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There's often too much 'macho' non reefing action just because it's 'racing'... usually at the expense of actual speed.
honestly though, we rarely reef in a race. If conditions warrant, sure. Nothing macho, but so long as the bottom 1/2 - 1/3 of the leach is still working, most boats are faster with a full main. For us the crossover is somewhere around 25 kts sailing upwind depending on air temps. Of course racers are working much more actively at sail trim than when cruising, so reefing would happen earlier in cruising mode.
 

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I think another reason why reefing is not done racing as soon as cruising is the short legs of round the cans...
Not so much. Speaking only for my experience, when sails can't be trimmed effectively, the result is a lot of damage to the sail, that's when the change or reef is made. Blow up and blown out sails are slow.:)
 
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