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"Tall Boy" vs. small Genoa

I recently purchased an old IOR racer that came with a passel of sails. Mostly these vary in size and weight and it is clear when one would hoist which. However, two have me puzzled: One is labeled "Tall Boy". It has dimensions, Foot:14'', Luff:23'', Leach: 21'', for an area of ~152sq.ft. The other is labeled "Genoa Staysail" and has dimensions, Foot:13'', Luff:33'', Leach:31'', for an area of ~203sq.ft. So though roughly equivalent in area, one''s hoist is almost half-again higher than the other. The cloth weights are about the same. Could someone explain to me the relative uses of these two sails? i.e. is one for reaching, the other for pointing? Or something else? Thanks.

Owen McCall
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