Please select your home edition
Edition
Lloyd Stevenson Catalyst 45 728x90px2 TOP

Supernova Inland Championship at Burton Sailing Club

by Iain Barlow 23 Sep 03:05 PDT 4-5 September 2021
Supernova Inlands at Burton © Helen Lancashire

The Supernova 2021 Inland Championships were hosted by Burton Sailing Club near Derby on the 4th and 5th of Sept supported by our generous sponsors True North Sailing. After keeping an eye on the forecast all week it was clear that the fleet was going to be greeted by light winds, warm sunny weather and the largest Supernova Inland Championship fleet size of 57 sailors.

The preceding Friday saw 24 sailors attending the pre-event Supernova training day led by our RYA coach and current National Champion Alistair Goodwin. The training was very received focusing on the specifics of sailing on inland waters in light winds with all the sailors keen to put their new skills to practice as soon as possible. The training was provided free of charge by the Class Association and is a brilliant way to improve boat handling and tuning. There will be at least two free training days in 2022 for helms to take advantage of.

The Fleet arrived to receive a warm welcome from the host club who's friendly nature, catering arrangements and general organisation was just amazing and set everyone up for a great event.

The event scheduled a total of 6 races, with 4 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday with 5 races to count. The weather was set as a F2 blowing from the NE with lots of little shifty gusts. These conditions were consistent throughout the day making the priority sailing into some breeze as much as looking for the lifts as boat speed and keeping moving became the order of the day especially on the downwind legs.

Race 1 saw on a short port biased line in which the fleet got cleanly away splitting evenly to use the whole reservoir with some choosing the left along the dame wall, some the middle of the course and others the right looking for the pressure. As the left-hand side of the course failed to deliver the middle of the course won with Young rounding the windward and set off down the reach in a little pressure whilst the fleet filled in behind from both lay lines for a very busy first rounding. Johnson had a fantastic first beat rounding the mark in third. The downwind legs were slow with the fleet concentrating on keeping in the pressure. There were many place changes throughout the fleet with the leeward mark rounding seeing half the fleet looking to round together. The lead was never contested with the line honours being taken by Young (also winning the Paul Earnshaw Trophy), followed by Reeve, Butterfield, Knight and Milliner.

Race 2 started in similar conditions but after a sedate start the fleet were too eager to get away resulting in a general recall bringing out the black flag for the rest of the day. Other than one competitor over the line a clean start was made again from a port biased line. Again, the fleet split up the first beat everyone aiming towards small patches of pressure. The race was led by M.Platt, Critchley, Knight followed by Young. Again the fleet saw many place changes as the races progressed with G.Young moving up to 3rd until the last downwind leg in lights airs which saw the 3 leaders fighting for the lead and Milliner moving up through the fleet having taken a deep starboard line downwind. At the leeward Mark Platt was leading followed by Critchley who left a small but inviting space as he left the mark allowing Young to take advantage. The race finished with Platt taking the line followed by Young, Critchley, Milliner and Reeve.

After a Burton club lunch and little rest, the fleet returned to the water for Race 3, a new course and the black flag still flying with the light breeze becoming lighter. The race got off to a clean start with the fleet trying to position themselves based on the areas of pressure emerging moments before the start. The race started with some new leaders in Smith, Hawley, Milliner, Reeve, Higson and Bleasdale being amongst the action. The revised course was a longer run to a lighter wind corner of the reservoir with a second windward mark positioned in an interesting position that due to the shape of the reservoir provided some interesting lifts and headers depending on which bit of pressure in which position you navigated yourself through providing some interesting place changes before heading to the second leeway mark at the end of the lap. Again, with many place changes and Young recovering from a slow first leg to get back to the leading group the race finished with Hawley taking the win followed by Milliner, Young, Smith and Reeve.

With a lack of wind as the last of the fleet finished race 3 it was starting to look like the minimum 5knot restriction would not be met. After a small delay to agree the best course of action the breeze increased, and a windward leeward course was set to enable the last race to run before the last of the wind vanished.

Race 4 started with a square line with the favoured end changing with each puff of pressure under a black flag. With 3 boats OCS the fleet got away from the line for a busy Windward mark rounding as the leaders positioned themselves to get going down the run. After a couple of laps and some challenging downwind moments the race saw Hollis take the lead followed by Young, Platt, Knight, and Milliner.

At the end of day one the results were showing a Cotswold SC success with the top 3 position being taken by Young, Milliner and Reeve. After a great evening with the friendliest fleet, the amazing Burton hospitality and having held the class AGM the fleet thinned to rest their weary heads. The conditions may not have been physically challenging but it sure was a mentally tiring day with all the focus and concentration needed to make the most of the conditions.

