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Arvel Gentry is the guy. Like Giulietta says, theoretically it's possible, but other factors like heeling, waves, boatspeed (target numbers) interfere. On our Soling, we routinely tacked through 60-65º on a beat, but like Giulietta also mentioned, you can adjust jib and main travelers on a Soling. Other boats may not have that capability, and (because of reduced boatspeed) it may not be desirable to change the angle of attack much. On the other hand, we've found in light air it often makes a lot of sense to foot off and keep moving, rather than head as high as the sails might allow , but go slower. It's a sailboat - a series of changing compromises all the time.