National Scorpion Association


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 are hosted in 2023 by Eastbourne Sovereign Sailing Club in Sussex.


These terms set out the rules for using the website as operated by the National Scorpion Class Association (NSA), herein referred to as “we”, “us” or “our”. Note that we may also refer to our website as our “service” according to the context of specific terms and conditions.


We are a UK-based membership organisation for all those having an interest (active or passive) in the National Scorpion Class of sailing dinghy. We are currently managed by a committee of 14 persons (three being are classified as ‘Flag Officers’; Chairman, Class Secretary and Hon. Treasurer) and a President. To contact us please e-mail either or Or to report problems with this website, send an e-mail to


This page informs you of our policies regarding the collection, use and disclosure of personal data when you access or use our website (i.e. the “service”), and the choices you have when consenting that data to us. By using our service, you confirm that you accept these terms and conditions and that you agree to comply with and abide by them.

If you do not agree with these terms and conditions then you must not use our service. It is solely your choice to agree or not to agree. Please note that you are also responsible for ensuring that all persons who gain access to our service through your Internet connection are aware of these terms and conditions. You must ensure that they too agree to these terms and conditions and comply with them if they decide to use our service.

We recommend that you print and/ or electronically safe a copy of these terms and conditions for reference purposes.


These terms and conditions refer to the following NSA documents held on our website pages or in an electronic form, and they also apply to your use of our service:

Acceptable use policy here...

Privacy policy here...

Our Privacy Policy sets out the terms by which we collect and process your personal data to provide and improve our service. It also applies to any unsolicited personal data which you may send to us by way of a website Contact form or an e-mail message. By using our service, you consent to such data processing and you warrant that all data provided by you is accurate.

Our Acceptable Use Policy states the permitted uses and the prohibited uses for our website. When using our service you must comply with this Acceptable Use Policy. It can be found at the bottom of this document / web page.


These terms and conditions may be amended by us from time to time in accordance with NSA policy, membership/ user’s needs and/ or UK legislative guidance. Each time that you wish to sue our service we request that you please check the terms and conditions to appraise yourself of those applicable at the time of access.

We provide our service free of charge although some content is only available to registered users who are generally NSA members. When cannot and do not guarantee that our service, or any of the content on the website hosting platform will always be available or experience no interruptions. The NSA reserve the explicit right to withdraw or restrict the availability of some or all of our service content for any reason.

Please remember that the NSA is a UK-based organisation catering for the needs of a predominantly UK-based membership and with organised events in the UK. Our service content is therefore directed to the needs of the UK resident and may or may not be available to the residents of other countries.


The security of personal data is paramount to us but we need your assistance to help protect our service for the benefit of our membership and users.

When you create a user account to access our service, you must provide us with information that is accurate, complete and current at all times. Any user identification code, password or other form of unique identifying information that you choose or are assigned by us as part of our security procedures must be treated as confidential. You are responsible for safeguarding it and must not disclose it to any third party under any circumstances. You must notify us immediately if you suspect or become aware of any breach of security or unauthorised use of you account by sending an e-mail to Failure to do so constitutes a breach of these terms and conditions and may result in immediate termination of your account.


We are the owner or the licensee of all intellectual property rights for our service, and in the digital material published therein. Governing copyright laws apply worldwide and all such rights are reserved.

You may print off single pages and/or download extracts of any pages from our service for your own personal use. You may also draw the attention of others to content published as part of our service. You must not use any of the content on our website for commercial purposes without making a prior enquiry to and obtaining written permission from us and/or the copyright holder.

You must not attempt to modify any of the content that you have either printed or downloaded from our service. Any images, video, maps or other illustrative material must not be separated from its accompanying textual content. If you reproduce an image which we have credited to a third party then you must also credit said third party in any further use of that image. Our status (and that of any identified contributors) as the authors or source of content on our website must always be maintained and acknowledged by you.

Any suspected or reported violation of the above terms and conditions and/ or non-conformance to our Acceptable Use Policy will constitute a breach of these terms and conditions. Your access to our service will cease immediately and you must, at our request, either destroy or return any copies of our content that you have taken.


Our service provides content for general information purposes only and does not constitute ‘advice’ on which you must act or rely on. You should obtain specialist professional advice before embarking on, or refraining from, any actions that you may or may not take based on your access to our service.

Whilst we take best endeavours and reasonable efforts to update the content of our service, we make no representations, warranties or guarantees, whether express or implied, that this content is accurate, complete or current.


Where our service contains links to other websites and services or resources provided by third parties, these links are provided for your information only. We have no control over third party websites, their content or embedded links whatsoever. Any links on our website should not be taken as an endorsement by us of any services or products which may or may not be provided by such third party sites.


Our service contains information which is under the direct control of our membership and registered users, e.g. items for sale/ wanted, etc. Although we monitor such information its validity cannot be verified by us and as such it does not have NSA approval. Any views expressed on this website by other users do not necessarily represent those of the NSA.

