Just one question. We have always struggled going going to windward. Reaching and downwind are not a problem and we normally pull away from others. How can we improve on the windward sections?
To answer this it would be helpful if you could tell us a bit more about your boat (what Mk. is it?), its sails and particularly how it is rigged. I am guessing that your problem would mainly be in how the rig is set-up.