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Old 15-05-2003, 13:25   #1
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Hong Kong to Manila

I'm hoping to work up to single-handed passage between Hong Kong and Manila. Definitely planning to avoid typhoon season. I'm figuring on averaging 3-4 knots in my 28ft deep-keeled traditional sloop. Conservatively, should be able to make it in 10 days.
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An average speed of 3 to 4 knots over a longish offshore passage is a very fast speed for a traditional 28 footer being single-handed unless you plan to motor whenever your sailing speeds drop below 3 or so knots. Depending on the actual conditions, you might do better but it seems like historically, most traditional cruisers averaged roughly 50% or less than their hullspeeds.

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Over a three year cruise, we (double-handed) averaged 4 knots on a 30 foot fairly heavy sloop, sailing conservatively. Rarely used the engine. If you're going to be in an area with reasonably consistent winds, 100 miles a day should be no problem.
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100 mile days in a 30 foot traditional boat is covering a fair amount of ground. One thing that helps your averages is that you are double-handing which allows sail changes to be made on the fly with one person steering. This means that you are more likely to carry a little more sail than a single-hander who has a lot more trouble shortening down when things get dicey.

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