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The baby stay can be a relatively brutal way to induce mast bend, as you say, or else is there to limit pumping of the mast in a seaway while beating in some chop/waves.
As for stowing it, is it too long to clip to the shroud base somewhere? IIRC the P 10M is more or less a flush deck which means the babystay is generally longer than those that terminate on a cabintop.
Another possiblity (unless it's rod) might be to put a hook on the base of the mast and take a turn around it and clip the babystay to something further up the mast... Yet another would be to shorten it (the wire portion) somewhat and put a longer tackle on it that could be shortened up to stow it.
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