Thanks for your comments, Mike.
Yes, with what we've learned from our previous (and first) race, plus what I read here on SailNet in the "The finer points of sail trim" thread in Learning to Sail, plus what I'm learning from Dedekam's Sail and Rig Tuning
having the new sails on, plus
having the standing rigging better-tuned than it was last outing: We hope to experience some pretty significant differences next time out
. (Hopefully our new mainsheet blocks will be in by tomorrow, as well.)
Of course: The problem with all this new learning is internalizing it, integrating it, whatever. It will take time for all this learnin' to become second nature
Meanwhile, come to find out: A sailmaker crew-member of the PO once made up a set of "experimental" sails for the boat in the last year the PO raced her. It seems they consist of a Kevlar main and #1, and a PenTex #3. PO says they "fit like a glove" and perform like nobody's business. I've asked him how much the man wants for the sails. Probably more than we can afford or justify, but maybe we'll get lucky and be able to get 'em dirt cheap
If nothing else: Be nice to get at least the new #3, to go with the (current) new main, and light and heavy #1's.