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Re: What do you expect?

Thanks, all. I was just a shot in the dark. I'm pretty comfortable when I can exceed 50% of apparent wind speed under most conditions, either on a beat or beam reach.
"Schedules are a fool's errand" is a pretty simplistic sentence. ALL of us sail on some kind of schedule. Each and every one of us! We go on a day sail and need to be back at a certain time for one reason or another. Some sail by weather windows and others have guests aboard who have a flight to catch at the end of the voyage. The Commuter cruisers sail on a schedule, so many months sailing and so many months with the grandkids. And if you ever skipper a delivery thinking you aren't on a schedule, that will most likely be your last one.
Folks are just fooling themselves when they say they aren't on a schedule of some sort. Just think of all those day sailors on here who fear being out after dark!
If most cruisers didn't have some sort of schedule, they might be caught in a hurricane or sit in some idyllic bay forever, which would be tantamount to being in some old folks home waiting to die, just with more maintenance.

"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

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