Nationals 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
Blue Chips
Inland Champs
MIR Regatta
La Belle Tune Up
Cedar Lake Icebreaker 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Springfield Tune-Up 1,2,3,4,5


Nationals 1,2,3,4,5
Blue Chips
ILYA Champs
ILYA Invitational
Inland Champs 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
Western Michigans 1
WYA Championship 1
Springfield Regatta 1


Inlands 1,2,3,4,5
Blue Chips 1



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I-1 Gold Mainsail
Wind Range: 0-20 knots

2014 National Champion!

Our light to medium C Scow main is ultra-fast in any condition. For the best combination of pointing ability and pure speed, the I-1 is far ahead of the competition.

While keeping the overall integrity of our highly successful I-1 Mainsail intact, we have made a few enhancements which will make the I-1 Gold tough to beat:

  • The broadseems have been smoothed out to make a smoother body
  • The head, clew and tack patches have been redesigned and reinforced to provide for more stability at the most critical points of the sail
  • We have added a little more depth to the overall shape to provide for more power which fast C Scow teams desire.

Specifically designed for ILYA racing and winds up to 20 knots. It features break-through design that incorporates increased fullness for power yet is controllable with increased velocity.

I-1 Gold mainsail includes:

  • Custom RBS tapered battens
  • Choice of red, blue, black or green numbers
  • Enhanced vision window
  • Waterproof personalized sail bag
  • Ultra-lite luff and leech telltales
  • Class insignia
  • ILYA measurement number
  • Spectra leech line

Harecut Mainsail
Wind Range: 0-15 / 15-25 knots

The Harecut has won more races in C Scow sailing than any other sail in history. With a flatter profile and a harder cloth than the I-1, the Harecut is the sail to have when the breeze is up. If you want to go fast in a breeze, or if you have light crew weight, the Harecut is the sail of choice.

The Harecut mainsail is designed for 15 knots of wind or more, especially when you need that extra gear in a big race. Great for two in medium conditions and a must for the big wind conditions. Also proven to be very fast in light variable, shifty, flat water conditions.

Harecut mainsail includes:

  • Custom RBS tapered battens
  • Choice of red, blue, black or green numbers Enhanced vision window
  • Waterproof personalized sail bag
  • Ultra-lite luff and leech telltales
  • Class insignia
  • ILYA measurement number
  • Spectra leech line

G137 Mainsail
Wind Range: 0-12 knots

The New G-137 mainsail design is a proven winner in light air. Best in the 0-12 mph range the G-137 has been a part of Jim Gluek’s arsenal for many racing seasons. Fast upwind and downwind – a great sail for your C scow inventory. Made out of 3.8 oz cloth with special attention to detail. The sail to have in light days!

>> Contact the C Scow Experts Experts for additional information and questions about our products.

Review Your Equipment:
Take the time to check all your pins and stays for wear.  Clean your mast and spreaders with soap and water or acetone.  Also, please check your wire halyard for any frayed wires and or cracked swages.  Clean and lubricate your turnbuckles.  Tape your turnbuckles so that they stay in the selected position you choose.

Setting Up Your Mast - Measuring Your Mast Rake:
Please install your sidestay turnbuckles in the forward hole of your chainplates.  Tighten the bolts with  7/16th wrenches.  Have the bottom of the spar held down on the mast step ball while you walk the spar up.  Hook up your forestay.

Once you mast is up and in place take a 50ft. steel tape measure and attach it to the shackle on the wire main halyard.  Pull your rope halyard so that the tape goes all the way to the top of the spar.  Be sure you latch the halyard ball into the halyard latch at the top of the spar just like when you hoist and lock your sail in place.  Pull down on the halyard to make sure the ball is locked in place.

When measuring, measure the tape to the center of the boat where the deck and stern meet. The starting point for your set up should be 31’10.5”.  After you get to this measurement you are ready to adjust your sidestays.

Sidestay Tension:
With your mast rake at 31’10” your sidestays need to be taught.  If you tighten the sidestays as tight as you can without a tool your tension will be correct.  Do not over-tighten.

Jackstay Settings:
We keep the settings for our jackstays very simple.  If you set your jackstays to the following you will be fast and you will achieve maximum pointing with your North Sail.  Please keep in mind that when you sail with 3 people your desired combined crew weight is below 500lbs.  Whether you are using the I-1 or the Harecut – the tension does not vary.

Two People Racing -Jackstays:  45”
Three People Racing – Jackstays:  40”

To measure your Jackstays, take a tape measure from the deck of the boat next to the mast, and measure up the mast.  It is best to start at 34” and put a mark on your mast every 2” until you get to 50”.  This will allow for a quick reference on where your Jackstays are when you are on the water. 

l-1 Gold Mainsail Set-up

The I-1 Mainsail will excel in all conditions however it is ultra quick in the 0-15mph.  This sail also excels in lumpy, choppy conditions as there is not a more powerful sail in the C boat class. 

Please run through the following checklist so that your boat is in tune for your new I-1 Mainsail.

Wind Condition: 0-8 knots

Mast Rake:  31’11.  This is your maximum forward mast rake measurement.  Used only in the light air.  The spar can be pulled this far forward for downwind sailing too.

Board Height: The head of your board should be just 2” above the board box slot.

Cunningham:  No tension.  Leave the horizontal wrinkles in the luff of the mainsail – this gives you maximum fullness.

Outhaul: Be sure to have the foot of the sail tight.  Remove all wrinkles and pull hard enough to begin to develop a “shelf” in the foot of the sail. 

Vang:  No tension upwind or downwind.  A small amount of tension may be applied if bouncing through powerboat chop.  Be quick to ease though once back in smooth water.

Traveler: 4” down from the centerline is where you should have your traveler car in this condition.  Keep a soft sheet so that you promote twist in the sail. 

