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Is it your experience that you loose 10 degrees plus of upwind performance when using the jib only?
I almost never sail with only a jib. If I sail with only one sail it's the main. However, I would expect to lose at least 10˚ - 15˚ of pointing ability with only a jib; particularly as the wind pipes up.
If everything is against you, wind, waves, current and you have to reef is a 160 degree tack angle not surprising, IE almost no upwind progress?
Every boat is different of course, this was a Catalina 25
A light, little boat like that is going to have a tough time of it to windward in a stiff breeze. Current and waves are going to make it that much tougher. However, with a tightly sheeted working jib and a helmsman who is really paying attention, you should be able to make some progress in anything shy of 25 or 30 kts, or so. The key is to not be too over-canvased (reef early, reef often), and "work" the waves and the puffs as much as possible, scratching out every bit of windward performance you can.
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