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Sailing jib and spinnaker at the same time

This is probably a dumb newbie question, but I have searched and can't find an answer.

I know very little about sailing. I've never even sat foot on a sailboat. However, the thought of selling all my possessions, quitting my job, and sailing is very temping (especially during those bad days at work!) If nothing else, my wife and I might buy a small boat such as a catalina 22 and sail it locally in Utah. This said, I have read a book (sailing for dummies) and have watched many hours of sailing on youtube. (SV Delos, Sailing La Vagabond, Catamaran Impi, SV Seeker, and Gone with the wynns are my favorites.)

My question is this. Is it ever desirable or even possible to sail a jib/genoa and a spinnaker at the same time? Or would the jib create a "shadow" on the spinnaker leading to poor performance?

Like I said, probably a dumb question, but I've never seen it discussed. Thanks!
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