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Bene, your boat would make upwind progress at anchor with no sails? Now that's a sailboat!
We don't make upwind progress, but even on a mooring, we can swing the same 120 degrees in a good wind. If the wind is dead on stable, not so much, but that's rare. If shifty, even a little bit, she overreacts.
We rarely stay a the same anchorage or mooring for more than one night, so I just haven't rigged it yet. The one i bought is more like the OP described and is attached to the boom and backstays, not up by the jib. It's more like a three fin dart feather than a sail.
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