Poling the jib out to windward gets it out of the blanket of the mainsail. Poling it out to leeward doesn't.poopdeckpappy said:With the wind @ your 6 and with the suttle changes in direction you may encounter, the windward or leeward side doesn't really matter dose it ??
or is my rookieness showing ?
It isn't usually a question of which is faster in terms of raw boatspeed. More often, the question is, how can you get to the next mark the quickest?Often the down wind leg is not DDW, but maybe 210-220. Not quite enough for broad reach. You can pole the genny way out to windward, or bring the boom to windward w/genny to leeward. (Yes we all know about the safety issues). In theory, which is faster???