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Old 08-01-2011
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I raced a C25 for many years. Rolling up the jib in light air reduces sail area at a time when you need as much sail area as you can get. In light-to-moderate winds, I sailed wing-and-wing with a whisker pole extending the genoa to the maximum. Some handicapping systems limit the length of the whisker pole, and others do not. If you're just sailing casually, it doesn't matter, but if you're racing, you'll need to know whether the length of pole is limited by the handicapping system used in your venue. The fully extended whisker pole prevents the genoa from collapsing, and keeps it driving the boat downwind in light air.
+1. If you're a cruiser, and you're "spinnaker averse", just pole out the jib with a whisker pole.
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David, were you on a run with both sails on the same side? Not wing and wing?

I normally would just head up and come to a broad reach..and then gybe your way home.
Otherwise, the mainsail is blocking the genoa.

You could..drop the main, but I would just head up....to a broad reach and have both sails working
I was almost on a run with a 150 genoa both sails on the same side.
I do not have a pole and there was no way it was going to fill wing on wing by itself.
I reefed the genoa (roller furling) down to about 100 and it felt better but as others have said I would probably been better off just heading up a bit.
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