I think bill's estimate of 10,000 miles is far more accurate... the chance of you being able to sail a straight rhumb line course, without deviating is about zero. Given the fact that a sailboat has serious limitations in the directions in which it can go, determined by the wind... estimating that it will take the boat 10,000 miles of actual travel to move 6,000 as the crow flies is actually rather optimistic IMHO.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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