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Seems like you're asking about luffing in the aft 1/3 of your jib and everyone is telling you about getting rid of leech flutter. Perhaps the jiblead needed to be moved more forward in the light air. This might tend to tighten the angle of attack of the aft section of the sail, (giving it more "belly") and stop the luffing in that section. In really light stuff, I find that sometimes opening up the slot (moving the lead outboard, as you mused) keeps the airflow moving better and the boat moving faster, because you're not trying to "bend the wind" so much. I do whatever's fastest.