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Genoa trimmed to touch the shrounds would be far too close for any of the various boats that I have raced. 2-6" off the lower spreader has been a general guideline...2 in stronger breeze...sailing closer...6" in lighter air.

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You were probably on the headed tack. On the headed tack pinching increases your VMG. On the lifted tack footing will increase your VMG.
 

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The short answer since you are using the a waypoint on your chartplotter, the fastest VMG is best.

As to your boat and sail trim, that's harder as every boat is a bit different. From your description, I would say you were overtrimmed, but it sounds like the boat was moving well.
 
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