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David :

I am afraid that things are against you.

The best angle to the wind you can manage is 50 deg.

The cosine of that is 0.6428.

Your water speed is 3 kt.

Assuming no leeway, your corrected speed in the direction you wish to go is...

3*cos{50} = 3*0.6428 = 1.9284 kt.

If the current from the west is more than that, you won't make any progress.

Leeway will worsen things again.

In those conditions, I would just motor with head to weather, and pound it out.
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This all sounds eerily familiar. Whenever I choose a destination, the current is against me, and the wind is either 20 kts on the nose or 3 kts directly downwind.

My advice to the original question: don't do as I do and (attempt to) sail to a schedule.

Jack
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This all sounds eerily familiar. Whenever I choose a destination, the current is against me, and the wind is either 20 kts on the nose or 3 kts directly downwind.

My advice to the original question: don't do as I do and (attempt to) sail to a schedule.

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YES, YES, I thought it was just me.
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Reminds me of sailing out of Everett marina one afternoon-hoisted the main, the wake was gurgling nicely, and I was a content man. Then my daughter pointed out we weren't moving-just holding our position relative to the shore. Hoisting the jib got us going, though.
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