Race legal jib roller furling

I have tried a roller furling jib scheme on my Scot and liked it, however the rigging change needed for going back to the race legal standard jib scheme is a bother. I would like to see roller furling be legal for racing. It is probably a racing disadvantage with the extra weight, and perhaps slightly smaller jib. On that rare occassion when the jib is lowered in light air on a spinnaker run it would be easier to furl than to lower the jib, but 99% of the time the jib stays hoisted on a spinnaker run. I daysail with the Scot, single handed as well as with crew, and would like to be able to race as well without the hassle of a jib rig change. I race at the club level with occassional travel to regattas and an occasional first finish in a particular race. It seems that after allowing cleats on the seat, underdeck spinnaker sheeting, and multiple type jib tensions ( none of which are on my boat) we could at least throw a bone to those of us interested in more than just racing in order to make the use of the boat more convenient for single handed sailing and for certain docking situations. Race legal jib furling might increase sales. It might get a smidgen extra race participation on windy days from beginners or people not wanting to "fight" the boat in heavy wind. They could sail to the race course under main only. DO I Have ANY SUPPORT FOR THIS? Gabor Karafiath FS 3512, West River Sailing Club Topic

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In my humble opinion, the "legal" status would probably only be

In my humble opinion, the "legal" status would probably only be an issue at a sanctioned event such as NAC, Midwinters or any of the other big events. I would think most club events and other regattas would welcome another boat on the line and another entry fee in the kitty. You make a good point, that major changes have taken place to the substantial benefit of the racing portion of the Scot clan. However, these are changes to the control lines versus to the rig itself. I can understand the argument that roller-furling is a change to the rigging rather than the controls and could dilute the "one-design" nature of class racing, eventually leading to a "class within the class" as has happened with standard versus tall-rig Catalinas and the several variations of Laser sail plans. In the Laser class, it did increase sales apparently. All that said, I personally think you should be allowed to race on a local and club level without having to change your rig. I wouldn't protest you. Now if you start winning regularly... that might be another issue . Bob New FS 5143 Merritt Island Florida Fleet Captain Fleet 179

Roller Furling on a Scot jib is not legal.

Roller Furling on a Scot jib is not legal. I have installed the jib roller furling system available from Flying Scot Inc. It is very nice and makes for ease of use. But for racing, I would hope your local regatta organizers and fellow competitors would let it slide. The roller furling system requires a different jib and much different rig tension / setup. Bottom line is that your typical roller furling system on a Scot is not fast, but does make for a very enjoyable day sailor. -Michael FS# 5804 http://FlyingScotSouth.com 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