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The National Scorpion Association organises racing events and events to promote the class every year. The Silver Scorpion Travellers' series of Open Meetings sponsored by CraftInsure are spread over the season and over the country. The annual highlight is the National Championships, which were hosted in 2023 by Eastbourne Sovereign Sailing Club in Sussex. The TCL - Scorpion National Championships 2024 are at Castle Cove SC in Weymouth.

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TCL - Scorpion National Championships 2024
in association with Craftinsure
at Castle Cove SC, Weymouth, Dorset

Saturday 27th July - Friday 2nd August 2024

The National Scorpion Association would like to welcome TCL as the fleet's headline supporter as we are delighted to announce the TCL – Scorpion National Championships.

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Their products and services aim to solve problems, bring joy to families and friends, and create a safer healthier world. Inspiring and empowering people to pursue greatness in their lives.

We are pleased that TCL will help support the Association's activities, our youth foundation, as we encourage all to sail Scorpions and benefit from a sporting lifestyle, and maybe pursue greatness in our lives, as many of our current and past members have done in their sailing careers.

See the TCL website at www.tcl.com

Click here to enter Championships now - if you haven't already done so?

The organisation of this year's TCL - Scorpion National Championships held at Castle Cove is coming together: the final touches to the SI’s are being made, Imogen (the nominated committee boat) is getting a spruce-up and the week is lining up to be another classic Scorpion Nationals.

Following last years huge success with the talk from Stick we have Pete Goss booked to speak this year. Pete has competed in seven transatlantic and two round-the-world races and has sailed more than 300,000 nautical miles. He first came to prominence when, whilst competing in the Vendee Globe single-handed non-stop round the world yacht race, he risked his own life in the midst of a fierce Southern Ocean hurricane to rescue French sailor Raphael Dinelli. Once Pete had dropped Raphael off in Tasmania, he completed the race, coming 5th. You can read more about Pete here.

We have daily coaching input from Adam Bowers, looking to help us all get more out of our racing and have fun whilst doing it. Find out more about Adam here.

We have a Champagne reception on the Sunday night, the same evening as Pete Goss, in celebration of Helen Johnson (Lady H).

To continue with the Champagne theme, as well as recognising significant moments of stupidity with the daily awarding of the pecker, we will also be recognising great Champagne moments throughout the fleet.

Plus we have an action packed programme of 10 races planned plus practice and crew's race, all in glorious Weybiza plus another fund packed social programme. And as you all want to know... we can now reveal that the Fancy Dress theme this year has taken its theme from The Great British Menu and is….The Olympics!

Don’t forget we’re doing all we can to support youth. A full youth entry (helm and crew both U21) is only £75 PLUS we can get a boat for you if you need one!

A semi youth entry (ie helm or crew U21) is only £150.

So get your entry in ASAP to come and join the fun of a classic Scorpion Nationals week.

For all official documents and information please refer to the Online Official Noticeboard

If you have pre-entered you have priority access to Full Entry now until the end of February. If you haven’t pre-entered there are a very limited number of slots available and once they’re taken we’ll open up a waiting list.

We’re expecting a large turnout so best to get your entry in ASAP to secure your place.

This year we have an Online Official Notice Board where you’ll find the NoR and link to enter on WebCollect.

We’ll also use the Official Notice Board (ONB) to host relevant docs and info for the week (Tidal Info, Arrival info, Car parking info etc).

The TCL - 2024 Scorpion National Championships social programme will be released on the ONB in due course, but its nearly there, from SHWAGs lunch to on and off water coaching.

For more details of the 2024 Nationals please see the Championship page.

A nine month Open Meeting Season in 2024!

We’re really excited to announce the silver scorpion calendar for 2024, with 9 events from Starcross YC (river Exe) to Pennine SC there is something for everyone!

We will return to some of the usual scorpion strongholds (Sidmouth, Notts county ect) as well as exploring what some new venues have to offer.

The first of these new venues is Starcross YC as part of the Exe regatta weekend – we will be having our own start there, but as with the Weymouth regatta in previous years early booking will be essential (Castle Cove are understandably not doing a regatta next year so they can have a rest before hosting the event of the year that will be our nationals!).

The next venue to mix things up is our inlands which will be held at Grafham in September, this is one of the most open inland waters in the UK and with a central location it should be a bumper turn out.

Our final new venue for 2024 is the Isle of Sheppey SC. Sheppey boys Russel and Lee have been telling us how great a sailing venue it is for years, and after Chris and myself experienced the reliable sea breeze for ourselves at the 2023 round the island race I was straight on the phone to Lee when I got home to get Sheppey booked into our calendar for an open meeting in 2024!

Another new addition for 2024 is the youth open meeting, this will be held on the early May bank holiday Monday at Notts county (after the general open meeting on the Saturday and Sunday). This will be a good chance for the youth teams being supported by the scorpion foundation to have some practice before the nationals as well as a chance to show off the local youth talent and hopefully introduce some new fresh faces to the fleet. Youth is under 24 on 27th July 2024 (first day of the champs) and there will also be junior prizes (under 19 as of 27/07/24).

