Originally Posted by PCP
Try to go on your boat, close on the wind against +20K head wind with two meter short period waves....and you will be sailing backwards
Yeh, I know, you would not be out there on those conditions, but many of us are.
Actually, my C22 goes to windward quite well in winds up to 30 knots with a heavy working jib and reefed main. I do go out in those conditions, they're a lot more fun than light winds. I've hit 7-8 knots to windward in a 30 knot gust (hull speed 5.9) with three large guys on the windward rail, and the leeward rail in the water.
I guess "relaxing" wasn't exactly quite the word I'd use. But we were staying relatively dry, and having fun.
Actually, sailing (or heaving to) is the only option on the C22 when the waves get big- since an outboard will alternate between coming out of the water, and being totally flooded.