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Dan Jarman competing at the 2020 Stokes Bay National Championships

Congratulations to Dan Jarman on winning the 2020 National Championships. The 3 day event which was arranged by Gary & Tanya Piper in conjunction with Dave Roberts Stokes Bay SC. was one of the few UK championships in 2020 to actually take place due to the CORID 19 lockdown restrictions. Thanks to their efforts,  9 unicorns competed and enjoyed a closely contested championship in various wind strength  conditions. It was great to see two new sailors, Brian Whitney and Paul Grattage who finished respectively 3rd and 5th overall. All contestants completed the 8 race series which illustrates the reliability of well maintained Unicorns.  Most of the contestants used the latest GP sail which replaced the CAWS. Full race details are available in  a separate article. The Association AGM was held during the event. The minutes can be viewed in the members section of this web site. Gary Piper remains the Champion of Champions with 16 Titles. followed by John Wright 13 Titles and now Dan Jarman with 6 Titles. Hopefully 2021 will be a more normal year for sailing and it will be interesting to see if the more mature sailors can continue their reign as the leading UNICORN helms. Keep SAFE and WELL 

2020 Stokes Bay National Championships

Dan Jarman 2020 Unicorn National championship Winner

Unicorn Nationals 2020

Stokes Bay Sailing Club welcomed the Unicorn Catamaran fleet to hold their 2020 National Championships. There was an air of excitement among competitors in anticipation for the fine weather forecast for the long weekend of 4th -6th September.

Race officers Dave and Louise Roberts provided superb race management with slick turn-arounds between races. Friday’s first race started at mid-day as scheduled in a steady force 3 and late summer sunshine. Marginal trapezing conditions prevailed during race 1 as current title holder Dan Jarman built up a steady lead to take race 1 ahead of Brian Whitmey from Eastbourne making a great start to his championship debut. 

There was slightly less wind for the second start and most of the fleet arrived at the windward mark together. William Dawson made tactical gains downwind in the favourable central tide-flow to round the leeward mark slightly ahead. The breeze suddenly kicked in to a solid F4 where former champ Dawson covered on the second lap in full trapezing conditions to win race 2. 

As the afternoon wore on the breeze ramped up to a F5 for the final race of the day. Blasting off the start line into the Solent chop and brilliant sun made for a thrilling first beat lead by Richard Beke from Queensmead. Making the most of the downwind surf, Jarman managed to break away from the pack to take a second win of the day with another excellent performance from Whitmey hot on his heels.

Saturday provided a very similar weather pattern. Another newcomer to the class, catamaran specialist Paul Grattage, used his tactical prowess in the light conditions to gain a formidable win in race 4.

With the wind increasing to a solid F4 for the afternoon’s racing, again Jarman locked back into full-on mode to stay on top.

Stokes Bay sailor Gary Piper managed to put his earlier frustrations behind him to get back on his usual championship form, holding off short and frantic gybing duels going on behind to avoid the Solent ebb. Piper kept his cool to take race 6 in the closest racing in the series so far, with the finishing fleet divided only by seconds.

Very light breeze was predicted for the final day. Four different race winners and with the consistency of Brian Whitmey lying second overall, the series was still wide open.

Short tacking along the shore to avoid the tide was the order of the day. This gave the light weather experts Julius Mach, Will Stefanou and Iain Rogers the chance to get back in amongst the front runners and stir up the points even more. Piper’s form continued in the light wind, enough to pass Jarman on the final run back, finishing first and second respectively.

Similar tactics were key for the final race 8. Again, it was Paul Grattage who tracked down the best shifts and tides to notch up his second win of the event.

After a challenging week-end event, Dan Jarman eventually took top spot to retain the Mazzotti Trophy.

Results

1st Dan Jarman - GBR 1088 - Locks SC - 15 points

2nd Gary Piper – GBR 1094 – Stokes Bay SC – 19 points

3rd Brian Whitmey – GBR 1085 – Eastbourne SC – 21 points -

4th William Dawson – GBR 1091 – Stokes Bay SC – 24 points

5th Paul Grattage – GBR 1062 – Stokes Bay SC – 27 points

6th Richard Beke – GBR 1100 - Queensmead SC - 37 points

7th Will Stefanou – GBR 1098 – Stokes Bay SC – 40 points -

8th Julius Mach – GBR 1095 – Netley SC – 48 points

9th Iain Rogers – GBR 1092 – Bala SC – 61 points

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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