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Been sailin' the Tradewinds areas for forty years (first time was in 1969). Had my own boat there for 11 years.
A 130-135% genny is just fine. Actually, there were many times when, with lighter winds, I used a 170% lightweight drifter (which, admitedly, I blew out a bunch of times).
The trick? Reef the MAIN, not the genny. In fact, drop the damned thing if you're going to weather. Most modern boats sail to weather VERY well with just a genny...no main.
My favorite upwind rig is a genoa and an awning (now, a bimini, since most boats have them). Have sailed past much bigger boats under full sail with that rig.
And, obviously, a genny-only rig works equally well on reaches and runs in heavier air.
It's what the islanders call, "Limin, mon" :-)