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Re: Schooner sailing tips!
My little schooner is 32' overall, and gaff rigged. It probably sails somewhat differently than your rig.
You are correct in saying that the best way upwind is by keeping your speed up and not pinching too much. I'll also suggest that a schooner will do best when the sails are balanced well.
I try to carry as much sail as possible, without overpowering too much. It makes tacking easier, and helps upwind.
In very heavy winds, I can do ok with a reefed main and jumbo. Whatever balances best is the key.
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