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Re: Sailing jib and spinnaker at the same time
It is done on occasion.. for example the Aussie 18 skiffs always sailed with both; mainly because the apparent wind is always so far forward that the (small) jib actually may help a bit, that and the downwind legs were so short there probably wasn't time to douse and reset..
Boats that never really sail 'deep' (dead down wind) will have more success. Smaller jibs work better than genoas. In the 70s and 80s a lot of IOR boats flew a spinnaker staysail, a very skinny 'jib' tacked to the mid foredeck.
One upside of having a jib up then is you'll generally avoid wrapping the forestay with the spinnaker, but the spinn may not be as stable.
Most casual downwind/spinnaker sailors will rarely fly both together...
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