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Gul 2017 April

Gul Scorpion National Championship at Looe Sailing Club - Overall

by Hannah Edge on 8 Aug 2016 30 July - 5 August 2016

'Feel the rhythm, feel the ride, get on up, it's scorpion time!'

The 6th and final day of the Gul Scorpion Nationals was a glamour day with plenty of sun and waves developing in Looe bay.

The dark sunglasses which were being worn by most of the fleet after the famous scorpion fancy dress party were not out of place in the dingy park. As the fleet rigged up for the final day the race committee were setting the race course 2 miles out to sea in an effort to ensure that there was a constant breeze for the scorpion fleet.

The final race got underway in a force 3 with a heavy port end bias. The fleet quickly made their way up the beat with Chris Massey and Andy McKee 2026 rounding the windward in first place. After a reach that was tighter than the four brides dresses from the night before (Wells, Mursell, Yates, Barker) the second reach was as broad as their ample chests, allowing the fleet to sink low and surf the waves to the bottom of the course.

At the leeward mark Andy and Chris were still ahead but they rubbed shoulders with the mark, resulting in a set of turns, gifting the lead to Peter Gray and Rich Pepperdine 2039 which they held on to for the remainder of the race. After doing turns Andy and Chris held on to second place which wasn't enough to secure the overall win as Chris Turner & Alex Hayman 2004 (Discreet Banana) took 3rd place. With that the 2016 Gul scorpion nationals was sealed by one point over Tom Jeffcoate & Tim Hartley 2037 (Pickled Wombat) and Andy & Chris 2026 (Sneaky Ninja) who were tied on points with Tom & Tim taking second on count back.

Further down the fleet all of the other battles were being fought hard. Stevie G & Charlotte Farmer 1850 (Cream Cracker) managed to hold back the challenge from Sandra Smith & Kate Gurner 1852 (Popsy) to take the classic boat 'transom trophy' home!

As the scorpion fleet knows, it's not over until the Drama Queen sings, and in true style, Janet Richie 2005 managed to produce a storming top 10 result to clinch the lady helm crown from Rachael Rhodes 1976 who had held it all week.

In sibling rivalry news...

Chloe & Nichola Willars 2002 managed to hold off the boys Jonathan & Jake Willars 2017 to finish a place above them. After continuously crossing each other up the last beat, Richard & Lucy Searle 2023 pipped Rachael Rhodes & Hannah Edge 1976 by a second ... Pay back on the first race for Chloe & Lucy and family banter until next year.

After a truly amazing week in Looe at the Gul 56th Scorpion National Championships the National Scorpion Class Association would like to thank Looe Sailing Club for a brilliantly organised and ran event. We would also like to thank Gul for sponsoring the event along with North Sails & Sea View Holiday Village for prizes and offers to our competitiors

Finally before we sign off thank you to the 51 boats that competed, as well as the SWAGs & SHABs and all that supported them

Congratulations to our new 2016 Scorpion Nationals Champions Chris Turner & Alex Hayman

See you all next year at Castle Cove Sailing Club.

Overall Results:
If you finished in the top ten at the Scorpion nationals then enter your Gear Guide information here

