Originally Posted by ambianceack
What is the best approach to designing a 4-5 hr route when you have the wind directly on the nose? closed reach and cheat?, or take advantage of the wind; beam reach and tack. And how do you decide how far to "go out of your way" when deciding to tack your way across. IE heading from Edgartown to Nantucket, Easterly wind wondering if we should have headed north for a while and then tacked back.
Your question does not make much sense. If the wind is on the nose, you sail close-hauled...pretty much period. End of advice. Spend more time on one tack than another to avoid the Cape Poge and the various shoals, and to find favorable current. Given the scenario you describe, I would suspect the optimal course would have few choices.