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Paintcraft / Rooster Scorpion Open at Notts County Sailing Club

by David Eberlin 18 Oct 2022 16:43 BST 15-16 October 2022
Exciting racing at the Notts County Scorpion Open © David Eberlin

The Paintcraft / Rooster Scorpion open at Notts County Sailing Club attracted an excellent entry of over 30 boats, no doubt helped by the promise of good winds, sunshine and of course the evening social. Entries came from far and wide, from Sidmouth in the South west to Pennine in the North.

Ken Twemlow and team started the racing soon after noon, with a series of 3 short sharp races, setting a course of double beat, broad reaches and runs. The fleet came in for a quick break then back out for two more races. There were a few spills, and with the wind gusting up to 30 mph at times - it was a good job the water still retained some of its summer temperature.

The evening saw a meal cooked by Pauline and social enjoyed by all.

Sunday saw lighter winds sunshine and an early 10am start. Three races were held back to back allowing prize-giving by early afternoon.

Results over the two days were closer on the water than the numbers show, with the two leading Staunton Harold SC Scorpions swapping places in many races. Tom Gillard and Rachel Rhodes took six firsts out of the 8 races, winning overall by 4 points, Peter Gray and Richard Pepperdine winning the two other races, and with a string of seconds. Third place was Dan Henderson and Amy Clay (ex Nott's County) on equal points with Steve Graham and Jerry Hannabuss fourth, with Ian Cadwalader and Ellie Devereux fifth.

We also had four juniors competing in the open, all from Notts County. The junior combo of Cillian Dyne and Georgia Ridell, sailing (1920) and Freddie Pascaul sailing in his first open with Jeff Peters (2007), also Samantha Mason, sailing with father Richard (1997), who took the shield for first placed junior.

A big thank you to the event sponsors Paintcraft and Rooster sailing.

More photos at

Overall Results:

PosSail NoBoat NameHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1st2013Bearly illegalTom GillardRachael Rhodes 11‑3121118
2nd204550 shades of GrayPeter GrayRichard Pepperdine ‑16212122212
3rd1986Pickled WombatDan HendersonAmy Clay 6324106‑11334
4th2044TallulahStevie GJerry Hannabuss 465544‑7634
5th2026 Ian CadwaladerEllie Devereux 557‑18534736
6th1958 Nigel PotterTBCNCSC28(DNC)3378839
7th2051Mrs Bears BoatDebi ForbesSimon Forbes 13766655(DNC)48
8th1969Water PleaseChris MartinJohn TailbyNCSC3949812‑15449
9th2031 Pete CrowtherDave Thompson (DNC)15979113559
10th2052 Rob CageJohn Reay 1011(UFD)10796962
11th1997PeachesRichard MasonSamantha MasonNCSC7108811109‑1663
12th1937The Bee's KneesMyles JacksonBill Jackson 8131117(DNC)14101588
13th2019Popping PollyAJ SimmMatt Sim 151410111216‑171088
14th1866Friend or FoeMalcolm JamesJake Willars 11(DNC)12131717141498
15th2017Mr Blue SkyJon WillarsNicola WillarsNCSC14121312(UFD)181618103
16th2007Pocket BattleshipJeff PetersFreddie PascualNCSC2019141414‑231911111
17th2048Liquid SpiritChris YatesDave Barker 121615191519(DSQ)17113
18th1929L'Esprit de TurnipGraeme BristowNick Lightbody 94(UFD)DNCDNC151313116
19th1983DollyPhillip DyneJo Riddell 1718(DNC)2216222021136
20th1052ShandyClive GimsonAlison SheldrickNCSC19171616(DNC)252323139
21st1985WalpurgisRob MorsleyMandy Morsley 21(DNC)DNC1513212122144
22nd204x Alan KenyonJames Kenyon 18(DNC)17211920DNC20146
23rd1951SidewinderFiona TaylorGordon Taylor 22(DNC)DNCDNCDNC131212152
24th1984FOENKevin NichollsAlex GreenNCSC23(DNC)DNC2018242219157
25th205x Rob GardnerShandy THompson (DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC818DNC181
26th1987 Adrian JonesVivienne Weston (DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC272424199
27th1928Ozone FriendlyChris Ransome  (DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC282525202
28th1964 Rick WilsonDee WilsonNCSC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNFDNF26212
29th20xxCilllian DyneGeorgia Riddell  (DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC26DNCDNC212
30th1915Highly StrungLeigh CromwellLIZ cROMWELL (DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC217

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