I learned something new about the staysail on Sunday. I was going down wind
a 120 to 130 at .7 kts and wanted to go more to 130 or 140 to make the mark. I went up front to put out the pole and found screws missing in the head
of the pole so I abandoned the pole and wing-on-wing configuration. With only the main I was making .5 kts and not wanting to hear the jib
flog at 130 to the wind
I put up the staysail. Wow, what a difference. Suddenly I was making 2 kts and a little more at time. It appears that the staysail is not blocked by the main and the draft
off the sail helped the main develop more lift
and a better shape. I never thought it would have that significant of an impact. Now I'll pay more attention to the staysail.
Are their any other conditions where the staysail offers such a significant advantage?