Re: Beating to windward
There are many factors involved in pointing ability. Sail trim is a large part of it, along with hull type. If the boat is a "pounder" it will make all attempts at sailing close hauled into any kind of sea very painful. If, however the hull is designed to cut through the sea, tacking upwind can be the most fun and very effective in getting from point A to B. It just takes some planning. That's what sailing is all about: making the sailboat perform. Waiting so you can sail on a run all the time? That's not sailing.
Alberg 35: With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship.