Meet the Committee and Contact Us

Carol Haines
Carol has been an active member of the Scorpion fleet over 50 years and is always a regular face at Opens and Nationals alike. She knows everything you need to know about the class past and present and is our wonderful figurehead. She was the first lady helm to win a National Championship Race in 1971. She lives in Lancashire with her husband John who has also been sailing Scorpions for over 50 years.
Chris Yates
   Gone before me are National Champions and many legends of the class but then why shouldn’t I just let you all into the best kept secret.But then you already know!

We all sail the best 2 man hiking performance dinghy, fact, with quite frankly the best set of friends anyone could ask for….

you lot!

I found out this secret way back in 1981 when a certain Tony Wetherall in his Tenby  National Champions speech declared the same sentiments and I’ve been hooked ever since!

A quote from Albert Einstein : A ship is always safe at the shore – but that is not what it is built for

There’s no much else for me to say but to enjoy the forthcoming season and see you on the water.

Malcolm James
  Malcolm learned to sail National 12s on a gravel pit at Burton SC during the 1970s. Switching to Scorpions in 1982 he owned a couple of Trevor Stewart’s wooden boats; including 1888 ‘Encore’ at Walton-on-Thames SC following a memorable crewing ‘experience’ with the legendary Mr Chris Yates. After a 20 year absence Malcolm is now back in the fold with 2001 ‘Zephyr’ and based at South Cerney SC in Gloucestershire.
Steve Walker
  Steve Walker has been linked to the Scorpion association since his father bought 781 back in the day. Steve sails 2033 with Jerry Hannabuss at Pennine Sailing Club and around the circuit. He has previously owned 1585, 1889, 1944, 1956, 1970. Sat in Staunton Harold club house one Sunday morning,  with Chris Yates, Dave Barker and Jerry Hannabuss, it dawned on us that we have been  competing at Scorpion events for the past 35 (maybe plus) years together….. great boat, great fun and great mates !
Colin Bradley
  Colin has been sailing scorpions for 15 years with his children normally crewing for him showing that the Scorpion is an all round boat for people of all sizes and ages.
Events & Silver Scorpion
Peter Gray
  Pete is regularly seen leading the way round the Opens, and is currently the Events organiser for the Northern Circuit and the Silver Scorpion. He and his co-conspirators Hannah and Ryan have come up with a great calender for 2018. Pete is based in Derbyshire. 
Nationals Co-Ordinator
Linda Wolfenden
   Linda started sailing in 1990 in a Scorpion. She went to her first Nationals in 1991 and has not missed one since – in fact her second daughter was born at the Nationals in 1993! She has previously served on the Scorpion Committee from 2000-2006 and is now back for more! She and her husband Barry live in Bromley, Kent.
Technical Advisor
Chris Turner
  Chris joined the Committee in August 2016 as the Class Technical Adviser. He has been building and sailing Scorpions for many years.  He holds may awards for sailing, the most important one,  being the National Scorpion Champion together with Alex Hayman in 2016. What Chris does not know about sailing Scorpions is just not worth knowing!
Website & Sponsorship
Simon Forbes
  Simon has been sailing in various classes since before he could walk. After having a few ‘guest appearances’ crewing for Peter Gray, he started his regular scorpion sailing at Sidmouth Nationals in 2013 (boat number and year!) finishing  a creditable 3rd. He is still mixing it up at the top of the fleet currently with Alan Krailing helming.
Advertising & PR
Hannah Edge
Hannah is our graphic designer and social media lady. She helps out with the website, making graphics, publicising events, re touching photos and other arty bits for the class.
Hannah first stepped into a scorpion at the 2012 Paignton  Nationals, finding that these things were far more fun (more ropes to pull!) than the team racing boats she was used to.
She developed a reputation for having good boat chat and snacks, sailing at the pointy end of 1976 for quite a few helms over the years.
More recently she crews 2023 with Rachael at open events and the nationals. 
Prizes Organiser, Sponsorship & Photographer
Amy Forbes
Amy joined the committee in March 2016. She helps out with Sponsorship and Prizes for the Inlands, Nationals and End of Seasons. She is a fair-weather sailor, but can usually be found with camera in hand taking photos of the fleet at our events. Also she is found socialising on shore with our SWAGS (Scorpion Wives & Girlfriends) & SHABs (Scorpion Husbands & Boyfriends).
General Member
Carl Jones
 Carl was voted in by existing Committee Members in December 2015.  Carl started sailing in 1992 after getting interested in sail power after a charity raft race. His first Scorpion was 1847. He has been sailing and enjoying Scorpions ever since, now sailing 1974 – Panama Jack and 2029 – Jac y Ddraig Goch with his wife Shellie crewing at Llandudno and Pennine.