I need rigging help with my 1993 H27OB. I want to gain more down-wind speed for club racing and cruising. I have been talking to sail makers who seem to like symmetrical spinnakers for racing and asymmetricals for cruising. The H27 model I have has a fractional rig with swept-back spreaders. I cannot go directly down wind with the main bent around the spreaders. And, since most polar projection plots show better speed, and maybe better distance made good, by gybing down wind, it seems that an asym. would be better. I have been watching the AC races in NZ and sometimes the boats fly asyms and sometimes syms. With both, they use a pole but all the asyms I see at the sailmakers don't use poles. What gives? What determines the change? When/why is a sym better than a asym. Should I get a sym even though I will never sail directly down wind because of my spreaders? Also, sail makers cannot tell me how to set up the spinnaker pole. How long of a pole should I use? How high on the mast should the end fitting/track be mounted? The Z-spar mast has a block and exit port for the spinnaker halyard already but no mounting for the pole lift. How/where should the pole lift and downhall be mounted? How much sail area should my spinnaker have? Where should the turning blocks for the sheets/guys be mounted?