Please select your home edition

Noble Marine Supernova Travellers at Attenborough Sailing Club

by Tony Bleasdale 18 Aug 2021 10:01 PDT 15 August 2021
Noble Marine Supernova Travellers at Attenborough © Sally Bleasdale

The second leg of the Midlands Double Header attracted a turnout of ten boats for the Noble Marine Traveller Series event at Attenborough SC, including six visitors.

Competitors were treated to sunny conditions initially but the cloud base thickened as the day wore on, accompanied by a fluctuating and gusty 13 gusting 26 knots of breeze, from the West North West, which made for the usual Attenborough challenge of 'island threading' combined with lots of fun 'power gybes'.

The Race Officer had been out early and a course had been set for the planned two back-to-back morning races. The Lead Boat was a much appreciated navigation aid on this particular lake.

Everyone got away cleanly for the first race start, with the starboard side proving advantageous initially to clear the island banks' influence. Matt Biggs from Bartley SC led at the windward mark followed by fellow Bartley sailor, Colin Anderson and Alex Reeve from Cotswold SC. These three held on to take the podium in that order, whilst behind one or two mishaps, capsizes, groundings and lee island wind hole marooning led to quite a few changes of position, and local sailor, Kevin Last led the pack home to take fourth.

Race 2 was a repeat of the first race up front with the slight variation of the battle for second saw Alex Reeve come out on top of Colin Anderson. Matt Biggs was clearly relishing the complexity of the pot and took his second bullet. The rest of the fleet were not all having quite as much fun, with Dana Church again racking up some disconcerting mishaps, although neither head nor hull sustained any physical damage.

After a break for a relaxing lunch overlooking the picturesque lake from the sheltered balcony terrace of the new clubhouse, the sailors went back out into a steady breeze, which had eased and shifted a little more to the West, for the event's final race.

The fleet started the third race cleanly and Dana Church showed great awareness to take advantage of the shift to gain a spectacular port end flyer that saw him round the windward mark in first with Matt Biggs chasing and Alex Reeve in third.

Dana put the Friday Class training to good use, and with his boat set up for flexible gust response on flat water and his sheeting and pointing technique honed by Alistair Goodwin's coaching, Dana was able to stay up front and was just pipped for the win by the masterly Matt. Alex Reeve took third place to secure a podium position. After a good start Tony Bleasdale also put the Class Pre-Nationals training into action and managed to hold onto fourth place after a two lap battle with Colin Anderson.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3Pts
1st1271Matt BiggsBartley SC‑1112
2nd1280Alex ReeveCotswold SC‑3235
3rd1175Colin AndersonBartley SC23‑55
4th1139Dana ChurchNottingham SC6‑928
5th1254Tony BleasdaleGirton SC5‑649
6th1237Paul HollisBartley SC(RET)4610
7th1077Kevin LastAttenborough SC4‑7711
8th1075Bob CurstemontAttenborough SC75‑912
9th708Nick RossAttenborough SC‑88816
10th1272Andrew Goodman‑SmithAttenborough SC9‑101019

Related Articles

Craftinsure Supernova Traveller at Ogston
A healthy turnout of 30 boats Following the success of the first Supernova Craftinsure Traveller held at Ogston Sailing Club in 2022, the 16th September saw some eager sailors ready to do it all over again. Posted on 24 Sep
Supernova Inlands at Grafham Water
The biggest collection of Supernovas inland ever Class Chairman Iain Barlow had worked hard to get 69 pre-entries signed up for the Hartley Boats Inland Championships - the single biggest collection of Supernovas Inland in the Class' history. Posted on 9 Sep
Craftinsure Supernova travellers at Burton
Steve Hawley enjoys the top spot on the unusual mushroom podium On Friday 11 August the Supernova Class Association supported a Class training day at Burton - an event free to Class Association members. The coach for this event was national and multiple inland champion / all round class legend, Mike Gibson. Posted on 19 Aug
Supernova Inlands - Runners and Riders
A lot has changed since the event was last at Grafham Water Do you remember queuing up to watch Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire or perhaps Star Wars Episode III (Revenge of the Sith), all whilst listening to Nizlopi's JCB song on your Ipod Nano? Posted on 12 Aug
Supernova Traveller Series at Blithfield
The race team set a course attempting to use every inch of sailable water Blithfield Sailing Club hosted their round of the Supernova Craftinsure Traveller series on the 29th July 2023. The forecast for the day was for a fresh westerly breeze and a bit of sunshine, perfect for Blithfield. Posted on 1 Aug
Supernova Inlands set for Grafham in September
Will it be a record-breaking event? This year's Supernova Inland Championship on 2nd and 3rd September could break records as there are already well over 40 entrants with six weeks to go! Could the event attract 60+ boats, or even hit the maximum of 80? Posted on 23 Jul
Girton Supernova Open
Gusty Girton lives up to its name Gusty Girton lived up to its name when 18 Supernovas arrived for their annual open meeting. The competitors from as far apart as Cotswold and Winsford were greeted by force 4 gusting 6 wind diagonally across the lake. Posted on 17 Jul
Supernova Nationals at Paignton overall
As expected the team at Paignton were phenomenal all the way through the event Paignton Sailing Club was once again host to one of the largest fleets of single handed dinghy - the Supernova National Championships - which took place on 30 June, 1 and 2 July. Posted on 3 Jul
Supernova Nationals at Paignton Day 2
A challenging three race day in strong winds After a tiring day one at the Hartley Boats Supernova National Championships, the slightly stronger breeze of day two was going to push the fleet with four races planned. Posted on 1 Jul
Supernova Nationals at Paignton Day 1
The 94 competitors had a tough first day battling the fresh gusts Paignton certainly delivered for the first day of the Hartley Boats Supernova National Championship - a solid 17 to 20+ knot offshore breeze and three well run races. Posted on 30 Jun