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Norm Rhines

Adam:

I will add one other bit in for your thoughts. My W32 has balanced reefing points as follows
below 7 Kts I fly a drifter with no stay.
5- 18 kts Working Jib, Stay and a full main
16 - 24 Kts Working jib, main reefed 1
22 - 35 Kts Stay only, main reefed 2
Above 35 It depends on the point of sail and my intentions.

The stay sail adds to the flow as Dave pointed out as well as adds to sail effort forward. The later can be addresed with a larger jib when you are off the wind, but hard on it does not quite work to just up size the jib.

On Imagine in light winds I have found the drifter alone without the stay works best for me south of a broad reach so the slot effect dependent on the wind speed and sail arrangement relitive to each other.
When the stay is included it adds about 3 to 5 deg of additional pointing ability when going hard on the wind (something I do try to avoid).

Adam I hope my experance helps helps you a bit.

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