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Old 05-07-2012
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Re: Worth of the risk to save 7% time?

Thanks, I will.

I carry zolpidem 5 mg in my bag just for the purpose of falling into sleep on demand. It was extremely helpful in the beginning of the last two voyages to Bermuda and BVI.

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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.
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Re: Worth of the risk to save 7% time?

Originally Posted by okawbow View Post
Watch out for the fishing boats offshore at night. They never answered my hails, and 1 almost ran us down. It would have if we hadn't started the motor and veered off at the last moment. They have bright lights on, and loud music blaring. They just can't see or hear you.

Those fishing boats (commercial types) have right of way over you in the sailboat. And most of them will not answer a radio hail. Ever.

If you see one, just stay away and more importantly be alert for a course change or course reversal! See COLREG Rule 18
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