...but where does the "pumping" come from??
As the headsail fills, it pulls the forestay attachment point on the mast forward... as the sail empties, say during a tack, the mast springs back, and then as the sail fills again, it gets pulled forward again... do this over and over again...say short-tacking up a channel in heavy wind, the repeated loading and unloading of the mast is generally referred to as "pumping", and can lead to the mast, shrouds and stays fatiguing... with the mast being the most affected, since it is aluminum, and aluminum fatigues the most readily. IIRC, stainless steel has to be loaded to a certain strain level before it starts to fatigue.
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