The Scorpion is a class of small sailing dinghy. The Scorpion is a lightweight, high performance, two person racing 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.
The class has a strong class association. The website at http://www.sailscorpion.co.uk allows members to keep in touch, and the lively newsletters contain technical articles, advice on tuning and race tactics, and news and views.
In handicap racing the Scorpion sails off a Portsmouth Yardstick of 1053.
The dinghy was designed by T.J. Dorling in 1959.