Originally Posted by IStream
Alex, I assume you meant to say that your topping lift is left adjusted slightly longer than the leech, not your main sheet, correct? If not, could you clarify?
That is correct, sorry about the confusion.
I made my topping lift extremely light and it is carefully adjusted so that I don't have to touch it on the vast majority of my sails. It is light so that it blows out of the way of the leech when sailing. It is carefully adjusted to be just longer than the leech so that it is short enough to keep the boat's boom from touching the dodger when the sail is lowered, but long enough to avoid changing the sail shape.