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My boat is configured for a removeable inner forestay soley for the the purpose of flying the storm jib, in combination with the third reef. The third reef is an alternative to the storm trysail. I believe flying the storm jib from an inner forestay provides for the proper balance interaction between the two sails, which will not occur with a small sail set on the forestay.
One would be exposed to a lot of risks to use a partially furled light air genoa as a storm sail, although its an expediance step if not otherwise prepared.
Last edited by sailingfool; 01-18-2007 at 10:02 PM.