storosis replied to motivator's topic in Sailing AnarchyI had tried the same to a minitonner where the loads is significantly lower. If the upper part of the mast is tempered will not withstand the load especially in close reach in 10 to 14kn wind speed. What RKoch said is more or less the truth but I don't think that this will solve your problem. A bigger pole in the limit of IRC friendliness (about 30 to 40cm bigger than J for this size of boat) will be cheaper in TCC, keep in mind that you will carry the additional seconds upwind. So check first the impact in your rating with a test certificate and then you decide what to do.