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Jody was on my boat last weekend, and to a degree, by raising the jib above the LF's, we did get better sail shape, and did gain some speed. BUT, I would also like to point out, that his jiblet is some 3-4' shorter than my forestay, so there is room for this added ~2' of raising of the jib!
If you are in truly light winds, ie uner 7-8 knots or so a lot, you may wish to invest in a drifter. Which is for my boat, a 130 jib, made from about 1.5-2 oz nylon spin cloth, and with a higher cut clew, to allow one to get the clew up and away from the LF's, but is a full length luff, for max drive along the luff. One other boat in my YC has one of these, along with another boat like mine north of me in Vancouver BC vs me being in the greater Seattle area. Both are able to move when others with lighter 155's stall out. Another option is a tapedrive/carbon 155, which would be lighter in cloth wt than a dacron HS, and catch the zephers better too.
There are a few ways in lighter airs to make your boat sail better.
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