|There a few opinions on the use of the, "Baby-stay". Have a look up your mast without the baby-stay on - have some one put it to a winch and grind, just till tension arrives - all the time looking up your main sail track. Now grind the winch to your typical amount of pressure - while still looking up your mainsail track. While you increased presure what has this done to the performance of your main??? Keep the Baby-stay on when in chop or heavy air to keep the pumping of the mast to a minimum. Going downwind - not an issue,should be detensioned and out of the way for gybes. Dean.
Dean M Baldwin
Mark III - Hull 516