I called the factory and talked to Gerry Hutchins, the owner. Tell me what other company you can call and talk to the president???
The rods are called sail guides. The purpose is to prevent the sail from getting caught on the mast hinge when raising. He said they really help.
I will keep mine. Roger, if you remove yours, tell us how it goes.
I would think they really help if the wind gets sideways on you when you are raising the sail.