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?
I find beating to be one of the easiest and most relaxing points of sail, since there's no worry about gybing, and heel angle can be reduced in a gust quickly, by just pointing a bit higher without adjusting sails.
I realize it's a bit slower than other points of sail- but if I wanted to get someplace quickly I wouldn't be sailing at all. My VMG might be ~3 knots at best directly upwind, compared to ~6 knots on other points of sail- both very slow compared to powerboats which can plane at ~30 knots.
I find sailing upwind to be much more fun, relaxing, have a better motion, and much cheaper (no fuel) than motoring directly upwind. I can't see myself motoring to windward unless there was some reason I couldn't sail (too much or too little wind, broken rig).
These are some pretty spot on comments. Until you leave home, and decide to do 200 miles, 500 miles. Let's just say 5000 miles. Then your talk goes into the toilet.
Have you sailed more than 50 miles away from your slip? Let's say you have 30 knots on the nose, so you tack, tack, and tack some more, and after hours you are still 40 miles away?
So let's up the anty, and you are 500 miles away, and all this tacking is doing you very little good. Night has set in, and you are hungry. Well that premade sandwich is awful nice, but the next day that premade sandwich is just something to fill your gut. On the third day that sandwich is less than desireable, but you eat it anyway, because you are starving, and you still have 300, maybe 250 miles to go.
I am only talking about one meal, and what about the other 2 meals a day, or more, because you are burning extra calories just hanging on on a beat. What if you gotta use the head. Have you ever had to sit on a head heeling 25 * with the boat rolling? Maybe you are puking your guts out all this time?
Hell no, I am not going to start that motor. I am a frikking sailor, and sailors don't. At least a real sailor doesn't use thier motor! If you're a real sailor you will do what it takes to get home, or your destination in a prudent fashion.
I have 2 questions for you. How far have you sailed away from your slip, and how many for crew? 5, 10, 35 miles maybe? I can appreciate your efforts, and exuberence, but until you get away from day sailing. You have just made some pretty ignorant remarks.
I also don't mean to be harsh, but sometimes reality can be a real slap in the face. So far I don't think you have met the reality of sailing distances, or even being on a schedule. Day sailing is sailing, but doing a distance is a whole lot more than you understand......