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Craftinsure Scorpion Open and Scorpion Inland Championship at Notts County Sailing Club

by Nadina Lincoln 24 May 00:56 PDT 22-23 May 2021

This was most people's first Open Meeting / major event for well for almost 18 months and it proved to be a great way to welcome the (hoped for) return to normal service.

The club and Scorpion Class association had agreed arrangements that complied with social distancing rules and although that meant that people had fewer chances to taste Pauline's, the clubs caterer, wonderful catering again, and the bar wasn't open, but in spite of that the meeting was very successful. The event was sponsored by Craftinsure. Twenty Seven boats entered, including twelve from Notts County Sailing Club. The briefing and entries were online, allowing racing to get off on time.

The wind on the Saturday was disappointingly fitful and light and came from the Northwest though 90' swings meant there were several course changes. But both sailors and Ken Twemlow's race team managed to complete five shorter races back to back on the Saturday. Tom Gillard and Rachel Rhodes, won three races. Nigel Potter and Simon Hibbert (NCSC) were sailing fast in the first ever Paintcraft Scorpion 'bag boat', 1958, and won race 4 while some time NCSC sailor, Tom Jeffcoate, won race 2, so at the end of the first day only a few points separated the top three. The day finished with a socially distanced take away curry from the clubs caterer Pauline on the balcony and foreshore, and to celebrate the sun made an appearance.

Sunday dawned brighter and drier but also colder and windier - with a good force 4-5 coming up the lake from the SW, as forecast. The plan was to run three longer races back-to-back. The wind was by no means steady but there were some great beats, runs and stonking planing reaches with not a few capsizes. It felt like it was dinghy racing as it was meant to be. Tom Gillard and Rachel Rhodes won all three races, cementing their win. They won the event with 8 points (one discard) with Pete Gray and Geoff Edwards from Staunton Harold 2nd (19 pts) and Tom Jeffcoate and Mark Hogan 3rd (22pts). Nigel Potter and Simon Hibbert were top NCSC boat in 5th. Debi Gibson won the Leading Lady helm award. Sammy Mason (sailing with dad, Richard) was a fantastic 14th (but including a 6th and two 8th) and won the Junior Award, while another junior, Cillian Dyne (sailing with Jake Willars) came a memorable 21st despite the challenging conditions on the Sunday.

It was a great event, enjoyed by all and holding promise of a wonderful summer on the water ahead, all we are waiting for is for some warmth.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoBoat NameHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1st2013Bearly illegalTom GillardRachael Rhodes 1‑21211118
2nd204550 shades of GrayPeter GrayGeoff Edwards 2325223(BFD)19
3rd2037Pickled WombatTom JeffcoateMark HoganChew Valley SC41344‑54222
4th1986 Sam WatsonAndy Thompson 554673‑9434
5th1958 Nigel PotterSimon HibbertNCSC310101(BFD)92338
6th2044TallulahDave WoodheadJerry Hannabuss 11463375(DNC)39
7th2030Saline DripColin BradleyLuke Bradley 146‑159101111667
8th1967Roller CoasterMatt PotterJohn WellsNCSC121312119137(DNF)77
9th1935Bete NoirIan CadwalladerEllie Devereux 77117(BFD)126DNF78
10th2034 Debi GibsonSimon Forbes 911510124(DNC)DNC79
11th2002SilverballsChloe WillarsJohn TailbyNCSC13‑15141288131179
12th2007Pocket BattleshipJeff PetersAlison GoodallNCSC‑1699141115151083
13th2023Pincer MovementRichard SearleLucy Searle 181613135168(DNF)89
14th1997PeachesRichard MasonSamantha MasonNCSC(OCS)12817DNC610889
15th1981Highway StarDave ElstonGavin Pouillon 614181614(DNF)17590
16th2017Not Another WombatJon WillarsNicola WillarsNCSC‑21201618131012796
17th2042 Vince HoreyRob Gardner 10878(DNF)RETDNFBFD117
18th2048Liquid SpiritChris YatesDave Barker 252219(DNC)1514149118
19th1988FAC51Russell WheelerLee Marriottt 191817‑2219171612118
20th2025What a WombatNadina LincolnChris HoltNCSC81720156(DNC)DNCDNC122
21st1866Friend or FoeJake WillarsBrad Seaton/ Cillian DyneNCSC2021‑262116182114131
22nd2049GuinevereDavid SnutchSue BarnesNCSC15192325(BFD)212015138
23rd2009PerditaMark LeeGeorge Buxton 26252120(DNF)201813143
24th1984FOENKevin NichollsGrace SmithNCSC17262524201919(DNF)150
25th1975Fifi la PruneNick OrglesLisa RollinNCSC2324241921(DNF)22DNF161
26th1759Average old white boatNick LightbodySophie Lightbody 2423272317(DNF)DNCDNC170
27th1911Slippery when wetAlan KenyonJames KenyonNCSC2227222618(DNF)DNFDNC171

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