Most people rig a cutter
with a high cut Yankee of about 100 or 110 percent followed by the staysail and the main. The high cut of the Yankee has several advantages. It is smaller and more easily handled than a big Genoa
. It doesn't get hung up on the staysail stay while tacking as much as a bigger sail. It doesn't scoop water
into the foot when heeled over beating. It is allows better visibility forward than a deck
. The sheet lead stays in the same place as the sail is partially furled. The disadvantage is that it is smaller and doesn't have the power in light air that a bigger sail has.
My boat, a cutter, has the typical Yankee, staysail, main. I love it. It is easy to balance, easy to adjust the amount of sail set. I almost always sail with the staysail set. The Yankee goes through the slot better with the staysail up. There are occasional times when it would be nice to have more sail area for light air down wind
. In fact, I just got quotes for an asymmetrical spinnaker
. Too much for me for now. I'll just go slower.