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.

 

John Purdie

John is a relative late comer to sailing and even later getting into sailing dinghies. Despite having a lifelong fascination with most things boat, his first sailing experience didn’t come until 1999 at the age of 17 when he spent two weeks aboard the 135′ 340 ton, STA Sir Winston Churchill, as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award Scheme. Over the last 12 years John has logged more than 15,000 mainly blue water miles with various tall ships and as a volunteer with the Tall Ships Youth Trust (the modern day Sail Training Association) 72′ Challenger Fleet, crossing the Atlantic both ways and competing in the 2011 Rolex Fastnet. After floating around in other classes for a few years, John found the Scorpion in 2011 and has never looked back, competing (as crew) in the last two Nationals and regularly on the National Circuit. John is based just outside Chester, Cheshire.

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