Scorpion Training 19th May 2018

Scorpion Training Day

Saturday 19 May 2018 @cBristol Corinthian Yacht Club


Please contact Malcolm for more information and to register interest


Join us in sunny Somerset on 19 May for the latest in our series of Scorpion training days. Starting at 1030 we have a packed schedule of classroom sessions, on-the-water drills, one-to-one coaching and all sorts of tips to help you enjoy sailing your Scorpion even more than you do already.

Chris Turner of Ovington Boats will be running the event, ably assisted by yours’ truly and we will tailor the day according to what you wish to get out of it. Helming and crewing skills will receive equal coverage at minimum; spinnaker drills, roll tacking, start line tactics, sailing backwards/ rudderless – you decide and we will plan/ implement it. Oh and we will also have a video camera to capture all of the action!

Chris Turner needs no introduction as he has a long association with the Scorpion class and is one of our most successful helms over the last decade; winning the National Championships twice (2006 crewed by Simon Maguire in 2001 ‘Zephyr’ and 2016 crewed by Alex Hayman in 2004 ‘Discreet Banana’) as well as being runner-up at Weymouth (again with Alex) in 2043 last year. But Chris’ experience is just as refined up at the sharp end too, with back-to-back wins in 1993 and 1994 crewing for Pete Harper so he knows how important the crew’s role is in the Scorpion and how to help improve your skills so that you become that ‘indispensable crew’!!

Bristol Corinthian YC are hosting this event thanks to the hospitality and drive of Sailing Secretary Rhys Lankaster (Scorpion 1951 ‘Sidewinder’). We’ll be sharing the water with the National Redwings who have their Inland Championships but Cheddar Reservoir is BIG (i.e. almost 1 mile diameter) so there will be plenty of water for all. We won’t actually need a lot of space for our sessions because we will be focusing on specific elements; not a race course per-se. Rhys has kindly invited us to stay on in the evening for a meal and traditional west country skittles; also to sail with the club races on the Sunday for those who want to experience this great piece of water for another day.

Entry fee is £15.00 per boat and limited camping is available on-site. Food and evening meal costs extra TBD. Either way this promises to be an excellent weekend’s Scorpion sailing for minimal outlay. And there is often an afternoon sea breeze off the Bristol Channel to make it feel like the sea …

Cheddar Reservoir is conveniently situated just off the A371 between Axbridge and Cheddar; 2 miles east of the A38 trunk road and approx. 8 miles north-east of the M5 Junc. 22.

Hope to see you there.


Please contact Malcolm for more information and to register interest

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