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Re: pointing, pinching, VMG
Sailing to your best VMG angle doesn't mean your sail trim is optimal. It merely means you're at the most favorable angle, despite the fact that your sail trim might be poor. If you want to maximize speed and pointing, you first have to fine tune your sail trim, and then find the optimum angle for the best VMG.
Optimizing performance to windward is primarily about optimizing sail trim, not about optimizing your VMG angle.
VMG angle is a bit contradictory, My understanding of VMG is velocity made good toward a fixed point. The actual angle will vary as you approach that point.
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