That's when you start motoring...
The real problem is if you have blown out sails, your ability to go to windward is going to really be limited.
Sailing in areas with strong currents really require you to use some forethought and planning in timing your passages.
For instance, a boat that can only do 5 knots really will get hammered if there is a 3 knot current. If the current is against you, you end up going at 40% of your boat's real speed... but if you have the same current with you, you end up going 160% of your boat's real speed, and end up making the voyage in ONE-FOURTH the time...
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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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Still—DON'T READ THAT POST AGAIN.