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Re: Sails for light winds
Something to discuss with your sailmaker--and a good one will discuss it with you first--is just how close to the PHRF or OD class limits you want to make any foresail.
A brand new typical Dacron jib or genoa is going to stretch just a wee bit, maybe 3%. Maybe more for light cloth, maybe less for triradials. And if you're racing someone who protests your sail and asks for it to be measured, ah, ooops, the 150 you know you ordered may be a 152 after a couple of windy months--and you are DSQ'd.
Probably never happen to you, just be aware that it can happen, and you may want to have foresails undercut just a tad to compensate for it.