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What you may have heard and been thinking is that a large genoa is less efficient (meaning more heeling and drag for the same amount of drive), but in lighter air or deeper sailing angles it may be faster.
The way that modern race boats are designed, they start out with a comparatively large and efficient standing sail plan relative to their drag and so rarely need more sail area beating or even close reaching even in light air, but they generally fly large reaching sails as soon as they are broad off the wind.
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Curmudgeon at Large- and rhinestone in the rough, sailing my Farr 11.6 on the Chesapeake Bay