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It sounds like they are both Genoa Halyard a. You probably also have a twin groove foil on your forestay if it is an ex race boat. Multiple halyards on race boats is common on older masthead race boats because they usually had multiple headsails, and if the wind conditions changed in the middle of the race you want to do a sail "peel", meaning you hoist the new sail before you drop the Old one so you are never "bare headed". It is also good to have a spare incase one gets fouled or breaks in a race.

They should both work fine for any sail, and it is not unusual for the wire portion to exit the mast when hoisted. If it actually reaches the turning block at the base of the mast then that block should be a special kind that can accommodate both wire and rope. Sometimes the splice between the rope and the wire becomes frayed or damaged and jams where it passes through the mast or a turning block. Make sure it isn't chaffing at the mast exit.
 

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Typically if is a wire halyard it is a genny halyard. I have never seen a wire spinnaker halyard.
 
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