Race 5 commenced on Sunday morning in an unexpected breeze now blowing from a more easterly direction. A new course was set with a simple beat reach and run, this time with a starboard favoured line. The fleet all wanted to start in the same place near the committee boat resulting in another general recall, invoking the use of the black flag once again. The second start got cleanly away with Young taking the starboard end of the line and choosing the right side of the course. Again, the fleet split between left and right sides with the right side paying and Young rounding the windward mark ahead followed by Higson, Platt, Hawley, Reeve and Gibson. As with all the races there where position changes throughout the fleet. After some real hiking at times the race finished with Young followed by Hawley, Reeve, Platt and Gibson.

Race 6 started under a black flag with a starboard favoured line and new course. The fleet were wary of the black resulting in a sagged line, a few taking advantage and light contact elsewhere as someone reached down the line refusing to give way as windward boat. Once away the race ran in a reasonable light breeze with Knight taking the lead followed by Critchley and Hawley, Thursfield, Bownes, and Gibson. After a good few place changes and again challenging downwind legs as the breeze gently dropped the race finished with Critchley taking the lead from Knight at the final mark followed by Hawley, Young and Gibson.

After 6 races the event saw a total of 5 different race winners with Young being the only sailor to take two bullets. The difficult conditions meant that consistency was the key with some great performances from Reeve and class stalwart Hawley, but with his most consistent performance to date the event saw Class Technical Advisor and no longer "The Bridesmaid" Young take the win whilst discarding a 4th place that most of the fleet would have loved to have had.

The Class would love to thank Burton SC for putting on an excellent event as well as the RO, AROs, Safety Boat crews, catering staff who kept us fed all weekend with breakfast dinner and tea, the bar staff and our sponsors True North. There were smiles throughout the fleet at the end of a fantastic event. In keeping with the classes inclusive friendly nature where everyone recognises the effort made by everyone to turn up and give it a ago prizes were awarded to the last place person from each race before moving to the main prizing giving.

Overall Results:

First Lady: Ellen Clancy - SN 1141 - Cotswold SC
First Youth: Sean Ricketts - SN 1073 - Bartley SC
First Silver Fleet: Alex Reeve - SN 1280 - Cotswold SC
First Bronze Fleet: Karen Squires - SN 1131 - Carsington SC
First Master: Alex Reeve - SN 1280 - Cotswold SC
First Veteran: Mike Gibson - SN 1257 - Bartley SC
Paul Earnshaw Trophy: Gavin Young - SN 1261 - Cotswold SC

PosHelmSail NoClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1stGavin Young1261Cotswold12321‑49
2ndStephen Hawley1263Bartley6‑10162318
3rdAlex Reeve1280Cotswold255‑103722
4thCliff Millner1245Cotswold5425‑9622
5thMark Platt1125Bolton121‑1834929
6thJohn Knight1192Bartley4‑1412414236
7thMike Gibson1257Bartley89‑1095536
8thAndy Bownes1256Bartley76138‑16842
9thJeremy Higson1267Bartley‑25158761248
10thAndy Flitcroft1264Bolton11814(OCS)81152
11thTony Critchley1246Bolton10317(DNF)30161
12thDana Church1139Nottingham13‑231611101363
13thGary Butterfield1184Bartley3181918‑321573
14thTony Bleasdale1254GIRTON15116(OCS)251875
15thMatthew Thursfield1133Chelmarsh161720(DNS)131076
16thMartin Smith1211Chelmarsh20134(DNF)112977
17thBrian Smith1069Bowmoor247221412‑2879
18thClive Brown1094Bolton141227(OCS)72383
19thBen Hollis1237?192011133(DNF)84
20thPaul Undrell1160Cotswold18‑30916192486
21stSteve Johnson1203Cotswold926151226‑3488
22ndIan Moodie1035Bolton2619‑3113171489
23rdIain Barlow1275Burton2716‑29172319102
24thAdrian Lumb1221Haversham‑282526261820115
25thPaul Jago428Girton22(OCS)24232422115
26thMark Meadows1171Teesdale2929725‑3626116
27thPhilip Hind412Ogston2328‑35291530125
28thDoug Rankin1277Blithfield3624‑43152727129
29thEllen Clancy1141Cotswold‑372137242225129
30thJohnny Everett1230llandegfedd35‑3632192916131
31stRob Bell588Emberton Park21‑4934222038135
32ndSean Rickerty1073Bartley30272520‑3833135
33rdColin Rickerty1124Bartley31322836‑3921148
34thSerena Stewartson1083Emberton Park4022‑50274317149
35thDavid Scott1200Elton4233212141(DNF)158
36thDave Bentley1061Burton‑414030352832165
37thIan Casewell1057Cotswold‑433538303135169
38thJames Adair1227Hykeham‑473744283731177
39thJohn Pebody1223Hunts17393331(DNC)DNC181
40thPete Bingham1177Bowmoor394441(OCS)2142187
41stStuart Stephen1167Bartley(DNF)3439324043188
42ndKaren Squire1131Carsington38(DNF)42334437194
43rdGiles Horwithch‑S1283Bartley(DNC)5045373536203
44thNigel Davis1103Tamworth323123(DNS)DNCDNC208
45thMike Griffith1196Emberton Park3451‑57404640211
46thKarl Richardson598Emberton Park4454‑56344539216
47thDavid Stephen1180Bartley494346(DNS)4241221
48thPaul Bates1218Haversham(DNF)3836OCS34DNF230
49thNick Whiles1234Girton334240(DNS)DNCDNC237
50thPaul Burton1032Girton45454838(DNC)DNC237
51stIan White707Emberton Park(DNF)5355424744241
52ndPhil North660Notts County52465241(DNC)DNC252
53rdMark Ramsey526Ardingly Res50555139(DNC)DNC256
54thSteve Jellicoe1009Olten Mere484147(DNS)DNCDNC258
55thAndrew Goodman‑Smith1272Attenborough514849(DNS)DNCDNC270
56thPaul Bickley691Olten Mere465254(DNS)DNCDNC274
57thDave Bibby1140Chelmarsh534753(DNS)DNCDNC275
58thRichard Lambert1166Bough Beech(DNC)DNCDNCDNSDNCDNC305
58thED Johnson1130Girton(DNC)DNCDNCDNSDNCDNC305
58thMartin Burgess1202Bough Beech(DNC)DNCDNCDNSDNCDNC305

