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post #6 of Old 04-14-2019
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Re: Sails for light winds

On a C22 a 150 genoa is a light wind sail. most likely just to heavy a fabric even for a 150. if you want to go up wind in in very light conditions a then you would want a lighter weight 150 very very very light condition were 99 % would be motoring you want a Windseeker which is made of nylon like a spinnaker but shaped like a jib. only used when you can't use the motor like racing or if your motor is a paddle. A true code 0 is a specialized and very expensive spinnaker that can be used to go upwind in light conditions . it is used to get around racing rules that allow a 155 max size for a genoa. many code 0 sails are up to 180 but they meet spinnaker requirements and are legal under the rules. by having a long bowsprit the sail can be a up to a 180 and the j measurement is taken with the bowsprit for a spinnaker which makes the sail even bigger. on my 33' race boat with a 6' bowsprit the foot of the code 0 is 33' long. made of very high tech fabric and cost more then the main and jib combined if you want a sail that will be used Reaching and off the wind then you would want a drifter which is a spinnaker that is shaped like baggy genoa. when going down wind you would lower or furl the genoa and use a spinnaker.

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