2014 Unicorn Nationals - Stone Report

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This is the Unicorn fleet on the beach at Stone SC ready to compete in the 2014 National Championships. The 8 boats represent 45% of the currently registered association members, a great effort, especially those that travelled some distance to attend. The racing and results are detailed in a separate report. The weather was fine warm and sunny for most of the week which pleased the campers and families. The social side of the week from live bands,games, quizzes, BBQ and prize giving dinner was enjoyed by all and  gave plenty of time to catchup with the latest news and meet old and new friends. Gary Piper must be congratulated on winning the championship for the 14th time but this year there were 4 different winners of the individual races making the competition closer. There were 5 wooden and three foam sandwich boats, 3 boats used the new GP sail and the remainder a Caws, all on Needlespa masts. This clearly demonstrates that the GP sail is a good replacement for the now unavailable Caws. The competitiveness of the foam sandwich hulls after 25 years is good news and the very smart overhaul by Steve Pooley of 1085 gave some interesting thoughts on future development of the glass Unicorn. Thanks to all the competitors for a great week and we hope to see more  attendees next year.