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Re: Dinghy sailing - tacking
The "pointing too high" problem is something that took me a little while too, not to mention the fact that you'll often reach your destination faster by bearing off a little and building up/preserving boat speed. It was sailing a beach cat that really brought it home early on as they can't point worth buggery!
A good article I've found discussing "velocity made good" (or VMG) can be found here
if you're looking for some details.