The main thing u should know about sail boats is that they follow the winds. Which means, generally speaking, that they go with the wind
instead of against the wind
. The wind makes waves. The stronger the wind, given enough time to act on the water
, makes waves bigger. They can get quite steep if the wind was strong and the storm wasn't that far away. So, the physics of it is this...if you sail against the wind the sailor's term is a "beat"...it is the slowest point of sail. There is a reason it is called a beat. Going against wind and wave can "beat" the snot out of you and break many things on the poor boat. If you are inside a boat beating to windward you will understand the meaning of a "beat" very quickly. The boat has to climb the wave that is coming at it. That wave has momentum...speed and mass..it kills the speed of your boat as it tries to climb the face of that oncoming wave. When you get to the top of that wave your little teacup of a 36 footer feels like you are on a roller coaster. Your tiny boat falls down the backside of the wave and begins the process all over again. Divide 30 seconds into a 24 hour time period and you have an approximation of how many cycles you can go through in one day. You are not sitting in front of a TV set with a blanket on your recliner. Experienced sailors have had to be rescued from small boats from literally being exhausted almost to death when caught in long drawn out storms. In the pacific ocean
a, just average, storm can produce waves of 15-30 feet high. You are hanging on for dear life inside your cabin
. There may be vomit flying around also.
Jimmy Cornell's sailing routes is a book already mentioned. His book tells you what routing to use and at what time of the year. It is based on routes that are downwind or at least beam reaching. Steve Dashew can get away with beating to windward from New Zealand
and knock off 250 miles a day. But his large Deerfoot boats are large Maxi
monohulls that are aluminum
and 60-80 feet long. Look up Beowulf and Steve Dashew. They cost millions of dollars and are for the very experienced sailors who have that kind of wherewithal.
I just going to say it plainly....Do not attempt this type of thing. Get a boat in Mexico
and learn sailing there. Mexico
, friendly, and sailing is great. Do not attempt to even do that during the summer season. It is very hot and late summer and Autumn dangerous hurricane
season. We had some real scary weather
this year due to the El Nino weather
phenomenon. The other suggestion is buy in Malaysia
and cut your teeth on learning
around there and then head
west around Africa
and then the Atlantic....but that is no joke either.