Originally Posted by sailingdog
What a lot of novice sailors don't realize is that leaving on time for a sailboat is very important. Many boats have to leave with the tide, or not leave at all... and the difference in going with a tidal current or against it is generally relatively huge.
No tides on the Great Lakes as such, but our prime passagemaking is done in the spring and fall, when the winds tend to be stronger and steadier. Leaving on time in October means dawn and going as fast as possible because there is only 11 hours or so of useable daylight...another consideration.
I also think it says something about a person's respect and commitment if they can't arrive on time and prepared.