Scorpion National Championships 2019: Winners of the Pro-Am Trophy, Catherine Maguire, Ellie Pegg, Andrea Fellows and Steve Jarman

A hotly-contested trophy (actually a matching pair of scale model wooden Scorpion hulls kindly donated to the class by Dave Elston’s dad) where boats in the top half of the fleet are paired up with those in the lower half – the actual pairings decided by the Committee around the bar, based on the results of Race 1 and Race 2.

With Barry & Linda Wolfenden yachting somewhere on the high seas and Scorpion 2043 loaned elsewhere, regular crew Catherine Macguire stepped back into the driving seat and ably crewed by Andrea Fellows piloted Scorpion 2033 ‘Legal High’ to a very respectable 12th place overall (it would have been higher but for a failed main halyard when lying 4th during Race 8). Their team mates Ellie Pegg and Steve Jarman in Scorpion 2027 ‘A la Carte’ (requisitioned from her parents Carol & John Haines) also sailed consistently well to place 16th overall, resulting in a cumulative nett score (i.e. after discards) of 214 points – two points clear of Pete Gray/ Rich Pepperdine (Scorpion 2039 ‘Inside Voice’) and Dave Snutch/ Nick Orgles (Scorpion 2037 ‘Pickled Wombat’.

The bandit pairing of Chris Yates/ Dave Barker (Scorpion 1959 ‘Princess Tiger Lily and the Lardy Boys’) and Nigel Potter/ Simon Hibbert (Scorpion 1958 ‘Barbarians for Breakfast’) came in a worthy 3rd on 218 points, highlighting the competitiveness of 20 year old wooden boats and veteran helms (although we’re still not quite sure who was the ‘Pro’ and ‘Am’ in that particular combo!). NB. Nigel and Simon demonstrated stunning pace from the Trent Bridge End in Races 7 through 10 with two third places and a second to ease into 11th place overall – it would undoubtedly have been Top 10 for them had not fate showed its hand with gear failure in Race 1.

Malcolm James

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