Zhik and Coast Watersports Scorpion Nationals Day 4

After a lay day for lack of wind on Day 3, Day 4 loomed with 58 Helms & Crews all chomping at the bit to get back out on the water.After a muddy launch at low tide, and long sail to get out to where the committee boat was laying a course.

From the start of Race 4, hitting the right hand side of the course seemed to pay large dividends for the competitors who ventured there looking for some tide assisted speed. The more wind on the left (inshore) looked enticing put didn’t pay off on the slack water.

In changeable, shifty conditions with enough wind to ‘put the pudding’ on the side allowed a little bit of excitement on the reaches.

Scorpion Legends Peter Rose & John Rose (1995, Chew Valley) brought home a win followed by Pete (Mav) Mitchell & Simon (Monty) Forbes (2034, Staunton Harold) keeping the championship wide open, multiple times Scorpion Champion Chris Turner with Alex Hayman (2006, Lyme Regis) brought up third and current 2nd place Pete Grey & Rich Pepperdine (2022 Staunton Harold) kept the pressure on leaders Andy McKee & Chris Massey (2026 Dovestone)

Race 5 got off in similar fashion, however a huge swing in the breeze tuned the second reach into the a beat for the second half of the fleet. The race committee, swinging the windward mark though 90 degrees to adjust for the wind. However 32 boats missed the committees launch, indicating the change, and passed outside of it, rather than between the mark and the launch. Leading to 30+ boats retiring for an infringement of the course.

At time of publish this protest hasn’t been resolved so results as of Race 4 have been published

As pf Race 4, Pete Gray & Rich Pepperdine are sitting in top position with Andy McKee & Chris Massey very close behind. 3rd is currently tied between Chris Turner & Alex Hayman and Tom Jeffcoate & Tom Pygall.