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Asymetrical VS symetrical
One consideration you may want to factor in is the crew. Do you have a big enough crew to handle the symmetrical? Will they be there every week? Can you get enough practice in to make set, gybes and takedowns routine?
If the answer to any of these is no, then you may want to consider the asymmetrical. We raced a Beneteau First 38 last year, and the time we lost because of slow sets, bad gybes and less than textbook takedowns wiped out any advantage the sym had over the asym, many times over. Half way through the year we simplified and went to a smaller asymmetrical, and the change showed in our race results.
If we always had the same 7 people every Tuesday and Thursday night, we would have stuck with the symmetrical. But with only 3-6 people each night and a changing cast, the asymmetrical was the right choice for us.