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Lymington River Scows

Lymington River Scows

Scows have sailed on the Lymington River for over a hundred years! The first Scows were built in early 1900's and quickly proved successful as both a sailing and rowing dinghy. It was so ideally suited as a tender to larger yachts that many builders along the East and South Coast built Scows. It was also one of the first dinghies to change successfully from clinker to construction in glass fibre, with a smooth skin inside, and it is amazing just how many of these and their older clinker counterparts are still sailing today.

The virtues of the Scow remain the same today - you can sail, row, race, potter or even fit it with an outboard. The current version is now the Lymington River Scow built locally in GRP by John Claridge Boatbuilders. A Scow will last for years and will become a family favourite over many generations.

Royal Lymington Yacht Club Scow Fleet

Over 200 of our members participate in our Lymington River Scow fleet, in more than 100 boats. This includes non-owners who join in our events and give the sailors great support at sea and onshore throughout the year. Any club member may join the Scow fleet and take part in activities. Members who don’t yet own a Scow may hire one of the two Scows owned by the Club, Valmai II and Praline.

Great boats + a crowd of friendly people = fabulous sailing + loads of fun!

The Scow Fleet organises events throughout the year, designed to provide something for every sailor to enjoy. A regular and active programme is organised including class racing and weekly potters (cruising in company) during the sailing season and talks, walks and suppers in the winter. 

In addition to our club Scow Fleet, the Lymington River Scow Class Association organises events during the season.

Lymington Scow Potters

Scow Potters take place on Thursdays from April until the end of October. A convivial morning sail accompanied by support boats. In 2022 the Scow Potters start on Thursday 14th April and end on Thursday 27th October. Click here for Scow potters launch times.

Click here to download a printable summary of key Scow events in the 2022 calendar

Scow Training

The club organises race training and coaching for Scow sailors during the season. For more information speak to the Scow Fleet Captain.

Regular Scow Racing

Monday Evening Dinghy Racing

Monday Evening Dinghy Racing takes place from April to September at 18:00, with five class starts of which two are specifically for the Lymington River Scows. There are regularly over 30 Scows afloat split into two fleets, with the keener competitors sailing in Gold and those who are looking for a less intense racing experience opting for Silver. The key thing is that the competitors choose for themselves in which fleet to race.

The season is divided into two series – the early series from April to June and the late series from June to September. In addition, we organise an Autumn Series for Scows every Monday evening in September at 17:00. 

More information and ENTER Monday Evening Dinghy Racing & the Scow Autumn Series


Lymington River Scow Racing

In the summer on three Tuesday evenings there are a series of three short races, followed by a Figure of Eight Race in August:
  • Hinxman Trophy Tuesday 10th May 2022
  • Alexina Trophy Tuesday 21st June 2022
  • Captain’s Trophy Tuesday 05th July 2022
  • Figure of Eight Race Sunday 28th August 2022

LR Scow Threading the Needles Event


LR Scow Figure of 8 Event



Join our Scow Fleet!

The Scow fleet is keen to welcome new members of any age. If you would like to crew, please e-mail the Fleet Captain via the club office.
Captain of Scows: Vince Sutherland
Vice-Captain: Mike Urwin
Treasurer/Secretary: Brendan Nellis
Walks Coordinator: Doug Rogerson
Potters Coordinator: Vince Sutherland
Race Secretary:
Lymington River Scow Class Association (LRSCA):