Crew: 2 man crew.
Dimensions: 4.27 meters in length and ±81kg.
Sail Area: Mainsail: 6.7 sqm, Genoa: 3.25 sqm, Spinnaker: 11.14 sqm.
Class: Restricted (hull shape remains the same from year to year)
Characteristics: Lightweight, high performance, two person racing dinghy.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
The lightweight, high performance Scorpion is a class of small sailing dinghy. Its adjustable rig enables sailing in all weathers to crews of all weights, ages and experiences. The Scorpion was originally designed for launch and recovery through Cornish surf. Its 14ft hard chine planing hull is built to strict measurements whilst rig controls and cockpit layout are left to personal choice.
The ability to adjust the rig whilst sailing means that the Scorpion can be raced in most conditions. Its lightweight hull (81kg) gives its good performance and easily handling ashore.
With occasional individual exceptions, the traditional Scorpion has been made of wood, but the high specification and resilience of the design has resulted in many of the older boats retaining their performance for 10, 20 or even greater numbers of years.
The class now has a fully competitive foam sandwich construction boat available alongside the traditional wooden construction, with both types of materials widening the appeal of the class without compromising the competitiveness of either method of construction.
Over 2000 boats have now been built and although the basic boat has remained the same, there have been considerable changes in rig control systems and certain other features, including experiments with different materials. It is difficult to date these developments accurately, so in the next few paragraphs, where a change is related to a sail number range, - this is only very approximate.
The class has allowed some development over the years, as well as visual changes in side tank layout. The more recent introduction of a fully raking rig has enabled crews of different weights to handle the boat with ease in both light and heavy weather, and has allowed the boat to be sailed competitively in handicap fleets across ALL weather conditions. There have been many innovative ideas over the years, wooden hulls still predominate, but there is now little to choose between wood and foam for performance.