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2019 December Latest News

It is confirmed that Gary Piper sailing 1094 has won the 2019 Unicorn travellers trophy with Dan Jarman close behind in the points. I inadvertently published these results in the September Latest News Report but as no further races took place in 2019 they were correct. At the 2019 Nationals it was the 2018 Travellers Trophy which was presented, also won by Gary. Congratulations to Gary for his attendance at these meetings which are held around the UK and promote the Class.

It seems that the Unicorns have been tucked away for the Winter early this year, while the top Class sailors have been trying their hand at foiling their A Class boats with various degrees of success and frustration !

It is now confirmed that the 2020 Unicorn Nationals will be held at the Stokes Bay Sailing Club on the Solent in Hampshire from the 4th to the 6th September 2020. Please reserve this date in your new 2020 diary. They are planned to be held in conjunction with 'A' Class Nationals which should make for an interesting event. Full details will  be published by Stokes Bay S C early in 2020.

2019 has been a good year for sailing with mainly moderate strength winds, except for the Nationals at Stone, which tested the competitors and boats to their limits for sailing. The Unicorn once again proved its strength and competitiveness at Open Meeting events and is excellent value for adrenaline seeking single handed sailors. Try to get more of your fellow Club Members to try sail a Unicorn and get them on the water competing with us in 2020.

On behalf of the Unicorn Committee we wish you all a very Happy Christmas and New Year.

1973 Bob Dorks wins Unicorn European Title

 

 

 

HOT SKROD Sail number 500 sailed by Bob Dorks

During the 2019 National Championships Bob Dorks the 1973 Unicorn European Champion attended the prize giving dinner. Bob was the first and only UK sailor to achieve this prize and many people present requested information regarding this unique achievement. Bob was one of the founder members of the Unicorn Association in the UK and assisted in the development of the boat to its current high specification. He won the UK National title five times and finally hung up his sailing boots in 2016. He was Chairman of the Association for 20 years so he can be considered as the rock which the Class has depended on for most of the 50 Years it has existed. The article below details the event in 1973 which was held at Cat Club Sheppey and was published in Yachting & Boating Weekly. This magazine was edited, printed and published in the UK with a world wide distribution. Can you imagine such a prolific sailing publication today and all for £6.50 annual subscription, which included postage. for American readers the subscription was US $20. How times have changed. Bob was also the co-author of Unicorn Technology, first published in the 1970's but it is still pertinent today accept for the sail control lines and pulley systems. Still a good read for any new sailor to the Unicorn fleet. If interested in purchasing a PDF copy for £10 to support the Association Funds, please contact my self by E Mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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