Racing crew requirements

For Flying Scot racing, how any crew members are required?  Is that number specified in the class rules or is it more a matter of judgement based upon crew weight and wind strength?  What is "normal"?

Thanks,   Richard


7. Crew. The total number of

7. Crew. The total number of persons aboard a boat in an event shall be two (2), three (3) or

four (4). From the FS Handbook.


In racing the Scot you most often see two for the hotshots.  Many husband wife teams do very well, with the Nac being won by husband wife teams at 4 of the last 5 years.

3 works really well for teams that have two or three smaller folks, like kids or lightweight women.  Three also works well if you know it will be honking the whole regatta.

4 is usually family teams, bonding on the water.

At our lake you also see the Scot singlehanded pretty successfully on the really light days, but if there is a good chance the wind will pick up, the boat can get to be a handful to race solo.

Phil Scheetz

Flying Scot 5919

Fleet 163, Nockamixon Sail Club

Single-handed FS

I am surprized to hear that the Scot can be single-handed.  Any special gear needed - like smaller sails, jib furler, etc.?  I have asked Thistle, Highlander, 505, and Lightning sailors about single-handed sailing.  Most say it is not a good idea in their boat. 

Too often I have trouble getting someone to crew.  Can you tell me anything more about single-handing a FS?  Do you know anyone who actually does it?

Thanks,   Richard

It is not that hard.  I've

It is not that hard.  I've done it a number of times.  One thing is to have confidence and feel comfortable on the boat.  Knowing the boat makes it easier.  Having controls which are easy to reach from the helm is important.  I've also flown the chute as well alone.  It's a great workout, but, it's a blast!  I'm sure there are others out there that can attest to that.  A couple of things you should keep in mind.  Wind conditions, if you're not sure if it is gonna pick up, put on the masthead flotation if you have one.  Take your time, and most importantly , wear a life jacket.  Sail fast and smart!

Me too

I would say the same.  Confidence, in your skills, the boat, and that it isn't going to blow over about ten, are the key.

Nothing changes on the boat, other than being more proactive about sail controls the depower the rig, earlier.  If it looks to be getting windier, I will really snug the outhaul.

I also fly the spinnaker.  Long course legs, and a tiller tender help.

Phil Scheetz

Flying Scot 5919

Fleet 163, Nockamixon Sail Club