I have invested the past month working on animated flags (3 speeds waving slow to fast), animating sail yard arm animations, showing/hiding sails, anchor chains, stowed sails, and a Sail Management Gauge.
That is done now except for some needed tweaks.
We are very fortunate to have drawn the interest of Rob Barendregt to bring his expertise to bear on the ship's response to wind direction, wind speed, and sail configurations. He is just getting started but the initial test is immensely interesting.
As seen in the attachments, ship speeds are controlled based on wind speeds, wind direction, and sail configuration, leaning away from the winds, turns, etc. brings a lot of realism to the experience. This is getting awesome folks. :-)
My thanks to Rob for his interest and time...