Downwind Set Up:
Tension your leech cord and ease your outhaul 2”.  Your leeward board should be down ¼ of the way.  The helmsman needs to sit on the leeward side as far forward as possible.  The crew needs to stand and hold the boom out.  Have your crew look back to help with downwind boat position (clear air) and have him watch for wind.

Wind Condition: 8-15 knots

Mast Rake:  This needs to go back to 31’10” but no further.

Board Height:  As the breeze builds to 10-12 m.p.h. you need to slide your board up so that the head is 3-4” above deck.  This will allow the boat to steer easier as the helm increases in the building breeze.

As the breeze builds you will be looking to de-power your boat.  Remember, you never want the boat to heel so much that your leeward rail or gunnel gets wet.  If the boat begins to over heel you need to follow this sequence.

Outhaul: Pull your outhaul control hard enough to make a firm shelf in your sail along the foot.  This is important in relation to your pointing and upwind performance.

Depowering Sequence:

Traveler – drop the traveler down as the breeze builds.  All the way if necessary.
Cunningham – pull this hard so that the horizontal wrinkles are removed from the luff of your sail.
Vang – apply this in order to bend the boom and lower portion of the spar.  This will flatten the sail and open the leech of your sail.  Anytime you are in need of easing your sail in the breeze you need to have a fair amount of tension on your vang.  When racing in heavy air, do not be afraid to pull the vang on very tight as it allows the boat to get into an extra gear.
In order to power the boat back up you can follow the sequence in reverse.  Be quick to power your boat back up through the lulls.  Anticipate the changing wind velocity so that the boat stays on an even heel all the time.

Downwind Technique:With the building breeze you and your crew will want to reverse heel the boat – sitting on the high side and leaning out to weather.  You have to pull on the straps in order to get the boat to heel.  If you want to go fast you have to do this. You and your crew should sit in your normal upwind positions.  There is no need to slide your weight back.  Your windward board should be down ¼ of the way and your leechcord will be tensioned again.  Ease your outhaul 3”.

Harecut Mainsail Set-up

The Harecut mainsail will perform best in the breeze.  The sail is designed for lighter crew weights and for boats that want to go ultra fast upwind and downwind in these conditions.  The Harecut is the sail to have as the breeze builds!

Wind Condition: 12-25 knots

Mast Rake: 31’10” is your max aft rake unless it gets above 25 then you can drop back to 31’9”.  With the promotion of mast bend for top speeds you do not want to go back any further than the above number.

Board Height: The head of your board should move up to 4-6” above the board slot.  This is critical to the overall speed of your boat upwind.

Outhaul: Pull this control to the maximum out position on your boom which is the inside position of the black band on outboard end of  your boom.

Depowering Technique: The same process applies to the Harecut Mainsail in these conditions.  You must pull much harder however as the breeze builds.  The Cunningham must be pulled very hard.  The vang needs to be pulled to its max. and the traveler needs to be all the way out. 

The most critical control in this condition is your mainsail trim.  As the boat overheels you have to throw your sheet out 6-20” so that the boat remains “on its feet” (meaning not overheeled).  For maximum speed you cannot cleat your mainsail in these conditions.  You must be prepared to trim and ease according to the wind.

Downwind Technique: Ease your outhaul 3” and tension your leech cord.  If you are sailing with 3 people in the breeze all of you must be leaning out in order to get the boat to heel to weather.  This is one way to prevent nose diving in the larger waves.  The other way is for your helmsman to steer around the waves. 

The board should be down ¼ of the way still.  As the breeze increases have your crew increase vang tension.  This will allow the boat to be more stable downwind in the increased velocity. 

Sail Fast... Sail Smart!

Competitive Scow Boathandling 2-disk DVD-Rom                 A GREAT GIFT IDEA!


The newest addition to the Competitive Boathandling Series presented by Harken and North Sails is Competitive Scow Boathandling. This installment is unique among the series as it is a two-disk five boat video that features four of the most popular scows representing a cross-section of the scow racing world. In addition, there are special features that include content on the X-Boat junior trainer in addition to personal moments with Buddy Melges and other exciting footage demonstrating the awesome power of the Scow.  

This is a video for the entire family that offers over two hours of instructional content on the most exciting boats enjoyed by young and old among the inland lakes and coastal tributaries in the US. The topics covered include every facet of boathandling around the race course on the A-Scow, C-Scow, E-Scow and MC-Scow narrated by Harry Melges III, Eric Hood and Andy Burdick with special notes from Scow historian Thomas Hodgson.

In addition, disk two which includes special features such as the interview with Buddy and the X-Boat is a mixed-mode disk which operates as both a DVD for TV playback as well as a DVD-ROM for PC instruction.

Watch the trailer of the DVD

This set of 2 DVD-ROMs reviews every boat and sail handling situation for the A, C, E and MC scows with full-size video and text instruction in a versatile PC environment. Disk 2 offers bonus material that can be played in a television DVD player.

Minimum PC Requirements:

· Windows ME, 2000, or XP
· XGA monitor of resolution 1024x768 or better
· Internet Explorer 5 or 6 as default browser
· Microsoft Windows Media Player 9 or higher (9 is provided on disks for optional installation)
· At least 128MB of RAM (256MB+ preferred)
· Processor speed of at least 600Mhz and Pentium III class or better (800Mhz+ preferred)
· DVD-ROM drive with rotation speed of at least 6x

IMPORTANT: There may be compatibility issues with Windows 7.

Contact the C Scow experts:
Andy Burdick
(262) 275-9728 Work
(262) 275-8012 Fax
Jim Gluek
(262) 275-9728 Work
(262) 275-8012 Fax
Harry Melges
(262) 275-9728 Work
(262) 275-8012 Fax
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