You make an interesting point. I have a cutter with dedicated running back stays for the forestay.
It seems that if the solent stay was a tad bit shorter, It could carry 100% of the fore load, thus keeping it balanced. That is sailing only with the solent stay sail.
When released, the jib stay would return to 100% of the load.
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