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The wind is likely stronger, and possibly from a slightly different direction up away from the surface of the water. This is why you see pictures of square-rigged ships sometimes with their sails at the top of the mast trimmed slightly differently from the sails at the bottom. On those ships you're looking at masts more than a hundred feet high.The difference in the two or three feet you'd get from adding a pennant to the tack of your storm jib would be absolutely minimal. There are also other things to consider. Setting your sail higher up will increase the heeling - which will likely slow you down. Ocean sailors do sometimes rig pennants to the tacks of their storm jibs, but this is for other reasons. It gets the sail away from the deck so that waves don't rip it apart (it is a STORM sail!). You also don't want a wave to hit the sail and flip the boat over. Some sailors may also think it puts the sail up in a steadier wind - where it will not be blanketed by oncoming waves - possibly reducing the shock loads on it so it holds up better. Having a sail cycle from 35 knots to 50 knots, perhaps filling and emptying with every wave, is not condusive to its longevity. It might be better for it to have a steadier breeze. Good luck in your next race!
 
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