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Performance of C-30 Tall Rig vs. Std. Rig

It has been widely stated that you want a C-30 tall rig (TR) when sailing the Chesapeake, because of its light wind conditions; however I have also read one should reef at 15kn with a tall rig. 15 kn is not a lot of wind to begin taking in sail. I have only been on a standard rig (SR) and would like to understand the performance differences between the TR and the SR. I am currently off the Jersey Shore and the SR does fine by me; anyone with experience on the Chesapeake during summer please jump in and help me understand the finer points of this variation. Our intention is to sail from Baltimore to potomac river and up to DC as our summer vacation (July/August). Is there a sail plan which minimizes the effects of the TR? Which offers a less heel at a given speed, and how does the TR vs. SR handle gusts?


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