For boats with non--furling headsails that stay up on the DW run like the Viper, SB20, VX-One, etc, I've been wondering if there is any advantage to dropping the headsail on deck on the last leg to the finish when there is no need to re-hoist at a mark rounding?
I get that its not worth it to drop and then have to re-hoist at the leeward gate, but what about on the final run to the finish? I saw one boat do it in one race and their gennaker seemed to fly better? Is there any advantage to the airflow for the gennaker (i.e. faster) or is the ass-pain of having to drop it on the deck and then keep it out of the water is worth a marginal increase in speed. Anyone try this, or is it taboo to do?