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Not sure if I can remember this completely and correct, but going by what tenuki mentioned. An article I saw on the V70 boats, one boat in 30-40 knot wind, had three sail sets they used, not only was the sail set based on wind, but also on wave size!. Granted we will not be in 30-40 vs 40-50 vs 50-60 ' waves in 30-40 knot winds, but the sail sets ie full mainsmaller jib vs reefed main/larger jib would be used in the same wind.
Some cases a full main and 110 will work as well as a reefed main and 142 as in my boat. Last saturday my sons and I went out, decided on the 142, got out a bit, wind was a bit more than expected. Slapped in a reef, and found ourselves the same speed as when the main and 110 was up in equal winds. but for the downwind run home, un reef the main with 142 up, a lot faster than the 110 main combo by 1+ knots. or about 20% of hull speed of 6.6 knots!
You will have to vary what sails are up according with practice.
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