Nothing wrong w/ your pole. That's a solid setup.
If you are racing canvas you can probably get away w/o a down haul or foreguy. Your pole is set up for dip jibes. To accomplish this your pitman and mast man have to work together. Mast man has to raise the inboard end and the pit drops the topping lift lowering the outboard end. Spend a little time at the dock to see how high the inboard end has to be raised so the pole can swing thru the fore triangle. Once you figure that out mark the mast w/ a piece of electrical tape for a reference point. Your bowman should be in the pulpit w/ the lazy sheet facing aft and just drops the lazy sheet into the jaw as the pole swings thru. W/ a little practice it's very easy, quick and safe.
The process is the same for a spinaker but you will need a down haul on the pole.
S/V Deja Vu