This is more a sailing question than a Flying Scot question, but as a relative newbie to the Scot, I'd love insight from y'all.
Set-up: I took lessons years ago on Rhodes 19's in Chicago. A safety tip we were taught about broad reaching and running downwind was to use the jib as an indicator of an impending accidental gybe. I can still hear the instructor saying "If the jib starts to flutter and come over to windward, the main will be next ... push the tiller to leeward."
So, first question: is that sound boathandling advice for the Scot? Or just the effects of my aging memory? :-)
Set-up for part two:
Last weekend, the wind built while we were out and we had a handful getting back to the marina, which was DEAD downwind. With part one above in mind, and especially since I didn't want to gybe or broach in heavy wind, I was being a little conservative. I noticed that my angle downwind was closer to a broad reach regardless of which tack I was on, and it seemed that the boom wasn't out as far as it could have been, even with the mainsheet eased out all the way.
Second question: When running, how far to YOU ease the sail, and is there a visual indicator (I don't know, maybe the how close the boom gets to the shrouds or something) that tells you you're at the limit?
Thanks for any insight.