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Called the 'Dyna rig' it's essentially a headsail-only setup with a bipod mast aft.
There was actually a Canadian (maybe BC?) built boat using this rig called the Asailia 27 - one or two were built back in the 80s and I've seen one around from time to time. Kind of a variation on the single sail concept used on the cat rigged boats like the Nonsuch, but using a 'genoa' instead of a main. No experience as to whether it works or not.
One would think that the much-less-vertical luff would reduce drive, but if you ignore the "mast" and look at it in profile the sailplan very much resembles that of an Arab dhow, and they move alright..
High windage mast, simple handling with good old headsail roller furling.. this one posted is the largest example I've seen built.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)