On our circumnavigation
, we always aimed to cover 150 miles a day when sailing offshore
. That meant keeping the boat moving at an average speed of 6.25 knots around the clock. That was generally an easily attainable goal when sailing offshore
downwind in the trades. If we weren't in the trades, then sometimes it didn't happen.
We could have sailed faster, but then faster would have been work. We could effortlessly sail 150 miles per day and have a comfortable motion on board Exit Only.
When cruising along coastlines or making daytime hops, we always tried to limit ourselves to forty miles a day. That meant we could get up at a reasonable time, and arrive with plenty of daylight at our destination
. When we did fifty mile days, we left at the crack of dawn, and usually got in late in the afternoon or just before sunset. In the trade wind
belts, you usually get only 12 hours of daylight because you are so close to equator, and we made it a policy to never arrive at an unkown destination
Our modus operandi was always "no bruisin cruising." Some times we did more miles, but we felt that it wasn't worth working that hard on regular basis.