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2013 Bala by Owen Cox

 

Owen Cox

7 May 12:06

So back from Bala late last night. Unfortunately I had to leave before the prize giving but I am happy to say I got 3rd place overall which in Saturday and Sunday against assymetric boats was better than I hoped for. There was some hot competition there and certainly challenging conditions. I had a broken rudder bar in the first race which I fixed with a piece of my launching trolley screwed inside within 10 minutes then just about made the start line for the second race. In that one my traveller jammed on a gybe and I capsized. Managed to right her and carry on managing to pull off a second place as most others capsized too! From there on the wind lessened slightly and some great sailing was had by all. Monday brought light winds and lovely sun which was very pleasant. There is a photo of my road train on the way up and one showing the fantastic scenery at Bala. - at Bala Catamaran Club, Lake Bala, North Wales

 
 

7 May 12:06

So back from Bala late last night. Unfortunately I had to leave before the prize giving but I am happy to say I got 3rd place overall which in Saturday and Sunday against assymetric boats was better than I hoped for. There was some hot competition there and certainly challenging conditions. I had a broken rudder bar in the first race which I fixed with a piece of my launching trolley screwed inside within 10 minutes then just about made the start line for the second race. In that one my traveller jammed on a gybe and I capsized. Managed to right her and carry on managing to pull off a second place as most others capsized too! From there on the wind lessened slightly and some great sailing was had by all. Monday brought light winds and lovely sun which was very pleasant. There is a photo of my road train on the way up and one showing the fantastic scenery at Bala. - at Bala Catamaran Club, Lake Bala, North Wales

2012 Unicorns at Rutland

Three Unicorns set out from London to attend their first Cat Open meeting in 2012 at Rutland over the May 19/20 weekend. They comprised of Steve Pooley sailing 1086, Richard Beke 1072 and new unicorner John Moore 1084 with his newly rebuilt Trowbridge hulls ,ex R Dorks and a few other people.

The main objective was to test the competiveness of the Unicorn with its recently adjusted SCHRS handicap rating of 1.146. There were 24 boats entered, including 8 x 'A' Class and the three Unicorns. The courses were all windward / leeward.

Saturday 19th May - 3 back to back races in light winds provided a good days sailing with 1086 finishing best of the Unicorns at 11th overall by the end of the day. All participants were a little tired by the end due to lack of time on the water this year.

Sunday 20th May - 3 races back to back in medium strength winds.

Race 1  Frustrating day, my ( Steve ) trapeze harness disintegrated on the 1st beat, so I retired to purchase a new one ! With 3 back to back races and a building breeze, this seemed like the only sensible option.

Race 2  I had a cracking start and got away from the main fleet in clear air and was the 2nd boat to the top mark. This was gearing up to be by far my best race until starting the 3rd lap. I lept out onto the trapeze and snapped the adjustment rope, resulting in a swim and capsize! The boat had turtled by the time I had swam after it leading to another retirement


Race3  Richard decided to give me a run for my money and we battled and changed places through out all 4 laps, but I pipped him to the line to get a 7th - my best finish of the weekend.

With 2 Retirements and only 1 discard available I slipped down overall to 13th overall and Richard was 14th

John struggled with Glasgow 'kiss ' for most of the weekend due to various gear failures and lack of time in the boat. This being only the second time he has sailed a Unicorn, he was pleased not to be last, finishing 23rd out 24

Overall we where pleased with the results, especially as we split the 8 modern A classes, beating 4 of them on handicap and in 2 of the races, I got six of them on the water as well !

The courses for the weekend where all windward leeward, suiting the faster spinnaker boats so we had our sights set on the A-Classes who from the comments in the bar where very surprised just how quick these classic A classes of ours are!

An exciting and eventful weekend, although we are a little wiser and poorer! Hope to see more of you fellow Unicornersat the next Open event.     Steve Pooley 1086

Unicorns at Isle of Sheppey

 

Unicorns at Round the Isle of Sheppey Race

Congratulations to Steven Pooley and Richard Beke for competing and finishing this epic 35 mile Race in force 5 / 7 winds while most of us had already put our boats away for the Season. Steven sailing 1085 Original Sin was 5th fastest boat and 12th on corrected time, while Richard was 33 rd on corrected time. Once again this illustrates that the Unicorn is still a competitive and reliable craft. Peter Toft

 

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