Notts County Regatta

Scorpions at Notts. County Sailing Club May Bank Holiday Regatta 2018

With near perfect weather conditions (i.e. blue skies, warm and breezy) and excellent organisation courtesy of James and Philippa Logan, six Scorpions enjoyed a busy late-May Bank holiday weekend competing at the annual Notts. County late-May Bank Holiday Regatta.


Always a popular and friendly weekend, this year saw a record 185 people registered, with over 75 boats competing for the three different class events. It is fair to say that there was a wide range of different dinghy classes represented, with sailors of all ages and abilities taking part in the fun. Having more than five boats entered the Scorpion Fleet enjoyed their own starts! Those with sharp eyesight would also have spotted a certain Mr John Clementson, sailing his Graduate on this occasion instead of Scorpion 2019 (the Graduates having joined us for their National Championships which were run as a parallel event to the Regatta).

After registration on Saturday morning the racing commenced with the Commodore’s Cup (Handicap ‘Fast’, ‘Slow’ and ‘Juniors’ fleets). The Scorpions raced in the Fast fleet alongside various RS types, an Icon and a Fireball, with Jamie Mawson from Notts. County SC setting a blistering pace in his RS600 to take the first two wins, followed by a 3rd (Jamie sailing pretty much flawlessly and setting a very high standard for the whole weekend). He was followed in all but one race by Janet and Alan Ritchie from Chipstead SC sailing their familiar (some would say ‘dramatic’) yellow Scorpion 2005 ‘Drama Queen’, with Matt Potter and John Rowell third in the first race piloting a Fireball (instead of a Scorpion). Back in a Scorpion for the first time in too many years were Luke Hardy and John Wells sailing 1967 ‘Roller Coaster’, the boat looking immaculate and clocking up equally impressive 4th and 1st places to take third overall; their win coming after an unfortunate OCS in race 2. 

Out of the 16 entrants in the Fast fleet for the Commodore’s Cup, the Scorpions put in a solid aggregate performance with the extracted results as follows: 

Commodore’s Cup: Scorpion Results

Sail No. Helm Crew Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Total Nett Posn.
2005 Janet Ritchie Alan Ritchie (2.0) 2.0 2.0 6.0 4.0 2
1967 Luke Hardy John Wells 4.0 (17.0 OCS) 1.0 22.0 5.0 3
2017 John Willars Nicola Willars (5.0) 4.0 5.0 14.0 9.0 5
2023 Chloe Willars Laura Moore (11.0) 8.0 6.0 25.0 14.0 9
2037 Dave Snutch Mike Grayton 10.0 9.0 17.0 (DNC) 36.0 19.0 12
1287 Victoria Smith Graham Smith/ Sam Smith 13.0 11.0 17.0 (DNC) 41.0 24.0 13
1987 Adrian Jones Sam Jones 14.0 17.0 (DNC) 17.0 (DNC) 51.0 24.0 15


Aimed at Novices and Juniors, the Regatta Cup saw 43 entries with racing over a short course.  We saw four Scorpion entries – two being sailed by junior sailors with Hayden Moore and Chloe Willars paired in 2023, and Sam Grayton with Jake Willars sailing 2017. Both sailed exceptionally well, spinnakers up on every opportunity and no capsizes!  Sailing her recently renovated Scorpion 1287, new member Victoria Smith took the honours to win the Regatta Cup with her crew John Wells.

Regatta Cup: Scorpion Results

Sail No. Helm Crew Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Total Nett Posn.
1287 Victoria Smith John Wells 9.0 3.0 44.0 (DNC) 56.0 12.0 6
2017 Sam Grayton Jake Willars 10.0 44.0 (DNC) 10.0 64.0 20.0 12
2037 Mike Grayton Dave Snutch 12.0 44.0 (DNC) 44.0 (DNC) 100.0 56.0 23
2023 Chloe Willars Laura Moore 13.0 44.0 (DNC) 44.0 (DNC) 101.0 57.0 24

The third major race on each day was for the Class trophy and visitors Janet and Alan Ritchie were the overall victors sailing Drama Queen. Having won with a race to spare they then very generously split up to do some ‘1-on-1’ race coaching; Chloe helming Drama Queen (and making Alan work even hard up-front) whilst Mike crewed for Janet in 2023 (well that was the sail no. on the day but she is actually 2002 ‘Silverballs’ to us sharp-eyed boat spotters)!