947482
63rd#1074Richard WilliamsBartleyBronzeMaster‑895846656668674766(NSC)483
64th#551Petra PotasseWalton and Frinton YachtclubBronzeMaster7473‑98‑83616053456064490
65th#1218Paul BatesHavershamSilverStandard426582‑95‑1026772635153495
66th#1172Eric GreenOgston SCBronzeVeteran866653‑10386‑9346725236497
67th#1196Steven MitchellHooe PointGoldVeteran4971321928(RET)(DNC)46DNCDNC501
68th#1171Mark MeadowsTeesdaleBronzeVeteran‑94‑908073626651575859506
69th#1124Colin RickettsBartleySilverStandard‑110‑1046070806545715365509
70th#1177Pete BinghamBowmoorSilverVeteran4480776191‑92(DNC)594067519
71st#1093Nick CoombesExeBronzeVeteran7675‑88‑88517059815651519
72nd#679Stephen BlairUlleyBronzeMaster68‑110‑10296876265516358550
73rd#1103Nigel DavisTamworthBronzeMaster602826397372(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC554
74th#1283Giles Horwitch SmithBartleyBronzeStandard93‑107588269‑9470756248557
75th#1210Andy BeardshawRedditch Sailing ClubBronzeMaster363518597878(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC560
76th#1174Steve YatesScammonden WaterBronzeVeteran553154513684(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC567
77th#1134Tom BaldwinCarsingtonSilverMaster37‑87758784‑8874777462570
78th#1233Robert VinceExeBronzeMaster‑9891‑10476798747707357580
79th#698Chris KnealeCardiff BayBronzeMaster75(DNC)8674(DNC)7769797843581
80th#1167Stuart StephenBartleyBronzeVeteran‑1008562947764765870(DNC)586
81st#1280Alex ReeveCotswoldSilverMaster30111544(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC612
82nd#1216Robert HillsCotswoldBronzeVeteran906849508580(DNC)62(DNC)DNC612
83rd#1237Stuart HallSilver WingsBronzeMaster9579568183637583(DNC)(DNC)615
84th#588Rob BellEmberton ParkBronzeMaster466478414785(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC617
85th#1187Philip DaviesScammonden WaterBronzeVeteran451992718155(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC619
86th#1272Andrew Goodman SmithAttenboroughSilverStandard859395(RET)(DNC)DNCDNC431737626
87th#1127Jason McDonnellBartleySilverMaster1036784903753(DNC)66(DNC)DNC628
88th#1057Ian CasewellCotswoldSilverVeteran878242425674(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC639
89th#1185John HumanEmberton ParkBronzeMaster‑1048810072‑1019678846569652
90th#1286Stephen WoodhouseChelmarsh SCBronzeMaster888685939369(DNC)6479(DNC)657
91st#703Tony EnglishBowmoorSilverStandard‑10998105678876738276(DNC)665
92nd#1083Serena StewardsonEmberton ParkSilverMaster‑1027867979795778571(DNC)667
93rd1293    96‑108106639898(DNC)687766672
94th#1207Adrian BockingBartleyBronzeMaster107921035872101(DNC)7369(DNC)675
95th#678Stephen WrightRiponBronzeStandard79112939971816676(DNC)(DNC)677
96th#1260Ben ViggarsBowmoorBronzeMaster10110290779291(DNC)7872(DNC)703
97th#1170David EvansRoadfordBronzeVeteran647691101968960(DNC)(DNC)DNC705
98th#631Malcolm CrundwellExeBronzeMaster7389(DSQ)755056(DNC)DNCDNCDNC727
99th#1236J. Paul SchofieldHuntsSilverVeteran784679859490(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC728
100th# 1156Paul MercerBoltonBronzeStandard1059774787673(RET)(DNC)DNCDNC759
101st#1131Karen SquireCarsingtonBronzeVeteran21847210299(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC762
102nd#1285Chris CatonBoltonBronzeVeteran71101(DSQ)(RET)8997DNC80DNC68762
103rd#1242Frank McMullenBoltonSilverMaster275555(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC777
104th#1140David BibbyChelmarsh SCBronzeMaster11395761007486(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC800
105th#1227James AdairHykeham Sailing ClubBronzeVeteran998189919099(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC805
106th#1235John WalpoleExeSilverVeteran773265(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC814
107th#1063Keith RixChipsteadBronzeVeteran69(DNC)(DNC)9895102DNCDNCDNCDNC876
108th#1056Paul McAlisterWelwyn GardenBronzeMaster106105107105103100(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC882
109th#652Jason ThornileyEmberton ParkBronzeStandard11410399104100(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC904
110th#1211Rob CornerAttenboroughSilverVeteran6110996(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC906
111th#598Mike GriffithsEmberton ParkBronzeVeteran112113109(DNC)104(DNC)DNC86DNCDNC908
112th#1269James PatersonBartleyBronzeMaster8499101(RET)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC924
113th#1191Rachel Vaughan JohnsBowmoorBronzeMaster9710683(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC926
114th#1091Shaun SmaleWelwyn GardenBronzeVeteran8396(RET)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC947
115th#472John WilliamsEmberton ParkBronzeMaster11194108(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC953
116th#707Ian WhiteEmberton ParkBronzeVeteran115111110(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC976
117th#587Steven TostevinRoadfordSilverVeteran(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC124
117th#1195Richard PakesHavershamGoldMaster(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC124
117th#1189Tom ChadfieldBlithfieldSilverMaster(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC124
117th#516Mark KilbyEmberton ParkBronzeStandard(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC124
117th#1135Gordon TweedleHavershamBronzeVeteran(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC124
117th#1246Anthony CritchleyBoltonGoldVeteran(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC124
117th#576Clive BrownBoltonSilverVeteran(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC124
117th#525Jasper MeijBoltonSilverStandard(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC124
117th#1062Michael AlexanderRutland WaterBronzeMaster(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC124

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