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    Since its design and first launch in 1960, the Scorpion has adopted developments over the years to become the present modern competitive sailing dinghy. The hull, constructed in wood or foam-sandwich, is built to strict measurements with small tolerances. Cockpit layout and rig controls are left to personal choice and class rules permit a choice of mast and sail suppliers. The Scorpion is a responsive boat with a light hull that gives excellent acceleration. Upwind it points well and tacks easily, and off wind the spinnaker ensures a stunning performance. Whether you are sailing inland or on the sea the Scorpion will give the performance you need.

    The class association actively promotes Scorpion sailing throughout the country. Regular national and regional training events are held, as well as a full Open Meeting programme and an annual week-long National Championships at a sea venue. 

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    Scorpion designer Taprell Dorling in 1960
    Hull material Wood and Foam Sandwich
    Length 4.27m
    Beam  1.45m
    Number of crew 
    Sail area Main: 6.7m sq, Jib: 3.25m sq, Spinnaker: 11.14m sq
    Rig  Mainsail, headsail and symmetric spinnaker
    Class status RYA National Class, adopted in 1967

    Scorpion Scorpion line drawing

    Scorpion class contacts

    Chair: Chris Yates

    Class Secretary: Steve Walker

    Technical Officer: Jerry Hannabuss 

    Rules & Measurement

    Current Class Rules

    Scorpion Measurement Form

    How to obtain a Measurement Certificate

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    Scorpions racing

    Scorpion National Champions

    2018 Castle Cove SC Alan Krailing & Simon Forbes (Scorpion 2034)

    2017 Castle Cove SC Andy McKee & Steve Graham (Scorpion 2042)

    2016 Looe SC Chris Turner & Alex Hayman (Scorpion 2004)

    2015 Lyme Regis SC Andy McKee & Chris Massey (Scorpion 2026)








    Scorpion builders

    Ovington Boats, Tanners Bank, North Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE30 1JH. Tel: 0191 257 6011. Email: Website:

    Pinnell & Bax Ltd, Heathfield Way, Kings Heath, Northampton, NN5 7QP. Tel: 01604 592808. Email: Website:

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