Close hauled traveler use
This might be interesting and there are people here who will probably know what I was doing and whether or not it is a good idea.
In light to moderate winds when we are close hauled and possibly being challenged by another boat I will sometimes bring my mainsail's traveler fairly far across to windward. This brings the boom across the centerline to windward. It usually gets me a few tenths of a knot and allows me to point a bit higher.
In stronger winds this is a bad idea as it induces heel and weather helm. But it seems to give us a nice edge. Should I keep this in my bag of tricks or am I delusional.
BTW I sail a 1981 Lippincott sloop about 8600 lbs with 4K in ballast, main is about 215 ft sq.
It's better to have your enemies inside your tent pissing out than outside your tent pissing in...