If you wish to lodge a complaint about information or materials which users have uploaded to this website please send an email to


We do not exclude or limit in any way our liability to you where it would be unlawful to do so. This includes liability for death or personal injury caused by our negligence or the negligence of our flag officers or the NSA committee. Similarly for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation.

Please note though that we only provide our service for private and domestic use; this despite the fact that our website has a ‘’ domain identifier. By using our service you agree not to use this website for any business or commercial purposes. You also agree to waive any liability towards us for any loss of business, loss of profit, business interruption or loss of business opportunity.


You must comply with our Acceptable Use Policy as detailed later in this document if you:

Make use of a feature within our service which allows you to upload content to it

and/ or

Make contact with other users of our service

You warrant that any such ‘contribution’ does comply with our stated standards, and that you will be liable to the NSA and indemnify us for any breach of that warranty. This means that any loss or damage that we incur as a result of your breach is your responsibility and yours alone. Please note that we also have the right to disclose your identity to any third party who makes a claim on us; specifically in the event that content posted or uploaded by you to our website constitutes a violation of their intellectual property rights, or their right to privacy.

We reserve the undisputed right to remove any ‘contribution’ you make on our website, if in our opinion, it does not comply with the content standards set out in our Acceptable Use Policy.


Any content that you upload to our website will be taken to be non-confidential in nature and non-proprietary. Content ownership rights remain with you but you are required to grant us (and all other users of our service) the following rights to use your content/ contribution:

A perpetual, worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, transferable licence allowing us to:

Use, reproduce, distribute, transform/ perform derivative works thereof, display, publish and perform that user-generated content in connection with the service provided by our website, and across different media.


The dynamic nature of the internet and cyberspace generally means that we can never guarantee that our service will be totally devoid of any computer bugs, viruses or other cyber threats.

We have implemented accepted standards of information technology and operational security in order to provide our service and protect personal data from loss, misuse, or unauthorised alteration of destruction. You are responsible for configuring your information technology, computer software and hardware platforms to access our service. You must enable your own virus protection software and take other reasonable steps to protect your personal data from unauthorised access or theft.

You must not misuse our service by knowingly introducing computer programs or malware known to cause malicious damage or be technologically harmful to our service. This includes computer viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs, spoofers, hybrids and ‘exotic forms’ (e.g. Bots), ransomware, adware, malvertising or spyware. You must not attempt to gain unauthorised access to our website, the host server(s) on which our service is provided or any server, computer or database connected to this website. You must not attempt to attack this website using denial-of-service type attacks, either singly or via a distributed configuration.

By breaching the above provision, you acknowledge that such unlawful activity constitutes you having committed a criminal offence under the Computer Misuse Act 1990.

We will report any such activity to the relevant law enforcement authorities and cooperate with them by disclosing your identity to them. You access to our service will be suspended with immediate effect and may be terminated unconditionally dependent on the outcome of further investigations.


We permit you to link to our homepage but you must do so in manner which is fair, legal and non-damaging to our reputation. You must not establish any linkage which may suggest an association with your website, products or services, including NSA approval or NSA endorsements where none exist. You are expressly forbidden to establish a link to our service from an website which is not owned or managed by you, i.e. it is not under your direct control. Our website must not be framed on any other website, nor may you create a link to any part of our website other than our stated homepage. We reserve the right to withdraw this ‘linking permission’ without notice.

The website in which you are linking must comply with all respects with the content standards set out in our Acceptable Use Policy.


These terms and conditions shall be governed and construed in accordance with English law. You and we both agree that the courts of England and Wales will have exclusive jurisdiction except that if you are a resident of Northern Ireland you may also bring proceedings through the legislative procedure of Northern Irish Law. Similarly, if you are a resident of Scotland then you may bring proceedings through Scots Law.

Any failure on our part to enforce any right or provision of these terms and conditions will not be considered a waiver of those rights. If any provision of these terms and conditions is held to be invalid or unenforceable by a court, then the remaining provisions of these terms and conditions will remain in effect.

Initial release March 2021.


This acceptable use policy sets out the terms between you and us under which you may access our website (our site) and, where you are a member or guest of National Scorpion Association (NSA), use the services which are available via our site. This acceptable use policy applies to all members and guests of the NSA, and to all other visitors to, our site. It is intended to be read in conjunction with the first part of this document / web page which defines the terms and conditions for using our service.

Your use of our site means that you accept, and agree to abide by, all the policies in this acceptable use policy, which supplement the website use agreement. If you are invited to become a member or guest of the NSA you will be required to accept this acceptable use policy as part of the application process.

The date on which this acceptable use policy was first published is 17 June 2014.

This acceptable use policy applies to all visitors to and users of this site.

Read the full policy here.

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Future National Championships

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


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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