When we enter the marina we are perpendicular to the pier we tie to, it's a T end. On one side is a fairway we can run down, and we do this when the breeze will push us against the pier (we back into the breeze, rotate and let the breeze push us onto the pier). When the breeze is parallel to the pier I can get the butt upwind so it is easy to push the bow into the dock (bow thruster). When it's blowing us off the pier I can't do anything but get the back of the boat up to it and then winch it in. It's been our dock for 15 years and I've yet to figure a good way to come at the damn thing when the breeze is up and it's blowing us off. We crank it in with the anchor windlass after securing the stern, it's my "don't you look like a loser" move when the breeze is 30 knots out of the west. We don't have a "dock" to drive into and the boat is over 30 tons.
Your strategy backing in makes sense to me. It sounds safe, controlled and effective, it's worked for 15 years, I can't think of any reason you would change it, I was only offering since you asked how other people were docking with an offshore wind. I picked the triple decker example because she has lots of windage and illustrates the point well
The boat in my example was about 200 tons and didn't have a single power winch on board, not even a windlass. If I had used the anchors, I would have needed to call a tug to recover them. With no winches on board and no thruster, it was all classic text book boat and line handling we relied on.
Although both Captas example and my example both used tires and aggressive boat handling techniques, they were slightly different. He drove on to the dock in a perpendicular fashion and pinned her there. In my example, I docked normally, coming in at about 60*, landed on my port bow, right where the spring bollard was, the deck hand or the cruise manager (who coincidentally is now my wife) dropped the eye on and while the stern swung in and the bow bounced off, I drove ahead on the spring to lay her along side. This wasn't easy by any stretch of the imagination, but you know how tourists are, when they pay $40 for a 3 hour dinner dance, they really don't care what the wind is doing.
When you said big sailboat, I wasn't sure exactly what that meant. For a 30 ton sailboat, tires might be over kill. If you get one or two of those big orange or white ball fenders, they might allow you to come in a little more aggressively with confidence that you won't do any damage to anything