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Okay, on the going upwind version, I'm not sure what you would gain with sail between main and mizzen. I'm the last person in the world to talk physics, but in my case (cutter rigged ketch) the further aft you go the more you have to sheet the sails inboard to take advantage of the wind curling around the forward sails. Even without a staysail, I find I have to sheet the mizzen in more amidship than the main. A sail between main and mizzen would really make that slot close up, I would imagine.
As for a mizzen chute, I'd love to see a picture. One thing I like about a ketch on a long passage is the ability to sail with double headsail (poled), and no main, with the mizzen up. Way easier to handle by yourself than a chute, and the mizzen helps control the rolling without blanketing the headsails.