working jib and main together in puffs

Likely it's out there, but I haven't found discussion about how in real time to work the jib, main, and vang together in puffs that cause the Scot to heel and create strong weather helm. Do you ease the jib first or the main first? Do you sequence jib and main, or ease at same time? Do you first work the vang if there is "room" to tighten it as the puff is coming or hits, or just work the jib and main? what is the actual back and forth interplay between jib and main as you navigate puffs? and does anyone tighten the cunnigham and vang at same time to take on puffs? Any thoughts out there re this real time "dance" among these factors during a puff?


Work the main first.

Work the main first. Set the appropriate vang for conditions. Ease and trim the main slightly during puffs as well steer the boat "feathering" up in to the wind slightly before and during a puff. Easing the jib in a puff is a last resort if the puff is very strong and the boat is on the edge of over healing. slightly easing and triming the jib is reserved for shifty and / or light wind conditions, where you could oversteer the boat trying to get up or down to a wind shift. Consider the big flat rudder blade on the Flying Scot as a brake if it is over used. Smoothly ease and trim in shifty conditions, let the boat get moving and keep steering movements smooth and reasonibly small if possible. Michael Mittman Michael Mittman FS# 5804, Fleet 23 Corinthian Sailing Club White Rock Lake Dallas, TX

Michael Mittman

FS 5804, Fleet 23

Corinthian Sailing Club

White Rock Lake, Dallas, TX, USA

I also find that if the crew is holding and actively trimming th

I also find that if the crew is holding and actively trimming the jib sheet, instead of cleating and forgetting, you will be faster. I usually adjust the mainsheet trim actively as well. If you are low (footing) and the crew eases the jib, it will pull harder and you will see that you can bring the boat to the wind. As you do this the crew should be trimming the jib a little flatter, but not yanked too flat. If the jib is luffing excessively, you're too high and the boat will start to slow. When the windward telltale on the jib is stalling, you are pretty close to right on if the jib is trmmed right. If it is streaming straight back, you can usually go higher. The lighter the wind, the less we try to cleat the jib or main sheets. Have fun, Phil Scheetz FS 4086

Phil Scheetz

Flying Scot 5919

Fleet 163, Nockamixon Sail Club

If there is time to tighten the vang before the puff hits, do it

If there is time to tighten the vang before the puff hits, do it. Ease the jib an inch or two for big lulls and back in for big puffs. Set cunningham for average conditions at beginning of upwind leg and forget it. Now concentrate on easing the main in the puffs and keeping the boat flat. Heeling is slow. Don't worry so much about the rigging. Keep your head out of the boat and watch for the next shift. It's worth more to you than most adjustments in the boat. J. Lott FS 5698