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    J80 PHRF setup

    The PHRF kite (A3 according to the sailmaker) is 900sq ft, and much larger than the class standard. It has a very low clew and low cut foot. The other spinnaker options is the OD - A2(?) and a Code 0. I only sail in PHRF configuration, and take a OD+3 sec penalty for using the large kit. While the big kite is useful for long, deep downwind legs, it is clumsy through the gybes. Found the the OD kite allows the boat to accelerate faster coming out of a gybe.
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    J80 PHRF setup

    Does anyone have experience keeping the jib up while flying the spinnaker? We are currently sailing in 20+ of breeze, and judging by some videos on YouTube, keeping the jib up seems to give more control. My concern is gybing both the spinnaker and the job at the same time.
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    J80 PHRF setup

    Thanks for the useful comments. Decided to stick to the OD jib since acquiring a 135 is not in the cards for the time being. We have an A3 kite, which is great for a deep running, we found it to be slow to accelerate coming out of a gybe. Also, dousing it, is always a challenge. While A3 cost us 3 seconds per mile, it might be worth keep it in the sail configuartion?
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    J80 PHRF setup

    I've owned J80 hull#132 for a yr and still learning how to sail it well. We sail the boat in PHRF races on Monterey Bay, CA in conditions ranging from light to 20kt winds and mostly choppy seas. Boat is set up with a 155 Genoa, a 900sq ft running spinnaker and a Code 0. We also have the full OD configuration. We find it hard to sail the boat to its PHRF rating of 114 with the 155 and large spinnaker, and 117 with OD jib but large kite. 3 questions: (i) Does anyone have experience in using a Code 0 on an 80 for racing? Given the loads on the sprit pole (carbon), should it only extended half way? Also thinking of fitting a roller fuller to the Code 0. (ii) We mostly use the 900sq ft spinnaker (gybing it inside) but find it too heavy in light air and quickly overpowered in anything above 15. Is it better to ditch the large sail and gain 3 secs in rating? (iii) Has anyone fitted a second spinnaker halyard to an 80? Any suggestions on how to best change spinnakers with one halyard. Apologies posting several questions in one post, but would greatly appreciate feedback JdP