I will have to think about this for a bit and do some more reading obviously. I'm thinkin' that with a dose of physics and some 'hand wavium' it could work in a story. Just took delivery on new sails for my boat today so writing will be taking a back seat for a bit.
Oh, plenty of handwavium available. However, knowing things such as that there are two components of the solar wind gives you options in how you wave your hands.
For example - if the energy fields used to catch the particle portion of the solar wind are transparent, perhaps the ship also has physical sails, as well. Said ship gets stranded for some reason well out into system, but the only place to get repairs is well in-system. Unfortunately, the normal way sails are used doesn't allow for heading directly into the wind, just like with regular sails. However, the normal reflective situation means at best, thrust tangent to the line of the wind can be achieved - however, some history buff, who's sailed boats in the water, remembers that there actually *is* some small airfoil effect possible with the solar wind, and they then use that trick to get themselves into a position and trajectory they can recover from. It takes them much longer than the trip normally should, but I imagine all of the passengers and crew would agree that's better than dying.
The better you know the rules, the better you know how to break them and not get caught, and the better you know the loopholes you can just barely get away with.