Making the Back End Easier to Handle

In response to my questions, Stan Honey, of the famed Sally Lindsay/Stan Honey 505 team, provided the following information on how their boat was rigged differently to make it easier for Sally to handle the back end. - Ali
We did a couple of things that helped, but basically all were just adding a bit more purchase. It seemed to help more early in the season, because Sally would get pretty strong by the end of the season.

Our mainsheet came up to the boom from a bridle on the transom, and then had three parts at the centercam. For light air, we would pull a fastpin on a becket on top of the hexarachet, and let the extra block float up to the boom, getting rid of the 3:1 in the center and going to 1:1 in the center. That worked great.

Our vang was 24:1, and the shrouds were 56:1. The other thing that we did was to have a vertically lifting centerboard, which reduced the weather helm on three sail reaches, but I think that Sally liked it mostly because it felt better, I don't think that strength was a factor.


Stan Honey crewed for Sally Lindsay in Buck Dancer. Some of their (many) top finishes were 10th in the La Rochelle 505 Worlds. Sally earlier won the 505 North American Championship with Mark Lindsay on the wire.