Re: Is the C&C 30 MK1 a capible offshore boat?
Another consideration is that many more boats are lost on the shore than in the open ocean. While a coastal sailor may find comfort in being near an inlet you may in fact be much safer with ocean around you rather than rocks.
The physical stress has to be experienced to be believed. On my last trip their was four of us and during a storm we were taking two hour shifts and it is amazing how exhausting it was.
If you are tired, and you will be, the urge to head for the inlet is overwhelming while that may be the worst possible option.