Related Articles

Noble Marine Supernova Travellers at Haversham
A really good turnout in spite of the light winds It was a really good turnout of 19 Supernovas, including 14 visitors, at the Noble Marine Traveller Series event at Haversham SC, in spite of the light wind forecast. Posted on 18 Oct
Noble Marine Supernova Travellers at Bolton
September 2021 was characterised by light winds and warm weather September 2021 has been characterised by light winds and warm weather and this was very much the theme for the Bolton Sailing Club Supernova Open. Posted on 1 Oct
Noble Marine Supernova Travellers at Attenborough
The usual challenge of island threading and lots of fun 'power gybes' 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. Posted on 18 Aug
Noble Marine Supernova Travellers at Girton
A respectable turnout of 16 boats, including 9 visitors It was a respectable turnout of 16 boats at the Noble Marine Traveller Series event at Girton SC, including nine visitors. Competitors were greeted by early sunshine and modest 10 gusting 20 knots of breeze. Posted on 17 Aug
Supernova 25th Anniversary Nationals at Plymouth
What better way to celebrate than with the biggest entry to date? 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. Posted on 14 Jul
Noble Marine Supernova Travellers at Bartley
A record turnout for the club 41 boats from 11 different clubs attended the Bartley SC Noble Marine Supernova Open on Sunday June 20th making it a record turnout for the club. Posted on 2 Jul
Supernova Sea Championship at Exe
32 sailors take part, despite the stormy conditions Despite the stormy conditions that ran across the country on the Thursday and Friday before the event, 32 sailors took to the water on Saturday 22nd May at Exe Sailing Club for the 2021 Supernova Sea Championship. Posted on 4 Jun
Big Numbers, Big Sponsors
A staggering 128 boats registered for the 2021 Supernova Nationals Wow, with 4 months to go before 2021 Supernova Nationals entries have reached a staggering 128 boats. With the biggest entry in the history of the class, it's sure to be an amazing event and there is still time to sign on. Posted on 22 Feb
All go for the 2021 Supernova Nationals
Ambitious target of having 120 boats on the start line on 25th anniversary year 2021 sees the Supernova Class turn 25 and what better way to celebrate then to set ourselves the ambitious target of having 120 boats on the start line at our National Championship! Posted on 10 Jan
Supernovas at Bolton
Characterised by risk assessments, social distancing and the 'rule of six' We will all remember 2020, though for all the wrong reasons. Like much of life, the Bolton Supernova Open Meeting was characterised by risk assessments, social distancing and the 'rule of six'. Posted on 18 Nov 2020
Vaikobi 2021 FlexForce - FOOTERHenr-Lloyd BLU FOOTERRooster 2020 - Impact BA - FOOTER