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Old 01-10-2013
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Re: Reefing a headsail???

Hmmm. Just lose the concept that the genoa size relates to the foretriangle area - it does not. It relates solely to the LP relationship to the J. If you do the geometry, a 100% genoa will have an area equal to the (square root of (I squared plus P squared)/I) times the foretriangle area. So if the measurements of a W27 are:

I J P E
34.75ft 11.00ft 29.00ft) 10.75ft

then the area of a 100% jib will be 1.05 times the foretriangle area of 1/2*IP or 529 sq. ft.

I think.
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