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Norm Rhines


My 2 cents.

If you reread my post you will note I only deploy the running backstays above 18Kts. So if I am running down wind 165 to 195 deg. off, I use the fore sails for all of the power and my normal setup has the main all the way down. That said: when I run bit more tward a reach I do use the main Reefed and as you point out I use only one running back at a time (I also use a preventer) Note: the main sheet is acting somewhat like the second running back in this config. Yes tacking takes some effort but on a long voyage this is a good thing, as it gives you something to do.

So my thoughts are if you are in light enough wind to have the main and jib up the running backs are optional but if it is strong enough to take the jib down then they are a good idea.

Hope this helps:

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