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As slow as "practicable" (as conditions dictate) is the right speed. That way, as most have pointed out, if things go to h***, you have the highest probability of managing things. But...when wind and current require that you crab, your speed has to be high enough to allow you to crab into the slip without too much crabbing. That speed gets higher the greater wind and current are. So minimum steerage is not always the right answer.
And, as noted above, if the wind and current are too strong for your skills (most don't practice in these conditions), it may be time to go lie to an anchor or a mooring for a while, as someone noted above, to reduce that EQ that was mentioned. Sasparilla can taste just as good at anchor as at a slip.