110 degree "course made good" is about as good as we get. Our actual tack angle is less, of course, but leeway always plays a role and that must be considered. Were you talking course made good or just the tack angle?
You know, traditional rigs are a bit slack compared to today's modern rigs. Most folks used to modern boats think things are too slack when they are not. Were there running backs available?
Our boat was owned by a well know West Coast racer during the late 1960's and early 1970's and it is no surprise that the rig was too tight for his time of ownership and after...and that she ended up with a broken mainmast step because of it. We beefed up the mast step but have no intentions of sailing with such a tight rig.
We've tuned our rig to what I call the "just a bit tighter than slack" and keep it properly tuned--that takes little time but is done every month or so since we've launched in 4/2009. Fore and aft we have a running bobstay (for the jib) and running backstays (to assist the fixed backstay) but we note that after a year and a half of sailing...maybe only 2000 miles total...we need to tighten up the triadic between fore-and-main. The freshwater stay has a turnbuckle to tighten and we've tightened it only once but the triadic is now a bit slack and has no turnbuckle. Since the running backs pull to the top of the mainmast, when we run with double reefed main (often) the head of the main is at the triadic stay point but with no running backstay directed to that point we're unable to keep things tight as we'd like.
Our method of tightening fore-and-aft is to tighten up the running bobstay such that the jibstay (end of sprit) and twin forestays (either side of stem) all three are are equally taut. Then, the running backstays can be employed as the winds come up to keep the whole rig tight fore-and-aft. In practice, when sailing short handed (just hubby and I) we often are pulling the running backs forward to the main shrouds and not using them, thus we don't benefit as we should in highest pointing (though we do achieve the 110 degree course made good). We were pleased that we (in our gaff-foresail schooner) were pointing higher than many staysail schooners on the recent schooner race we participated in San Francisco. We could see our jibstay sadly sagging during the race (winds in the mid-30's, gusts to 40 knots) but with 5 crew aboard we were short handed enough that we didn't have crew to manage the running backstays during what turned out to be a brutal course and a brutal day.
Your reefing plan must change with point of sail--no? When working so we're pointing very high upwind, our 1st sail reducing action is to go to the 2nd reefing point on the mainsail. This because the schooner main becomes frightfully powerful with higher winds. Unfortunately, this main doesn't have a third reefing point and it needs one. Ideally, the next reef would be the (non existent) third reef in the main but since we don't have one, we then decide if we're going to keep high or change tack. If we're staying with high pointing then we'll just entirely drop the gaff foresail. Though the boat becomes very "twitchy" with the large moment provided by jib, staysail, and main, it works very well to keep us pointed high. Conversely, if we're broad reaching, we can work it by double reef the main, then drop the jib, then reef the fore, then drop the main (needs that third reef!), then drop the fore, then down to staysail.
I digress into all this detail, but it is fun to discuss how another schooner sailor is using their rig. We have several light wind sails (mostly different sizes of fish and a golly) as well as a very large headsail much like the one pictured in the link. We learned from a previous owner that that large sail was only used when they'd disconnected the forestay
and gotten the staysail completely out of the way. At the time, they didn't have a running bobstay...so I can't see us doing what they did to allow tacking that big sail. We've had that sail up once in light winds and had to manage it from the foredeck to get it around the forestay and staysail stay. In truly light winds, not a problem but it is not set flying (as the one in the linked photo is flying) but rather is hanked onto the jibstay on the sprit. Therefore, getting it down can be a mess.
Enough digressing...hope you continue to have wonderful sailing adventures on schooners!