going in a direction as upwind as possible. A kite that points well is one that goes upwind at a better angle than others (more directly into the wind).
Sailing a tight angle upwind, an angle that is a few degrees higher than close-hauled. Depending on a yacht's design, some will "point higher" or sail more directly into the wind and thus sail a shorter course to a given mark on the racecourse.
This is one of several terms that refer to the ability of a sailboat to go upwind - toward the source of the wind. When the sails are close hauled and the boat is traveling efficiently at an angle of about 45 degrees to the source of the wind, the boat is said to be "pointing." Old sailing ships using square sails were not as good at "pointing" as newer ships using modern rigs.