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Another consideration to keep in mind is current. If you sail on salt water, the tidal currents can determine whether sailing is feasible or not. If you have an outgoing tidal current of 3 knots and only a 4 knot sea breeze, chances are pretty good you won't be sailing back...
But you might find yourself sailing backwards.. . ......i2f

20 MPH ain't fast unless, you do it in a 1000sq 3/2 house on 10foot waves
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But you might find yourself sailing backwards.. . ......i2f
chuckling now .. but remembering yesterday .. tired and weary after 7 glorious hours on the bay .. winds picking up .. messin with a flying jib .. trying to get the main down and stowed .. starting the outboard .. wondering WHY the channel entrance was moving further AWAY .. thinking the throttle needed to be goosed .. and then realizing it was in neutral ..
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When I snuck out for a run in January, I was very stubborn about not running the engine on the way back in. The channel into Whitemarsh creek gets narrow, so not a lot of tacking room but there was no other traffic, so I was bent on trying it.

The geography of the surrounding land makes the wind do all sorts of funny things and I did poke along at 1-2 kts, beating upwind in very light air for about 30 minutes until I was able to make the smallest of course changes. I was finally able to fill the sails and get up to 3-4 kts which was perfect for the tight, shallow area I was in. Then I sailed all the way home but for the last 300 yards where the wind completely died as I made the final 90 degree course change to the dock.

I was glad I persevered, because I feel that I learned alot about trimming and manuvering and generally "making it work".

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an old sailing friend use to call it the two nut rule- if you cant do two nuts, then motor it.
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So far everyone is right. Point of sail, sail inventory, etc. all make a difference. So does the type of the boat. A big, heavy full-keel boat will not the make the same light air speed as a light fin-keel race boat.
Is the Cal 25 considered a light fin keel race boat? I know they claim it to be a racing boat which is why I wonder, although it don't look like a racing boat to me. Thanks guys for all the info! This forum is obviously a great place to be for a rookie like me. I will be setting sail tomorrow afternoon to do a lake ponchartrain crossing, as long as its not too cold. Pretty strong winds forcasted for tomorrow, 15-25knts so I like to think I will get good speed out of that. I am still looking for a used gasoline outboard motor, hopefully I will find one soon. I may end up buying it new but I just don't feel its completely necessary for a sailboat since its not the primary means of propulsion unlike powerboats. As long as it runs good thats all I need. Once again thanks to all for the help!
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Another consideration to keep in mind is current. If you sail on salt water, the tidal currents can determine whether sailing is feasible or not. If you have an outgoing tidal current of 3 knots and only a 4 knot sea breeze, chances are pretty good you won't be sailing back...
Of course you will sail back. Just go one way for 6 hours THEN go the other way.
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we didn't buy sailboats to go fast, did we? hell, that would only spill the rum!
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Is the Cal 25 considered a light fin keel race boat?
Any sailboat is a race boat, if someone wants to race it, but the Cal 25 is one of the most popular and competitive racing classes in the Annapolis area.
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Any sailboat is a race boat, if someone wants to race it, but the Cal 25 is one of the most popular and competitive racing classes in the Annapolis area.
It was a great race boat in it's day! And if there's a local active one design fleet in your area as mentioned above, it still is!
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You can also use an anchor to stay in place and even oars and paddles if necessary.
Some racers really like to have an anchor on board if they sail where there is any current. Just in case.

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