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Those are sail track slugs... and you can replace them yourself, if you're handy with an awl and don't mind taking a bit of time to do it. Otherwise, you'll probably have to take the sail down to a sail loft and have them do it.
Does your main have a bolt rope or is it a loose-footed main? I am going to guess that it has a bolt rope and that the boom sail track is in need of cleaning. If dirt and debris build up inside the groove the bolt rope slides along, it can bind up the bolt rope.
If the sail is made of heavier cloth, like some of the off-shore specification sails are, it may not fill out in very light winds.... however in 10 knots of wind, it should have filled out. The fact that you can't tension the foot of the sail properly is going to contribute to the problem a bit, but probably isn't the sole source of the difficulties.
Do you have a boom vang or kicker? Also, did you ease the topping lift? Not easing the topping lift will prevent the leech of the main from taking proper shape. If you have a rigid boom vang or kicker it can also do the same thing, if not adjusted properly.
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