Sharing a lifetime of sailboat savvy, much of it in scows, Minnesota boat builder Willie Crear answered questions and challenged assumptions during the third annual Scow Camp in the Potomac.
With winds howling at 30 plus, about 12 scow sailors huddled with Willie for a white board discussion in the Charleston Room at the Washington Sailing Marina. That was followed by a boat-by-boat review of the vintage Inland 20 fleet. Continue reading Scow Camp 2014→
National scow champion Kevin Caulfield shared many fine points of scow sailing, but underlying it all was this simple premise: heel your boat to reduce wetted area.
With winds of 6knots or less, it was everyone to the lee rail. Our next tip was to use the sails to steer the boat and minimize rudder action.
How well did that go? Check the photos below and see if you can tell which sailors are steering with sheets instead of tillers. We have invited Coach Caulfield to comment on these photos as well…lest you forget!