excessive weather helm
I seem to be fighting excessive weather helm up wind during our racing. I am familiar with proper crew position, vang on, board up slightly ( but how much) going to weather and have even tried making the jib a bit more powerful with slight ease on the jib halyard to get better sail balance, but still can't get the boat flat and seem slower than others on a beat. I have a snug rig with sails cut for that and believe I have set up the boat right for that according to the sailmaker. I would be open to suggestions to help keep the boat flatter yet making my course to the weather mark good without needing to foot off too much in order to decrease my weather helm.
What is an optimum sailing angle on a beat for the Scot? Does one let the jib's windward telltales dance a bit as we do on larger keelboats, (eg. San Juan 24 )on a beat or should the jib telltales on a Scot both be streaming back ?