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From your descriptions (eg distance from spreaders, experimenting with lead car positions, etc) it sounds like you're not doing anything terribly wrong...
Some mast bend should help.. is the mast inverted now? ie reverse bend? or is it dead straight? Are the symptoms the same on either tack?
I think you're right that it's a mistake to be overtrimming the main to try to deal with this backwinding. It's sounding more and more like the main's simply toast.
And you're still competitive! That's great... I think for now I'd just trim to boat speed, grind on the cunningham, keep the leech driving and doing the best you can with the genoa. With subtlety, lean on your skipper to check out a new main....
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".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
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