Define "speed"... 5 knots? 7 Knots? 10 knots?
Our vessel sails
only slightly heeled on our closest reach at about 6.0 knots in 20 knots breeze just by adjusting the sails
a bit. If we were facing rough weather
out in the middle of the ocean, we could either run from the weather
at 6+ knots or hove-to but going head
in is not really that much of an option because we slow down so much.
Is 1 or 2 really going to make a huge difference when we are in a situation out in the middle of the ocean? I don't have an answer for that... maybe if we are talking 10+ knots then speed would be better but in the end if you are going to get you ass whooped its going to happen over a huge area of sea right?
I think a turn of speed when needed is good, for example to make your way into port, but in other cases comfort wins out.