You know, the more people I talk to, the more I can divide people into two schools of thought:
1. Point higher to reduce power and heel.
2. Trim the sails.
Some people really seem to have a preference. I think the "hold course and trim" method matters most when you have a specific point on the water that you're trying to reach, perhaps as in racing. If you're just out fooling around, with nowhere specific to go, pointing higher is the easier method requiring less work.
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