What a cracking day to kick off the 2015 Zhik and Coast Watersports Scorpion Nationals at Lyme Regis. 57 Scorps arrived to a beautiful and sunny Lyme on Saturday 8th August and after a bit of bimbling (and some installations of lead correctors!) the Class were measured and ready to send off the Pecker. The Pecker, class classic for mayhem and mishaps was bid adieu in style with a heartfelt obituary and a rocket launch off the roof. Today however the racing kicked off proper.
The fleet were welcomed by a 15 knot breeze and some lovely rollers ready for the Practice Race, race one and the Crew’s Race. In the Practice Race there were three restarts (too keen) and then Chris Turner and Alex Hayman 2004 popped out to lead up to the windward mark. The guys who had gone right, not trusting the backing forecast, seemed to pay out and led to a good mix up at the windward mark. Lively waves made for an interesting run and similar for the rest of the race. At least we assume so, since our rudder popped off in the gybe so we missed the rest of the race! The top three at the finish were then first Turner and Hayman, second Andy McKee and Chris Massey 2026 and third Tom Jeffcoate and Tom Pygall 2037.
Race one started straight after, with a little wait for the committee boat to stop dragging its anchor in the big chop, with quite a big shift that benefitted all those that had the space to tack off the line. Pete ‘Mav’ Mitchell and Simon Forbes 2034 won out and screamed up to the front. Andy and Chris had another good’un and got through to second again. This time it was Pete Gray and Rich Pepperdine who got through to third with Tom and Tom slipping to fourth.
The Crew’s Race followed racing with three contenders, with Penny Jeffcoate and Jack Banks 2017 taking the lead from the top. They were closely followed by Ian Dooley and Jo Mahy 2015 until their swim (that required a trip to the dentist!). Then newcomer 13 year old Chloe Willars, competing in her first Nationals with Dad Jon in 2002 stormed through. Extra well done to Chloe for keeping her upright in some very testing conditions!
First 2004 Chris Turner and Alex Hayman
Second 2026 Andy McKee and Chris Massey
Third 2037 Tom Jeffcoate and Tom Pygall
Special Mention 11th 2030 Colin Bradley and Luke Bradley