Someone wrote on here the other day (so close to remembering who...) an analogy of riding bikes in races and busting wheels. When he didn't bust any more wheels he told the shop they were better built wheels. The shop told him it was that he had finally learned to ride better!
Sailing is interesting because theres so many different styles of sailing in so many different types of boats.
When we were racing
when I was young it didn't matter what we broke as long as we won the race
(someone else was paying!!!) Then we worked out the people who won the races when they didn't have to stop to make quick repairs
. In fact when someone wins its often not that they did anything 'right' they just don't make mistakes!
We constantly hear of people sailing at 9kts or surfing down waves at 10, or even 12 kts... 'yeah man we saw 15 kts surfing a wave...'. Some of the catamaran
storys we read of 2 handed boats doing long passages and hitting 20 knots! Fast! How about the stories of someones passage
... they often talk first of the time: 18 days trans Atlantic... 21 days Galapagos/Marquesas. (Our G/M was 20 days!)
But, as I say, we are forced to go under 8 knots because I can't afford to break every bit of kit on the boat.
But with this type of long range crusing we are mostly talking about on Cruisers Forum who gives a damn if we do 6 knots or 7 knots when what we should be doing is sailing for the love of it, checking the dolphins
, the clouds, the birds all whilst cooking
a long slow lunch.
Why the hell would you want to cut that short by a day or 2 and have a big bill for it?
I am not having a shot at people that have had a few things go wrong, just trying to help with a philosophy...