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Scorpion Open Inlands at Grafham Water SC

by Simon Gillow on 28 Apr 2012
Scorpion Inlands 2012 at Grafham Water SC © Richard Janulewicz / www.fotoboat.com
The Scorpion Open Inlands 2012 were held on 21st and 22nd April at Grafham Water Sailing Club. 24 Scorpions braved chilly temperatures, killer shrimp and Feva parents to attend the Scorpion Open. Six races were sailed over the weekend on a triangle/sausage course shared with the Flying Fifteens and Larks. A number of the fleet have bought new boats over the winter and are also experimenting with new twin-pole systems so it was to be an interesting event to see what effect these changes had on the results.

On Saturday the wind started at a nice 10mph but this occasionally picked up a bit as each new black cloud came over. Race one got underway under a black flag, Tom Jeffcoate/Mark Hogan and Pete Gray/Rich Pepperdine made the best of the shifts up the first beat and finished in that order just ahead of a fast finishing Andy McKee/Tarren Jones. Race two saw Andy/Tarren take the lead ahead of the wooden boat of Tom Gillard/Andy Thompson. Race three saw Andy/Tarren make the most of the shifts to lead round the first mark followed by Simon Gillow/Fiona Brett, on the final lap a big black cloud came and the wind increased to about 20mph, Tom/Mark managed to avoid the distraction of watching the Lark fleet death rolling down the run to take the lead while everyone else started reaching for their mast rake controls. The fleet made it ashore just in time to watch the Feva fleet pummeled by rain/hail from the warm dry clubhouse.

After the usual evening of fun and games the wind looked pretty similar on Sunday. In race four the fleet struggled to find the gybe mark, the majority headed for a bouy somewhere off the clubhouse before realising where the real mark was. Tom/Andy spotted it first and led from Steve/Sarah Cockerill who had overcome some twin pole teething issues overnight, Dave Wade/Ben Rayner came in third. Dave/Ben led race five followed by Tom/Andy and a fast finishing Simon/Fiona who overtook Tom/Mark on the final reach. Going into race six there were 3 boats who could possibly win the open, Tom/Andy took the lead and held it to the finish to take the open title ahead of Tom/Mark in second. Andy/Tarren finished fourth which gave them third overall.

All in all everyone had a great weekend and are looking forward to the next opens at Shotwick Lake on 6th May and Chew Valley on 12/13th May.

Full results:

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Rank

Sail
No

Helm
Name

Crew
Name

Club

1
   

2
   

3
   

4
   

5
   

6
   

Total

Nett

1st

1976

Tom Gillard

Andy Thompson

Sheffield Viking

4.0

2.0

(25.0 DNC)

1.0

2.0

1.0

35.0

10.0

2nd

2025

Tom Jeffcoate

Mark Hogan

Notts County

1.0

3.0

1.0

(8.0)

4.0

2.0

19.0

11.0

3rd

2004

Andy McKee

Tarren Jones

Dovestone SC

3.0

1.0

2.0

4.0

(12.0)

4.0

26.0

14.0

4th

2026

Dave Wade

Ben Rayner

Northampton SC

5.0

(9.0)

5.0

3.0

1.0

3.0

26.0

17.0

5th

2023

Stephen Cockerill

Sarah Cockerill

Hill Head SC

(19.0)

4.0

4.0

2.0

5.0

5.0

39.0

20.0

6th

1947

Steve Walker

Jerry Hannabuss

Pennine

8.0

(12.0)

3.0

10.0

6.0

7.0

46.0

34.0

7th

2003

Simon Gillow

Fiona Brett

Chipstead SC

6.0

10.0

7.0

(14.0)

3.0

13.0

53.0

39.0

8th

2013

Pete Gray

Rich Pepperdine

Staunton Harold SC

2.0

5.0

8.0

17.0

9.0

(25.0 DNC)

66.0

41.0

9th

2017

Jack Banks

Penny Jeffcoate

Dovestone SC

9.0

7.0

10.0

7.0

(18.0)

8.0

59.0

41.0

10th

2024

Barry Wolfenden

Rachel Rhodes

Chipstead SC

15.0

6.0

6.0

9.0

(17.0)

9.0

62.0

45.0

11th

2028

Ryan Buchanan

Hannah Burke

Hill Head SC

12.0

(15.0)

14.0

6.0

8.0

6.0

61.0

46.0

12th

2010

John Clementson

Melanie Titmus

Chipstead SC

7.0

(16.0)

12.0

11.0

7.0

14.0

67.0

51.0

13th

1987

Matt Potter

Steve Grayam

Notts County

10.0

8.0

13.0

(20.0)

15.0

16.0

82.0

62.0

14th

2005

Janet Richie

Alan Richie

Chipstead SC

17.0

11.0

17.0

13.0

(25.0 DNC)

11.0

94.0

69.0

15th

1979

Alex Hayman

Dave Elston

Sidmouth/Lyme Regis

11.0

(25.0 DNC)

9.0

19.0

14.0

17.0

95.0

70.0

16th

1952

Elinor Pegg

Adam Parry

Yealm YC

13.0

(19.0)

18.0

12.0

13.0

15.0

90.0

71.0

17th

1967

Chris Massey

Charlotte Farmer

Dovestone SC

(18.0)

17.0

15.0

18.0

11.0

12.0

91.0

73.0

18th

1984

Richard Searle

Lucy Searle

Mill Head

14.0

18.0

(19.0)

15.0

19.0

10.0

95.0

76.0

19th

202

Tom Castle

Tim Hartley

Northampton SC

(25.0 DNC)

13.0

16.0

16.0

10.0

25.0 DNC

105.0

80.0

20th

1994

David Hannan

Mike Hannan

Hill Head SC

(25.0 DNC)

25.0 DNC

11.0

5.0

16.0

25.0 DNC

107.0

82.0

21st

1925

Martyn Denchfield

Harry Janes

Ripon SC/SWSC

(22.0)

21.0

20.0

22.0

20.0

18.0

123.0

101.0

22nd

1852

Carol Haines

Jon Haines

Elton SC

16.0

14.0

(25.0 DNC)

25.0 DNF

25.0 DNC

25.0 DNC

130.0

105.0

23rd

1963

Julie Holroyd

Paul Holroyd

Hunts Sailing Club

21.0

20.0

(25.0 DNC)

21.0

25.0 DNC

25.0 DNC

137.0

112.0

24th

2018

Nigel Potter

Tom Storey

Notts County

20.0

(25.0 DNC)

25.0 DNC

25.0 DNC

25.0 DNC

25.0 DNC

145.0

120.0