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Re: Sails for light winds
Having a spinnaker variant (symmetrical, code zero, gennaker, etc.) does not change your PHRF rating unless you use it in a race. In by case, we have 2 PHRF ratings: one for spinnaker and one for non-spinnaker. When we raced (many years ago) is was just 2 of us and racing with a spinnaker with a short crew was not realistic, so we only used the gennaker when cruising under light air conditions and particularly on long legs on a reach.
That minimized use of the “iron genny” and made for a more relaxing sail. Since we were not racing, we didn’t push the limits of the light nylon sail, so it remains in virtually new shape after a few decades.
I am well aware that a code zero does not change your rating.
Hence why I stated "As others have stated a code zero technically qualifies as a spinnaker..." as long as you are racing "spinnaker" class. I also added that a Code 0 wouldn't exist if it wasn't allowed under PHRF and certain class rules, because as a sail its pretty limited in its usability, but as a not penalty "cheater" sail it has a use.
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