Originally Posted by zeehag
pointing is overrated. bashing into seas and winds sukks and is most uncomfortabkle, not to mention hard work.
gentlemen NEVER sail to weather.
Sailing upwind is nowhere near as uncomfortable as motoring to weather! Sure it takes more concentration, and effort, but a good helmsman can smooth the seas significantly. If you are bashing your way through the waves then you are probably not doing it right! So if you don't want to sail up wind, but the prevailing winds are coming from where you want to go, what do you do, go back to port with your tail between your legs, or man-up and sail?
Real sailors can sail up wind!