Re: can only tack close reach, can't close-haul
Lack of pointing ability is going to be more related to headsail apparent wind angles at the luff.. we really need to see just what the sail looks like, where the apparent wind angle really is when he's 'as high as he can go'.. tough to do over the internet...
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