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Asymmetrical vs symmetrical spinnakers
My Scampi came to me with a symmetrical spinnaker and its pole. Its old and worn and probably lets lots of air through it, so I am thinking of replacing it.
I am trying to decide if the new one should be symmetrical or asymmetrical and I have no experience with an asymmetrical. From the reading I have done, I can fly an asymmetrical spinnaker on my Scampi by adding a block up at the bow for the tack line, and use the rail with snatch blocks for the sheets. I have winches.
I will be doing some racing in the coming seasons, so I want to select the better sail for that. The racing I will do will probably vary based upon when I can find crew and who is available when, so I don't know for sure what kind of courses it will mostly be. Probably it will be a mix of evening club races and day long NBYA races.
I don't know if there is a good answer to this, but in general, which is the better sail to be equipped with? It seems that asymmetrical sails are better at higher reaching up to a beam reach but don't do so well when running. I know a symmetrical will do broad reaching and running.