rigging for racing

I have a Scot that is set up with the family package. I want to start racing, so I need to modify the rigging. Does anyone know of detailed pictures or drawings that indicate rigging set up that I can download? If possible, I'd like to do the work myself and just buy the parts but I want to see what I'm getting myself into. I received a drawing from Dee at FS, but I'm looking for something more detailed. Can anyone point me in the right direction?


Try to go see a Scot already rigged and if possible SAIL on it!!

Try to go see a Scot already rigged and if possible SAIL on it!! There are so many small things that can be different that some people like and others can not put up with. Some choices to name a few: Centerboard Cap. Do you want it smooth and clear of fittings so that you can sit on it or is it OK to mount cointrols on it? Same with the side deck. Smooth for sitting with underdeck leads or more simple and accessible sail leads mounted on the deck. Similarly do you want to clutter the seat with jib lead hardware. The best arrangement will also depend on crew number, 2 or 3, and spinnaker handling style and a lot of personal preferance. Also crew strength and expected wind strenght for 1 or 2 part jib leads. The first thing you need if you do not have it is a masthead fly and tell tales on the jib and maybe main. A good masthead fly is crucial to effective racing with the spinnaker. Jib tell tales really help in sailing upwind. The only thing you really need right away is a spinnaker, pole, halyard and sheets, turning blocks aft and a cleat. Everything else is an upgrade to existing hardware and can wait until you have raced a few times. Try a second hand spinnaker for practice until you learn the hoist and douse procedure. Under the deck leads sound great but they have more line friction than directly led sheets.The associated holes in the deck and seat can let water in if you have taken a knockdown. If I were doing it I would try an auto rathet block for the aft spinnaker block. Lead the spinn sheet on deck to a turning block and cam cleat. The cleat should be within reach of the skipper and crew. I also prefer to have the halyard led aft to the skipper. Good luck. FS 3512

Check out the Unofficial Flying Scot web site http://home.

Check out the Unofficial Flying Scot web site http://home.att.net/~unofficial-flyingscot-page/ . This website shows a lot of pictures for different configurations for spinnaker, cunningham, boom vang, and jib blocks on a FS. Be aware that there are a lot more configurations that what this website shows. My Scot was family rigged and I recently started racing and there are lots of options based on the preferences of skipper and crew(s). For the spinnaker, I went the simple route with spinnaker sheets above deck, aft halyard cleat with an auto take-up reel. I also suggest mounted guy clips instead of using a tongue depression type of clip on the chain plate. We are still evaluating changes in our jib blocks, cunningham, and boom vang. Andy

There are so many right ways to rig the boat that you'll get cra

There are so many right ways to rig the boat that you'll get crazy. Often things like how many crew and how the work is distributed makes a big difference in how one would rig a boat. For example we just recently changed our spinnaker halyard setup. Our old setup the spinnaker halyard went through a block on the deck and cleated on a cleat that was at the edge of the deck (toward the cockpit). This meant that my crew had to do pretty much everything herself for setting/dowsing the spinnaker. All I just helped a little by pulling the spinnaker sheet a bit when needed. It was a lot of work for her and very slow for racing. We changed the setup to the through deck halyard with the take-up reel. This means that I (the helmsman) now raises the spinnaker, while my crew just attaches it and then starts working on the spinnaker pole. For us the new setup makes a huge difference. We also added the down haul to the topping lift (for the spinnaker pole). That's useful to us, too. We haven't messed with the spinnaker sheets, they still go on top of the deck. I'm still worried about getting my boat swamped if we tip. We only tipped once but we took our dear time to get the boat upright again. The boat was still dry inside, but with the hole of through deck spinnaker sheets we would have had some water in it. You also need to think about how you store your spinnaker. The seat bungee/shelf or just a basket. BTW there is no _need_ to change the rigging. You could even race the boat without a spinnaker. My recommendation is to go start racing now and look at other boats besides and in front of you. See what they are doing and think if it looks efficient and if their setup is something that could work for you. Then check out the boat after the race. Talk to the skipper and crew about it. Look at other boats to see how they are setup. Think more about it. And after some time make your decision and start adding the new holes into your boat, in the hopes that you don't make to many unnecessary ones. ;) Good luck, fair winds and go out there to enjoy racing.

Claus FS5074 Ames, IA

You don't need to do anything but go race.

You don't need to do anything but go race. You are going to be beaten up on for a while. Go race with whatever you have. Make changes as necessary. Some people like things one way and other people like things the other way. I have seen people do well in boats equipped with the same hardware that came with the boat in the 70's and others do terrible with newer equipment. Best, Eric 4224

Eric - It seems that others have the same suggestion - basical

Eric - It seems that others have the same suggestion - basically to get out onto the water with the boat and see how things go before committing to modifying the boat. I'll make it a point to show up at the club early so that I can speak with others about why they rigged their boats the way they did. Thanks for your input. Steve

We raced with Scots on the Rocks and came in last, three times.

We raced with Scots on the Rocks and came in last, three times. We are not bad racing sailors but those boys and girls on Lake Murry showed me that a new boat is not the answer. We had good starts but we were passed by everyone. What this race taught me is that we need time in this boat. I am amazed that little things make big changes. Small things like flat sailing, pointing and tiller control. This is true with all one designs but the Scot seems to move and slow with little small adjustments. Even though we did not show very well, we feel that we can come back with practice. I am going to tune this boat up, practice and go to Lake Norman next month. Hopefully I can trick some Scots to come to our regattas in Charleston next June and July. David FS5867 Fleet Not yet Charleston, SC

Steve, You will be surprised at how helpful people are.

Steve, You will be surprised at how helpful people are. If there is something particularly crazy about your boat someone will tell you. Eric