Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: CT/ Long Island Sound
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Re: Worth of the risk to save 7% time?
The weather is going to make your time-saving routing decisions - inshore, offshore, half this/half that - totally moot. A longer distance with the right wind will be faster than the shorter distance with less breeze. You won't know until it happens. The weather pays no attention to the clock, so it may not happen when you want it. We sailed once from Maine to Connecticut in a downwind romp over a long weekend. We were doing better than ten knots with just a reefed main up. The next time, it was upwind the entire way, with rain, and we needed the engine to help us bash through the Buzzard's Bay current and chop without totally wearing out the crew. With just two of you aboard for this trip, this early in the season, don't buy nonrefundable plane tickets, and be sure to clip on.