What is the best way to shorten sail on a Flying Scot?
My wife's and my major interest with our boat is cruising, although we may do some casual racing in the future. The set of North Sails that came with our used, but "near new" boat are in very good shape and would be very adequate for any racing that we would do. However, we've gotten to like sailing on Lake Michigan, and sometime the winds can get quite strong. We've tried sailing with just the Main alone which has worked well with balancing by moving the center board up/back a bit, but we are interested in other ways of shortening sail for more relaxed sailing in those 20+ mph winds. On the forum, I've read about reefing the main, using an old Snipe sail as the main, etc. The reefing sounds very feasible with the reefing kit, but I would have to get reefing points in my sail which I'm relutant to do for fear of ruining it if we do decide to race. Therefore, I'm wondering: Does having reef points put in your sail ruin it for racing? Is it better to buy an old used FS sail to use as my "reefable" sail? Is buying an old Snipe sail the way to go? Does North put in reef points if I decide to go this way? If not, will other manufacturers put reefing points in a North Sail? I'm leaning towards buying an older, but still reasonable FS Main with reef points already in (if I can find one), but don't really want to have multiple sails lying around if not necessary. Any suggestions? Thanks.