A Modern Boat
Since its design and first launch in 1960, the Scorpion has adopted developments over the years to become the present modern competitive sailing dinghy.
The hull, constructed in wood or foam-sandwich, is built to strict measurements with small tolerances. Cockpit layout and rig controls are left to personal choice and class rules permit a choice of mast and sail suppliers.
A Durable Boat
A look at recent National’s results proves how older Scorpions can remain competitive. Some recent National Championship-winning hulls have been over 10 years old, keeping new boats off the top spot.
Improvements in adhesive and paint technology mean that the newer hulls are retaining their strength, stiff – ness and light weight, keeping them competitive for longer.
A Performance Boat
The Scorpion is a responsive boat with a light hull that gives excellent acceleration.
Upwind it points well and tacks easily, and off wind the spinnaker ensures a stunning performance.
Whether you are sailing inland or on the sea the Scorpion will give the performance you need.
A Class Boat
The class association actively promotes Scorpion sailing throughout the country.
Regular national and regional training events are held, as well as a full Open Meeting programme and an annual week-long National Championships at a sea venue.
Top sailors, many of whom are RYA trained Class Coaches, are always willing to assist those further down the fleet, raising the standard throughout.
A Family Boat
The raking rig, now fitted on most Scorpions, enables the Scorpion to be sailed competitively by a wide range of crew
weights in all conditions.
This, along with junior prizes at Scorpion events and a dedicated youth regatta, means that now there are many younger sailors seen in Scorpions.
Parent and child combinations are not uncommon and it’s not always the parent at the helm! Junior pairings often show their seniors a thing or two.
A Fun Boat
The fun of sailing a Scorpion does not end when you come off the water.
Weekend open meetings usually have an associated social event and each evening of the National Championships has an organised social activity.
This in no way detracts from the competition on the water and the class can certainly be described as ‘competitive, but friendly’.
A Versatile Boat
The Scorpion is not a boat just for the accomplished sailor. The hard chine planing hull that gives performance upwind and downwind is also a stable platform for the beginner, and many sailors have learned their skills in a Scorpion.
But being suitable for learning does not detract from the excitement gained from sailing a Scorpion, which is probably why many top sailors of other classes have come to sail a Scorpion.
Don’t take our word for it though – See the below testimonials from some of our sailors:
Peter Gray – 2017 Nationals Result 4th
Carl Jones – 2017 Nationals Result 28th
Shellie and I have been sailing Scorpions for 25 years now and the adjustability of controls make sail trim effortless.
With the twin spinnaker poles we can launch the spinnaker and sail the boat competitively throughout a wide wind range. This is what we love about the Scorpion, you can turn up at an open meeting and have a great sail whatever the weather might be.
We have always found the Scorpion Class to be extremely friendly with advice from the top guys being given freely. For us it is about turning up, taking part and having FUN!
Colin Bradley – 2017 Nationals Result 19th
Back in the early noughties I was sailing the old family Enterprise with my son, then 13, or my daughter, aged 11. We were looking to upgrade to a more excitingboat, preferably with a spinnaker. I was initially put off the Scorpion by its apparent complexity but after a few quick spins in a borrowed boat it became clear that the controls are in fact all pretty standard and logical. More importantly for us, the easy-to-use raking rig meant that the power was fully controllable: I could sail comfortably with an 11 year-old girl in a Force 5 and be competitive. Here we are 15 years later, still enjoying sailing Scorpions together. There’s no better boat – it’s just so versatile and exciting.