Scorpion Extravaganza

With five new boats joining the fleet now seemed as good a time as any to hold a Scorpion coaching and tuning day at Notts County Sailing Club.

Mill Pond conditions on the lake meant the fleet enjoyed the morning on the bank in the blistering July heat, with land based coaching and tuning from The Association’s talented (and extremely patient!) Simon Forbes.   And refreshments courtesy of Pauline and her crew – the cream tea was to die for J

New Scorpion owners Jo and Glynn Ritchie rigged 1908 and Kathryn rigged newly varnished 1762.  Stalwart Scorpion sailors Malcolm James (2011), John Riddell (Jammy Dodger), John Marshall (1989) and Dave Snutch (2037) also rigged and sat patiently on the bank for Simon Forbes who had now been named “The Wizard” by the Riddler.

Simon worked tirelessly he had his head in each one of their boats; talked the group through the intricacies of spinnaker trim; discussed the benefits and cons of the various boat setups and generally did a sterling job in giving the fleet an overall.  Special mention goes to youngster Chloe who worked her magic on Kathryn’s transom flaps in the shade of the clubhouse! 

Ross Ryan (1762) encouraged the Saturday Club children to sample the delights of the Scorpion, which kept Chloe and Jake in 2002 and 2017, and Commodore Adrian 1987 very busy for most of the morning (and in Adrian’s case, DAY!).


Viv ventured out in her boat (1987) for the first time this year after her shoulder injury and it really is great to see her back where she belongs.



In the afternoon Seven Scorpions competed in the Saturday series racing.


This gave Supremo Crew Chris Holt the chance to introduce Kathryn to some scorpion racing fun in Kathryn’s new boat 1762, hoisting the kite at every opportunity.

Mirror sailors Phil & Cillian were one of the first to try their skills out on the water and showed big promise in borrowed boat 1920. The father and son pair were like a rash  over the transom of 2002 as the Willars Youth did some pre-nationals practice.

Meanwhile Dave in 2037 paired up with Youth Squad member Sophie Lanyon for her first sail (and race!!) in a symmetric boat, and did a cracking job. And it was awesome watching Jammy Dodger (John & Sue) battling with Must Try Harder (Malcolm crewing for David) on a tight reach to mark 6 as the wind gusted to near planing conditions!

After all the racing and rigging fun it was good to see so many people celebrate “The Riddler’s” Big Birthday with his family, which was a massive surprise to John!  The fleet welcomed Baby Snutch to the fold as we enjoyed a burger barbecue served by fleet captain Jon and Tim.  Followed off with Bucks Fizz and some lovely cakes courtesy of Chloe, Hilary and The Riddel ladies.

The weekend was busy and it was fantastic that we were joined by two lots of visitors Malcolm James and his crew David both had travelled miles from South Cerney to join us, and stayed for Sunday fleet racing in 2011 (Paul Barnes old boat).  The National Champions arriving for Fleet Racing added a special finish to the weekend, and Andy and Steve happily gave the fleet even more tips on the Sunday.

John Riddell pretty much summed up the weekend “I must congratulate you both on fabulous Scorpion workshop, nothing was too much trouble for your guest wizard to check out, all in all a great day”.

What a fabulous team effort from the Notts County Scorpion Fleet – all in all a great day!

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