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Staysail: Purpose and trimming

Hello all:

I have recently purchased a '72 C&C 36R which is rigged not only for a jib and mainsail, but a staysail too. I am an aptly described "rookie" sailor, and I have no experience with staysails. Very few sloops that I have seen are rigged for a staysail. What benefit is there from flying such a sail? Is it flown in conjunction with the jib and main? If so, does it matter what size the jib is (100%, 135%, or 150% - I have all three)? Finally, is it trimmed in the same manner as a jib?

Your comments and thoughts are greatly appreciated.

Kermit
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