A big thank you to CraftInsure for once again sponsoring the silver scorpion circuit. 2024 is shaping up to be a big year for the scorpions and we look forward to see you all out on the circuit!

John Tailby and Chris Martin – Silver Scorpion coordinators

The programme is:

March:
2/3 - Chew Valley

April:
6/7 - Staunton Harold

May:
4/5 – Notts County
6 - Notts County Youth Open

June:
1/2 - Lymington as part of Lymington dinghy regatta
15/16 - Sidmouth

July:
13/14 - Starcross as part of Exe regatta (Scorpion start confirmed)
27 - Aug 2nd – Castle Cove Nationals

Sept:
14/15 - Grafham Inlands

Oct:
19/20 – Isle of Sheppey

Nov:
2/3 - Pennine End of Seasons

Future National Championships


2024 Castle Cove SC, Dorset
Sunday 28th July to Friday 2nd August 2024

2025 Penzance SC, Cornwall
Saturday Sat 2nd Aug - Fri 8 Aug

2026 Looe SC, Cornwall
Saturday Sat 1st Aug - Fri 7 Aug

2027 Tenby (Dinbych-y-pysgod), Pembrokeshire, Wales
Saturday 24th - Fri 30th July

2028 Mounts Bay SC, Cornwall
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Webcollect

Enter future National Scorpion Events through Webcollect

New members, renewals and event entries should be via the link here or event entries can be made using the Upcoming events selections on this page...please contact us with any questions.

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National Scorpion Class Dinghy

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The Scorpion dinghy is the 'modern classic' dinghy – a 'classic' in the sense that the strict 14' design is now over 60 years’ old but 'modern' because we keep up to date with affordable technology. Hulls are available in FRP, wood and composite forms. Cockpit layout and rig controls can be tailored to suit personal choice, with various combinations of sails, spars and foils permitted.

The Scorpion’s classic design gives enhanced versatility, longevity, durability and competitiveness. The Penzance 2021 National Championships highlighted this when Scorpion 1880 ‘Shock Wave’ (a wooden Turner build from circa 1985) led the fleet for most of the final race. New boats are always welcome in the fleet but they are not essential to win, as reigning Champions Tom Gillard and Rachael Rhodes demonstrated at Penzance and at Llandudno 2019 in their 10 year old FRP design 'Barely Illegal'.

You can find out more about the Scorpion's technical details, Class rules, Tuning Guides and inside information here.

Ideally suited to recreational dinghy sailing for all ages, the Scorpion is a popular and well supported class with an active second hand market protecting your investment in a new or previously enjoyed boat. Contact us if you’re interested in trying out a Scorpion, would like to join our annual Silver Scorpion Open Meeting programme or have any questions about the Scorpion dinghy.

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The organisation of this year's TCL - Scorpion National Championships held at Castle Cove is coming together: the final touches to the SI’s are being made, Imogen (the nominated committee boat) is getting a spruce-up and the week is lining up to be another classic Scorpion Nationals.

Following last years huge success with the talk from Stick we have Pete Goss booked to speak this year. Pete has competed in seven transatlantic and two round-the-world races and has sailed more than 300,000 nautical miles. He first came to prominence when, whilst competing in the Vendee Globe single-handed non-stop round the world yacht race, he risked his own life in the midst of a fierce Southern Ocean hurricane to rescue French sailor Raphael Dinelli. Once Pete had dropped Raphael off in Tasmania, he completed the race, coming 5th.

We have daily coaching input from Adam Bowers, looking to help us all get more out of our racing and have fun whilst doing it.

We have a Champagne reception on the Sunday night, the same evening as Pete Goss, in celebration of Helen Johnson (Lady H).

To continue with the Champagne theme, as well as recognising significant moments of stupidity with the daily awarding of the pecker, we will also be recognising great Champagne moments throughout the fleet.

Plus we have an action packed programme of 10 races planned plus practice and crew's race, all in glorious Weybiza plus another fund packed social programme. And as you all want to know... we can now reveal that the Fancy Dress theme this year has taken its theme from The Great British Menu and is….The Olympics!

Don’t forget we’re doing all we can to support youth. A full youth entry (helm and crew both U21) is only £75 PLUS we can get a boat for you if you need one!

A semi youth entry (ie helm or crew U21) is only £150.

So get your entry in ASAP to come and join the fun of a classic Scorpion Nationals week.

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Extract from Mark Jardine’s interview with Tom Gillard re his (together variously with Rachel Gray & Andy Thompson) remarkable success in multi-classes this year …

"A good time off the water is just as important as the sailing, so I asked Tom which class, in his opinion, has the best social activities:

I would say the Scorpion. It's a chilled-out vibe, a nice bunch of people, with newcomers to the fleet alongside old hands, and everybody's very open about what they do to make the boat go fast. It's a real community. The class is going from strength to strength; whether you've got a wooden boat or a fibreglass boat, there's help everywhere, and no-one feels at a disadvantage."

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