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Re: Why does this rig not need running back stays
I've seen quite a few Westsail 32s and I don't believe I've seen one with running back stays. Many of those boats have been to Europe and back. They're usually not standard on masthead rigged sailboats. Usually they're seen on tall fractional rigged boats.
Having said that, JRD22 sure has some good evidence that Westsail had them in mind when they designed the boat. The Westsail is a heavy seas boat, slow but reliable. I doubt if you'll really need them, but on a boat Murphy and his law are always on steroids.