End Of Seasons – A Weekend of Two Halves
24 Scorpions made the trip to Northampton for the final fleet event of the 2017 season and the opening event for the 2018 Silver Scorpion Series. Tight and competitive racing was promised with several past champions / new names / pairings appearing in the fleet, which made the entry list interesting reading. There was much excitement surrounding 1923 which has recently been beautifully restored by Sam Barker & Cara Jones.
The event was being shared with the Ents and Larks which could only mean that a fabulous social evening was also on the cards… the racing and evening were above and beyond expectations.
The fleet turned up to a mirror calm Pitsford on Saturday morning much to the concern of the heavyweights, but by contrast much to the excitement of the lightweights. By the start of race time the breeze had built to around the 7 knot mark which held for the day. Though the breeze direction wasn’t stable the Race office, current Scorpion National Champion Crew Steve Graham, did a good job setting a P course for the three fleets to do battle. The whole fleet experienced good close racing with places changing throughout the races giving wide variations on the result sheet. Rachael Rhodes / Hannah Edge 2023 had perfected their roll tacking in races 1 & 2 out manoeuvring several boats up the beats on their way to the top three, loosing out to Alan Krailing / Simon Forbes 2034 by a cat whisker on the line. There was a consistent performance from Pete Gray/Andy Davis who led from the start and took 3 straight bullets.
Once everyone had dried off, warmed up and got their posh frocks on the black tie event kicked off…The Scorpion End of Seasons – Enterprise Winter Champs – Lark Winters Combined PARTY!!!! over 100 people from near and far attended including many people who weren’t sailing and just wanted to come for a good old dance! The club did a fantastic job of organising the catering and bar. After food, the wine started flowing along with a disco and dancing long into the night.
Sunday morning dawned with several sore heads and a heavy, gusty, shifty wind to just make things interesting for those who had drunk one too many.
After a long postponement before the first race due to a dis-masted Enterprise on the start line the fleet soon got into the flow of heavy wind sailing again and started to blast around the course quite happily (or scarily) at times! This did also result in quite a few swims to wash away the cobwebs and the remanence of the hangovers. Alan Krailing/Simon Forbes 2034 decided to capsize in style … death rolling right onto the leeward mark in front of the whole fast approaching scorpion fleet who dropped their kites around them, making useful comments like ‘you are in the way!’ with replies from 2034 referencing a famous detective.
As racing progressed through Sunday the wind didn’t calm down and the fleet started to whittle away with breakages, exhaustion and general frustration. Despite this everyone had good fun and enjoyed close racing. Tim Parsons / Sarah Parsons were consistent, managing to move up the results sheet to secure 2nd place, while Pete and Andy continued their dominance with three more bullets.
Congratulations to Peter Gray / Andy Davis for their win and a massive Thank You! to all at Northampton Sailing Club for hosting a great event and finally to Carol Ford form the Enterprises for organising the amazing event.
Please visit https://pgc.pixieset.com for more photos by Paul Gibbins.
All of the 2018 open events are now on the website www.sailscorpion.co.uk so take a look and get them in your diaries.
Don’t forget keep an eye on the website/facebook for some exciting news coming up and entries for the Nationals in Tenby will be open soon so get booking your accommodation now!
We hope to see some of you during the winter at they sailjuice events, I’m sure you will all come and say hello at the dinghy show on the 3/4th March and we WILL see you all at the first Scorpion event of next year at Bough Beech on 14/15th April.
Photos by Chris BowenWinters EOS 2017 Scorp Results pdf