Scorpion Nationals 2013 @ Sidmouth – Day 4 & 5

After a short postponement the fleet went afloat in a light south easterly breeze. John and James Mursell had finally found their form to lead at the windward mark closely followed by Steve hall and Oli Wells and Tim Parsons and Alex Hayman. Steve and Oli fought their way through to the lead ahead of John and James Mursell with Pete Gray and Rich Pepperdine clinching third place after a good last beat.

The second race of the day started at the first attempt! With Steve hall and Oli Wells being persued by Pete Gray the leading pair did not have the best start. Following a left hand shift up the first beat John and James lead the race from start to finish from Andy McKee and Steve Graham and another good result from Tim and Alex who had finally found the go button on their new HD sails.

The fleet retired to the bar for the classic letter D fancy dress night. Daily prizes were kindly sponsored by Gul and the fleet partied long into the night with duck feathers, inflatable boats and skinny dipping before heading to the legendary Carinas night club!

After a massive night with the fancy dress party, several members of the fleet were feeling delicate for the final day of racing, with some sailors not even managing to stay conscious for the duration of the race. The race finally got away on the 3rd attempt with a hand full of black flags. Pete Mitchell and Simon Forbes lead from the start and finally managed to get a race win! After a battle in the leading pack it was Steve hall and Oli wells who took second and Tim parsons and Alex Gayman took third.

This result was enough for Steve and Oli to take the championship from Pete and Rich with Pete and Simons victory helping them to hold on for third place. A big thank you to Sidmouth sailing club and race officer John Keast for a great week of sailing.

Overall Results:
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Pos Sail No Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R7 R8 Pts
1 2030 Steve Hall Oliver Wells ‑43 3 1 1 2 1 4 12
2 2022 Peter Gray Richard Pepperdine 1 1 3 2 4 3 ‑7 14
3 2013 Pete Mitchell Simon Forbes 2 2 2 4 5 5 ‑8 20
4 2026 Andy McKee Steve Graham 5 4 ‑8 6 1 8 2 26
5 2020 John Mursell James Mursell 4 8 ‑13 12 3 2 1 30
6 2017 Jack Banks Penny Jeffcoate 3 9 4 8 6 10 ‑15 40
7 2014 Tim Parsons Alex Hayman 6 10 9 ‑10 9 4 3 41
8 2024 Barry Wolfenden Rachel Rhodes 7 5 ‑15 3 10 9 9 43
9 2021 Kevin Gosling Andrew Hayman 10 6 6 13 7 ‑14 5 47
10 2005 Janet Ritchie Alan Ritchie 9 ‑15 5 5 12 6 12 49
11 2025 Kevin Hope Amy Clay 8 12 7 14 16 12 ‑17 69
12 2019 John Clementson Melanie Titmus ‑43 7 10 17 17 7 16 74
13 1947 Steve Walker Jerry Hannabuss 13 ‑14 12 11 14 11 13 74
14 1995 Peter Rose John Rose 18 ‑19 11 7 18 15 10 79
15 1952 Elinor Pegg Adam Parry 16 18 19 ‑42 8 13 6 80
16 1933 Andrew Rose Thomas Rose ‑20 11 17 18 19 17 11 93
17 1939 Robert Smith Sandra Smith 12 17 16 15 ‑27 20 14 94
18 2006 Chris Clapp Jack Rea 22 13 14 21 11 ‑24 20 101
19 2023 Richard Searle Lucy Searle 19 20 ‑22 9 22 16 18 104
20 1900 Steve Mitchell Polly Newman 25 23 18 ‑25 13 19 19 117
21 1967 Chris Massey Rick Goddard 11 ‑27 21 19 25 22 25 123
22 1936 Simon Holden Peter Hardy 24 24 ‑27 16 15 25 24 128
23 1962 Martin Moore Neil Moore 27 ‑29 20 22 21 18 23 131
24 1867 James Salter Imogen Price 15 25 26 ‑28 24 26 21 137
25 1941 Steve Canadine Sarah Canadine 26 ‑34 25 26 26 23 22 148
26 1974 Richard Jones John Purdie 23 16 24 30 29 27 ‑32 149
27 2000 David Snutch Sue Barnes 17 21 28 20 32 ‑33 31 149
28 2027 Carol Haines Jon Haines 14 28 ‑43 42 20 21 26 151
29 1993 Miles Hapgood Steve Smith 28 22 23 ‑29 28 28 28 157
30 1858 Stephen Harling Eleanor Thomas 21 30 ‑32 27 23 30 27 158
31 1924 Joe Banks George Crammond 30 26 ‑31 24 30 29 30 169
32 2011 Paul Barnes John Wells 29 ‑35 30 23 31 32 33 178
33 1836 Oliver Salter Heather Adkin 33 31 ‑35 32 33 34 29 192
34 1834 Luke Hardy Ian Dooley 31 36 29 ‑37 34 31 34 195
35 1925 Martyn Denchfield James Haddock 35 ‑38 33 31 37 36 37 209
36 1892 Alison Stephens Chris Forrest 32 33 36 33 ‑39 38 39 211
37 1896 Nicholas Jennings Scotty Tobin ‑39 37 34 34 35 35 36 211
38 1853 Nigel Denchfield Mike Gatehouse 37 32 ‑38 35 38 37 38 217
39 1907 Joanne Mahy Lou Hart 34 ‑40 37 36 40 40 35 222
40 1885 Simon Price Emma Macfadyen 36 39 39 38 42 ‑42 ‑42 236
41 2010 Jonathan Fox Helen Miles 38 41 40 39 ‑41 39 40 237
42 1916 Robin Jamieson Matt Riley ‑42 42 42 ‑42 36 42 42 246

John Purdie

John is a relative late comer to sailing and even later getting into sailing dinghies. Despite having a lifelong fascination with most things boat, his first sailing experience didn’t come until 1999 at the age of 17 when he spent two weeks aboard the 135′ 340 ton, STA Sir Winston Churchill, as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award Scheme. Over the last 12 years John has logged more than 15,000 mainly blue water miles with various tall ships and as a volunteer with the Tall Ships Youth Trust (the modern day Sail Training Association) 72′ Challenger Fleet, crossing the Atlantic both ways and competing in the 2011 Rolex Fastnet. After floating around in other classes for a few years, John found the Scorpion in 2011 and has never looked back, competing (as crew) in the last two Nationals and regularly on the National Circuit. John is based just outside Chester, Cheshire.

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