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Video: Flying Scot Capsize and Recovery

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By glennw - Posted on 21 June 2010

Here is a video posted on YouTube of a controlled Flying Scot capsize and recovery:


Note the use of the masthead floatation. Also see the crew member holds the cockpit seat edge in order to get into the boat during righting.

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I agree the last thing you want is the Scot turtled.

I've also seen Scot "capsize procedures" where the first step is to swim to the top of the mast and hold it above the water to prevent turtling.  If you have long enough arms, you could also hang on the centerboard.  I did this when we capsized this summer.

In any case, a capsized Scot is no fun.  It's a good thing its hard to do when the board is down.


Glenn Wesley

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Without the good mast /sail floatation climing up the inside of a down boat will usually produce a quick complete turtle of the boat. I would never try this on a boat without really good mast floation or a rescue boat holding the mast up.

The boat in the video has a sail top float.

If you were able to climb over the hull side as it was capsizing and get right on the centerboard then this should work and you can often get back aboard with nothing but wet legs.

If this was tried on a Flying Scot with out mast floation I would be very worried that climbing up the inside would cause a turtle and possibly trapping crew under the up turned hull.

Looks like some capazie drills should be tried on those hot windless summer days instead of just floatiing about getting hot!.




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HERE is a nice description of the capsize recovery process for the Flying Scot.

The url for the link is


Glenn Wesley

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i think this video really shows the power of the mast flotation and how your capsize recovery can be simplified by the flotation