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Frank Scott

    A question that does not have a simple answer, so I will split mine into several parts:
    1: square rig can be carefully designed to get much closer to the wind than the norm
    2: it is no good sailing ever closer to the wind if your hull design is such that your leeway increases to cancel out that gain.
    3: although the lateen can have a good windward performance, that is only so long as it stays on one tack. Even with small lateen craft changing tack is not as easy as with square rig, let alone as it is with gaffsails or lugsails.

    4: if caught aback the lateen can if anything be more awkward than a square sail.
    5: I am not sure of the largest size of craft fitted with lateen, but owing to the handling problems I suspect that the practical size limit was a significant issue.