Re: Beating to windward
I am also a "tweaker" when sailing. I am constantly checking my trim and making adjustments, unless I am having lunch or a cocktail! old racing habits die hard I guess! The wife doesn't mind as long as I'm not maker her do the tweaking.
Faster, I hear ya on the "speed bubble"! Being a masthead boat with a high aspect main, the genoa is the most important sail, and the main is just a "trim tab"! When it is windy and I am at the top end of the head sail's wind range it is not uncommon for me to be driving off the last couple of feet of leech on the main, with the rest back-winded. The boat doesn't mind it at all, and keeps pointing like a beast!
1979 Santana 30 Tall Rig