Scorpion Open 2013

A mirror like lake greeted the 13 boats (7 travelers from Pennine and Dovestone and 6 home boats) as they arrived for the 2013 Scorpion Open @ Shotwick Lake.

However, as the morning warmed up the Sea Breeze kicked in and Race 1 started in a building F2-3.
After the first lap the home boat of Carl Jones & Shellie Jones led closely followed by Andy McKee (who sailed to 3rd place in the Flying Fifteen Worlds last year with our own Richard Jones) & Tarren Jones (Dovestone) and Steve Walker & Jerry Hannabuss (Pennine). After the following hotly contested laps and multiple position changes Andy & Tarren came out on top from Steve & Jerry, with Pete Crowther & Dave Thompson (Pennine) slipping past Carl & Shellie to take Third.

Among the home club boats in the battle for the Luff Trophy, Chris Walker & Paul Newman took 6th just in front of Richard Jones & John Purdie in 7th. Carol Becker & Richard Newcomb in their first Scorpion Open Meeting took a well deserved 11th place beating Adrian Hall & new crew Neil Holmes into 12th with Colin Keogh & Neil Miles in 13th.

After a short break lunch Race 2 got underway in a still building breeze. The home team of Richard & John had a poor start having to duck boats on Port tack whilst Andy & Tarren and Steve & Jerry managed to get their noses ahead as the fleet surged towards the first mark.

Carl & Shellie having a few teething problems with their new spinnaker system had headed in for an early cup of tea while the other crews fought it out on the lake. Andy & Tarren edged into the lead and managed to hold onto first making it a double bullet and Open victory.

Of the home boats Rich & John managed to hold off Chris & Paul to get 6th just behind Ann Whitfield & her crew (Pennine). Colin & Neil (M) came 10th, with Adrian & Neil (H) 11th and Carol & Richard 12th

Pictures From Race 2

Pictures by Andrew Jones

Another short break and some fiddling with the spinnaker system on Carl & Shellie’s boat and Race 3 saw twelve boats on the water for the start in a breeze that was still gently building.

Richard & John had a fantastic start, getting to the windward mark to find themselves completely clear of the chasing pack. They managed to stay ahead for just over a lap when Andy & Tarren managed to sneak followed by Steve & Jerry and then Chris Massey & Geoff Edwards (Dovestone).

Race three finished with Andy & Tarren 1st, Steve & Jerry 2nd, Chris & Geoff 3rd, Richard & John 4th and Carl & Shellie 5th

Winnning the event overall with three wins was Andy McKee & Tarren Jones (Dovestone) with Steve Walker and Jerry Hannabuss (Pennine) a close 2nd and Chris Massey & Geoff Edwards (Dovestone) 3rd.

First home boat and retaining the Luff Trophy was Richard Jones & John Purdie (5th), beating Carl Jones & Shellie Jones (6th) by a single point.

The Final Results can be found here

Shotwick Lake 2013 Scorpion Open

A big Thank You goes to Ron King and his team for running the event and as always our marvelous Galley Ladies for keeping everyone fed and watered throughout the day.

Shotwick Admin