I messed up on a couple of blogs here where I discussed the jib sheet angle of incidence. (Since removed). That is; how far you can pull the jib in when beating upwind. I had not considered the fact that the shrouds limit that angle. I suppose you could lead them inside the shrouds, but that would be problematic on any point of sailing but upwind. Shrouds on small boats with small jibs are sometimes lead inside the shrouds, but the foresail on the Omega is fairly large so it would be resting on the shroud if you put the jib sheet inside and that would be bad.
Therefore it is safe to say the Omega isn't going to point too high. Most one-design dinghies have a much closer possible trim angle for the jib. The Flying Dutchman 18 degrees, 5.5 Meter 15 degrees, Lido 14 about 20 degrees, or so I read. So this results in my feeling that the Omega foots fast, but forget pinching up very much if you are trying to improve your VMG. And you also will consider this when working the main synergistically. The cut of your particular jib may be different than mine, but one way I set my jib when close hauled (when not in overpowering wind) is to pull the sheet so the foot of the jib is tight against the shroud, then let it out until the foot takes a nice rounded shape. With experience and a Sharpie mark on the sheet, you (or your crew)
The Foresail Trim Angle,
IS LIMITED BY THE SHROUD
The shrouds that support the mast on the Omega 14 also limit the sheeting angle.
I'll define the closest sheeting angle of the jib as the angle between the centerline of the boat and a line between the bow and the shroud.
It is 60 inches from the bow to the center of the boat at a point exactly halfway between the two shrouds.
It is 54 inches between the two (P and S) shrouds at the deck.
However, above the deck where the jib sheet or jib foot hits the shroud, it is 25.2 inches CL to the shroud.
25.2^2 plus 60^2 = 4235.04
Square Root of that sum = Hypotenuse = 65.08 inches (If Pythagoras was correct)
Opposite side over Hypotenuse 25.2/65.08 = 0.3872
(according to Hipparchus) the SINE is the ratio of the opposite side over the Hypotenuse.
ARCSINE 0.3972 = 22.78 DEGREES
So you can't pull the sheet and get the angle of incidence of the jib closer than 22.78 degrees if you lead the jib sheet o/s of the shroud. That means the heading will not be as high as other boats because your maximum VMG will be at more than 35 deg. off the apparent wind (According to Marchaj).