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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