John King

It is with sadness that we report the death of John King. John passed away on the 8th June aged 91 after a short illness.

John was Secretary of the National Scorpion Class Association for 20 years. During his time as Secretary the Class enjoyed unprecedented growth culminating in an entry of 166 boats at Saundersfoot in the mid 70’s.

John first moved to the class in 1964 having previously sailed Herons. He attended his first Nationals at Hayling Island in 1965. All John’s Scorpions were home built including making the masts for the first two. He further developed the ‘stitch’ system for use in building Scorpions.

John was also Chairman of the Organising Committee for Sailboat and served on the RYA Centreboard Committee for many years.

Through his work as a teacher John introduced many boys to the thrill of sailing and canoeing. He further encouraged many to build their own craft.

In later life he owned the keelboat ‘Vita Nova’ and spent many years enjoying cruising in the Solent from his base in Chichester harbour.

Last year John had the pleasure to attend and watch one day of the Scorpion Nationals at Lyme Regis. It was nice to meet up with old faces and he appreciated the great company

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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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