In the recent Caribbean 600, the crew on Bella Mente had a philosophical/tactical shift in our offshore sail inventory. Conceptually, we wanted to always be sailing fast down the rhumbline (no secret here), never having to set a soft sail to in order to jibe down to the mark. When in doubt, aiming low of the mark and sending it as fast as possible sounds pretty simple in concept. Getting things right is tricky. What we learned was the proper flying shape, sizing, and spacing between our downwind inventories were critical to sailing the course as efficiently as possible, leaving as few miles as possible on the table when it was all said and done.