We are sailing a Beneteau
323 in our weekly beer
can races. The boat has an older spinnaker
(circa 2004) which is pear-shaped and I gather something originally designed for J/24s in its day.
We've been told it is a running, not reaching spinnaker
, which is why we always lose ground on the downwind leg to the leeward mark compared to boats that can sail closer to a broad reach.
and the rest of the crew seem convinced it's just the way it is but I'm not so sure. Is it true that this type of spinnaker won't reach?