PosFleetBoat NameSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10Pts
1stGoldDiscreet Banana2004Chris TurnerAlex HaymanLyme Regis‑711132‑431315
2ndGoldPickled Wombat2037Tom JeffcoateTim HartleyShoreham2‑43221114‑516
3rdGoldSneaky Ninja2026Andy McKeeChris MasseyDovestone / Hollingworth Lake122‑31‑4323216
4thGoldInside Voice2039Peter GrayRich PepperdineStaunton Harold4‑75‑956642133
5thGoldLegal High2033Steve WalkerJerry HannabussPennine55774(BFD)2‑1351045
6thGoldTough Screw2034Pete MitchellSimon ForbesStaunton Harold(DNF)3449356(RET)1347
7thGoldIntoxicated2014Tim ParsonsMike HannanLyme Regis‑13665878‑2312658
8thGoldThe Business1931Kevin GoslingAndrew ServiceBeer3‑1181110‑161176763
9thGoldSnap Shackle & Plop!2020John MursellOli WellsCastle Cove128106‑139(RET)511465
10thGoldSilverlode1995Peter RoseJohn RoseChew Valley Lake6139‑187139‑2015981
11thGoldWombat2025Jack BanksJoe BanksIsland915111015(RET)‑178101189
12thGoldBig Bad Wolf2024Barry WolfendenCatherine MaguireBough Beech81412166‑1915147‑2692
13thSilverHighway Star1981Dave ElstonGav PouillionCastle Cove‑17917812513‑18131693
14thGoldPopping Poly2019John ClementsonMelanie TitmusBough Beech10121412‑24814‑30141498
15thGoldDrama Queen2005Janet RitchieAlan RitchieChipstead2210‑392116‑24122498122
16thGoldIce on Fire1939Rob SmithMike RobbinsCastle Cove‑2717181914(RET)1016821123
17thGoldBarbarians For1958Nigel PotterAmy ClayNotts County11‑24201320(BFD)19101715125
18thSilverBombay Bad Boy1976Rachael RhodesHannah EdgeStaunton Harold1525211517(RET)711‑3520131
19thGoldUP YOURS 22031Peter CrowtherDavid ThompsonPennine142316‑24191116(BFD)2012131
20thSilverStorm1980Jock FellowsCara JonesCastle Cove192015172114‑26‑251922147
21stSilverPrincess Tiger Lily &1959Chris YatesDave BarkerEastbourne Soverign2626‑28141121‑2892617150
22ndGoldPincer Movement2023Ric SearleLucy SearleROYRC1616262226(BFD)‑27151819158
23rdSilverAngel Dust1947Richard JonesJohn PurdiePennine24181326‑3110252729‑33172
24thSilverSaline Drip2030Colin BradleyJenny BradleyPennine21‑3025(DNS)291718281623177
25thSilverHalcyon Daze2021Andrew HaymanMax HaymanSidmouth‑342219231812(RET)332328178
26thGoldCream Cracker1850Stephen GrahamCharlotte FarmerNorthampton2528(RET)252220(RET)192124184
27thGold 2018Anthony OsmanAndy OsmanParkstone‑351922293332(RET)122518190
28thSilverin the bag1962Martin MooreNeil MooreLyme Regis‑29272427‑362321172825192
29thSilverShady Lady2032Steve MitchellPolly NewmanPorthpean‑4131272027182221(RET)32198
30thSilverMoonlight1934Terry FlannaganDavid RavenscroftPennine‑3129‑3128281523222730202
31stSilverPopsy1852Sandra SmithKate GurnerCastle Cove2332(DNS)‑38252220262236206
32ndSilverCartel1952Elly PeggKeithYealm302123‑403229(RET)322429220
33rdSilverDoes my bum look big2000Dave SnutchJohn WellsNotts County20‑393230233534‑363131236
34thSilverit's me or the boat1991David BennettMartin Tuohy‑SmithChew Valley Lake36‑4034313527242938‑41254
35thBronzeJac Y Ddraig Goch2029Carl JonesShellie JonesPennine2834303434‑3629‑373334256
36thBronzeBottyburp the1936Simon HoldenArch HawkinsKing George37‑4529‑44302530353437257
37thBronzeThe Melting Pot1590John GreenhalghDavid GreenhalghElton3833(DNC)323731353130‑43267
38thBronzeJust Crackers1892Alison StephensChristopher ForrestCastle Cove‑453535364130313432‑44274
39thBronzeTouching the Void2015Joanne MahyJulian DogrellSutton Bingham32383341‑4237(RET)403638295
40thBronzePredator1925Martyn DenchfieldHarry JanesStaunton Harold4236373539(52 BFD(5)2 DNS) 384039306
41stBronzeFire In the Sky1891James RipleyAmy GilesPaignton‑4643363940333344‑4540308
42ndBronzeSilverballs2002Chloe WillarsNicola WillarsNotts County444240‑45442632‑464145314
43rdBronzeJust Dreaming1900Paul BeaconKelvin KirkhamPorthpean40(DNC)38373828(DNS)48RET47328
44thBronzeNot another Wombat2017Jonathan WillarsJake WillarsNotts County4337(RET)494534(RET)393946332
45thSilverZephyr2001Malcolm JamesWilliam MacGregorSouth Cerney(52 DNC()52 DNC52 DNS  43463937413742337
46thSilverA La Carte2027Carol HainesJon HainesElton18(52 RET(52 DNS) 3352 RET52 DNS52 DNS52 DN5C2 DNC    27338
47thSilverHarlequin1957Paul GraceAlex RaindorpChipstead3346(52 RE(T5)2 RET5)2 DNS 38   RET454335344
48thBronzeJester1897Drew JacksonLeana SeriauWeston3941(RET)4243(52 RET52 DNS 424249350
49thBronzeBender2010Jon FoxHelen MilesChipstead49(52 RET(52 DNS) 48484036494751368
50thBronze7a1996Kay EcclestoneNigel DowrickPorthpean4744(RET)4749(52 RET52 DNS 434648376
51stBronzeGatecrasher1889Andrew KendallJennifer ElizabethPorthpean48(52 RET()52 DNC) 464752 RET52 DNS 474450386

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