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!
Two days under the tutelage of scow racing champion Kevin Caulfield gave local sailors lots to absorb and put to practice. With light air both days, Coach Caulfield emphasized heeling and the importance of heads-up crew work to keep the big boats moving.
Three I-20s and one M-16 participated Nov. 10-11 with sailors coming as far away as Hoboken New Jersey and Chautauqua New York.
Georgetown Sailing Team loaned a skiff for the event, giving Coach Caulfield maximum maneuverability as the big scows glided through the paces. A more extensive write up is coming shortly. Meanwhile…enjoy these pix from Day 2, which offered a soft south breeze filling the spinnakers to Haines Point.