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.
That's really amazing. That Catalina 22 is incredibly fast. You should race that boat. We are talking about how many degrees off the true wind?