GUL Scorpion National Championships at Castle Cove. Day 3

The second day of the Scorpion nationals began with a steady force 4 which increased throughout the day. The 45 race ready Scorps eagerly assembled for a 12 noon start. The race committee had sensibly opted to run 3 races, as Wednesday is forecast to be too windy to sail.

Race 4 saw Pete & Rich leading the race from start to finish. With Sarah Parsons showing the boys how to do it rounding the windward mark in second place with husband Tim. Andy McKee & Stevie Graham managed to gybe inside Chris Turner and Alex Hayman at the wing mark to slip into third place. They then continued their charge up the beat to claim second place from Tim & Sarah.

With the wind building slightly, the race committee got race 5 underway quickly. John Mursell & Sam Barker 2020 managed a clean get away popping in a tack out to the right hand side of the race course. Mursell seems to have found his rhythm again, rounding the windward mark comfortably in first place.

They were chased hard by Andy & Steve 2042 and Alan & Simon 2034 with the rest of the fleet in hot pursuit. After two blistering reaches Andy & Steve attacked on the beat, closing to a couple of boat lengths. Alan & Simon 2034 chose to work the left side of the beat, but couldn’t improve their position, leaving them with a third place.

Race 6 saw much of the same tactics as race 5, where an early tack to the right paid dividends. With boats rolling each other all the way down the screaming reaches. The race ultimately came down to the narrowest of margins on the finish line, with Andy & Stevie 2042 only just taking the line from Pete & Rich 2039.

The fleet trooped back to the shelter of Weymouth harbour, leaving five intrepid boats on the water ready for the crews race. The rest of scorpion sailors gathered on Castle Cove balcony to spectate.

The lightweight brigade Sam Barker & Cara Jones in 2004 flew down the reaches and run overtaking Catherine Maguire who had to deal with Baz Wolfendens questionable kite flying skills. Only to have Catherine and Baz pass 2004 again on the upwind legs in the building breeze to eventually take the win.

Ami Jewell & Paul Grace claimed a very respectable 3rd place. While Micheal Riley took a break from the sharp end of Zephr to announce himself in fourth place with Malcolm James. Helen Miles, cleared the decks, stashed the mackerel lines and took the helm from Mr Fox bringing the boat home in a very credible fifth place.

The class would like to thank Allen Fittings for their continued support of the Scorpion fleet and for sponsoring todays spot prizes.


Photos by Amy Forbes

Malcolm James

South Cerney SC Gloucester GL7 5TH. Scorpions 2001 and 2011.