Oh, it's not that I'm a purist so much; our electric trolling auxilliary takes motoring off the table. It's that "Fire up the engine" is the obvious -- and therefore completely uninteresting -- response. I have no idea what among the following ideas would help and what wouldn't, and most I only came up with after the fact ... but a discussion of these or other tactics might actually improve everyone's sailing knowledge:
1. Induced heel. Twenty degrees or more? Move ballast in boat?
2. Full-batten mains: better or worse? Should we drop the main and add pre-load to the battens?
3. The 0.5oz nylon Drifter: why it is your friend. Design, attachment options, and use.
4. Best TWAs; ways to make apparent wind angles work for you.
5. How to present bow or stern to waves to optimize performance. Swell vs. chop.
6. Active sheeting, sail pumping, rudder sculling, hull rocking.
7. Best mast rake; shroud & stay tension; sail draft adjustments.
8. Fake up a traveler. Shorten topping lift and sheet down hard to stabilize boom without flattening main. Rig similar topping lift to jib clew. Bungees, preventers, corn starch, weights hung from reefing points....
9. How to work a symmetrical spinnaker in these conditions, from beam reach to DDW.
See? There seems plenty of room for trying stuff. Perhaps it's all crap and the choices indeed boil down to "Suffer, Motor." Perhaps, tho, there are clever and arcane methods of eking motion out of nothing. Sailing is about cleverness, arcana, negotiating passage, doing things the hard way ... isn't it?
Or are we secretly just powerboaters with pretensions?