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@paulk, 'The actual point of the article you read may be that it's better to have the right sail up for the conditions. Many r/f jibs are sufficiently blown out to not be very effective upwind foils, or (like gennakers) are designed more for reaching performance at the outset. The best solution would be to have a new genoa that works well upwind'
to quote from the article on PBO 'If you have a furling Genoa, it's much faster upwind to use a working jib on an inner forestay than to try to reef the furling sail.'
I think you are dead right about the right sail for conditions, ive came to the conclusion our poor performance upwind is caused by the roller genoa, but im no expert, i like the idea of trying the dual foil dual sail idea for using an upwind jib and changing around the marks, or alternatively as you suggested a furling sail cut more for upwind performance? im guessing this would not be the most efficient for reach and broad reaching?
i wondered about the option of fitting a pad eye a few inches behind the furler and hoisting an upwind cut of jib specifically for beating, if the jib had a wire luff could it attach to the pad eye at the foot then be tensioned with a dyneema halyard at the head without using a forestay? then quickly removed prior to rounding the mark..
options seem to be..
A. a new upwind optimised furling heasail, pro's easy & fast to handle, cons a compromise on performance on different points of sail
B. changing headsails for different conditions on the dual foil, pro's optimum sail for conditions, cons, never used it before, harder to operate than furler, dont know if the sails can be furled once hoisted
C. try to fit a 100% ish type jib optimised for upwind sailing behind the furler, pro's convenience of keeping the furler & sail always ready to go for reaching and broad reaching, con's not sure how much performance would be lost with the air disturbance behind the furler, or how easy it would be to rig the upwind jib..