The Scorpion at 50

2020 marks the 60th Anniversary of the Scorpion class. From modest beginnings in 1960 the Scorpion has grown to almost 2,050 boats and is sailed at numerous clubs around the UK. We continue to go from strength to strength with several new boats currently under construction (wood and GRP), very strong interest in the secondhand market and undisputed winner of the prestigious Concours d’Elegance trophy at this year’s RYA Dinghy Show (Scorpion 2044 ‘Tallulah’).

Sadly we won’t be able to celebrate our success at the Penzance Nationals this August as planned (that will have to wait until same time same place in 2021) but we can reflect on the development of the class over the past 50 years thanks to Prof. Paul Barnes excellent research. Written to celebrate the Diamond Anniversary in 2010 Paul’s work draws on archive materials and verbal accounts to create an incisive history of the boat that we all love to sail! Enjoy!

The Scorpion at 50 Years by Prof P A Barnes

Malcolm James

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