I've only been sailing for a year, but I've been amazed to find that most sailors seem to consider sailing upwind too slow/difficult and tend to motor upwind, and sail back down. Experienced sailors are surprised when I tell them I sailed (rather than motored) anyplace against the prevailing winds. Even racers seem to mostly motor upwind if they're not in a race at the time. Why is this?
Not my experience at all. We sail as much as possible. The boat's great in light air. The only argument for motoring is no wind, an adverse tide, and a delivery schedule. We race and cruise.