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Old question about spinnakers and racing
SailingFool is right. We''re still battling with that question ourselves! However, here are a few thoughts to consider:
The top 2 considerations are:
A) What type of racing does your local fleet usually do? Windward / leewards or point to point racing with a higher probability of reaching.
B) Does your local PHRF board have an asy. penalty? (Usually a 6 second adjustment for those fleets that do.)
Lots of the older (read heavier) PHRF boats racing today will only have a limited benefit from an Asymmetric, especially if they are subject to a rating adjustment or if they mostly do W/L short course races. Those Asys don''t do you much good packed in the bag and symmetric spinnakers are still the best option straight down the hill. On the other hand, if you''re not subject to a rating adjustment, it''s a real nice weapon to have in the inventory for those reaching legs when the 155% is just not enough. It can often turn a reaching parade into a real opportunity to make a big move. Just some food for thought.