Originally Posted by SchockT
Imagine if it got REALLY light and they found themselves without a sprit to fly a code zero!
You better believe they can re-install the bowsprit in less time than it needs to reach the next start line. They almost certainly are not getting enough advantage from removing it to warrant the risk of a light air race without a code zero.
As Julie said, the wind speed in the SF Bay are pretty rock solid predictable -they are very unlikely to change that significantly during one race. I would be astonished to find a code zero stowed on board along with it's continuous line furler. That's an awful lot of weight to schlep along just in case. The sail bag is probably about as big as a family sedan.