I am sure you have no reason to lead us on but you won't point until you can get the boat flat, the main traveler up, the byatches hiking better and the genoa cars forward...
if all that doesn't work (blown sails not withstanding) I'd start looking at the rig tune.
Btw the keel
is definitely lifting the bow to weather
in this attitude.
How high are you trying to point? With 6 1/2 boat speed you definitely have the speed to get there.
And just to verify this is a laid course to windward?
From a math perspective you have about 600 pounds on the rail (I count 4 folks) if they all move 12 inches out board that's 600 ft pounds. If they hike hard it's another 400+. 1000 foot pounds will help - not solve what's going on. Not sure if the main trimmer needs to be in the middle of the boat or is doing something in this shot but the main trimmer should be on the high side. The driver might also be able to get further to the high side and steer side armed.
Oh and if this is a momentary gust knocking the pennant to the beam, maybe it is a momentary heel as well? I know I am sounding picky from 9000 miles away but this is just the kind of gust you take by heading up momentarily. Even to the point of "momentarily" luffing the genoa.
One thing to try and this is hard to explain in words is to "sneak up" on the pointing angle. In a practice session start on a close reach, sheeted out. Start to head
up and only sheet in when the sails are showing signs of luffing, the point is to slowly accelerate the boat while keeping it as flat as possible.
There is a concept
called "changing gears." I didn't understand it well. A boat can get "stuck" at a slow boat speed or bad pointing angle when sheeted on too quickly. it like being stuck in first gear
on a car. When the boat really gets it's feet under it is like getting into 4th gear
. Everything gets in harmony - keel
sails and helm
The J24 is especially susceptible if the genoa trimmer, rips on the Genoa with "low" boat speed out of a tack. The big genoa leans the boat over futzes everything up and the boat can't get it's legs under itself and get "going."
Like I said hard to explain. On my boat (heavy slow accelerator) I have the genoa trimmer leave about 4-5 inches of trim out of a tack and the traveler down a bit. I point down about 5 degrees and accelerate. As I pass 5 knots I start heading up and everyone is slowly trimming in until we are at about 6 knots and pointing well. It takes about 10-15 seconds to get out of a tack in 15 knots of wind
Your boat is probably a bit more lively.
Oscillating gusts and shifts are the hardest to anticipate and deal with as a driver.