Last week-end we started practicing for the Round the Island Race. 60 miles clock wise around Barbados. What a 12.5 hr slog! We had moderate winds S, SE. This was fine for the West side of the Island where we had one tack all the way up. However, the Eastern side of the Island with the wind on the nose from the SE was a nightmare. The best we could do is head due East. That's the best we could point. I could not head up any closer. At one point we got a call from the Police (on land) asking us if we were OK (they thought we spent too much time in the same place).
Anyhow, I figured I need to point better. I took my main to the local Doyle sail loft and asked them to take a look. My mainsail had a concave leach which provided more sag in the sail. (not sure if I'm explaining this right). Anyhow, they recut it straight. (and fixed a few other things that needed doing on the sail. Have not tried it yet as winds this weekend were peaking at 1-5 knots... i.e. no sailing whatsoever but the seas were flat.
How are your sails cut and how high can you point? here are the recut sails:
Next stop, the Genoa..