Scorpion (dinghy)

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DesignerT. J. Dorling
Hull weight81 kg (179 lb)
LOA4.27 m (14 ft 0 in)
Beam1.45 m (4 ft 9 in)
Mainsail area6.7 m2 (72 sq ft)
Jib/genoa area3.25 m2 (35.0 sq ft)
Spinnaker area11.14 m2 (119.9 sq ft)
RYA PN1053

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 while rig controls and cockpit layout are left to personal choice.

The ability to adjust the rig while 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 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.[1]

The dinghy was designed by T.J. Dorling in 1959.

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  1. ^ "Portsmouth Number List 2012". Royal Yachting Association. Retrieved 31 July 2012.