Klondike is a Beneteau
First 456. We doublehand and sail conservatively, usually double reefing the main at sunset unless we are sure the night winds will be light. Downwind (wing & wing) in the trades we average about 7 knots, or 165 miles a day (like 19 days for the 3000 mile run from Galapagos
to the Marquesas
, which started with a few slow days). In stronger winds or reaching, we will average more like 180 miles/day. Our best run was from Tonga
to Fiji--500 miles in 2 1/2 days, but that was rough and uncomfortable, and we probably had a bit of current
Going to weather
is where the boat significantly outperforms most cruisers. Our best VMG is 4 knots in about 15 knots of windin unprotected water
, boatspeed about 6.5-7 knots with an apparent wind
angle of 30 degrees on autopilot
, which translates to 90 degree tacks over the ground. That translates into about 100 miles/day of not having much fun, and with the contrary wind usually comes a contrary current
. However, we sailed up the Red Sea, because we found that we could make almost as much progress under sail into 15-30 knots of wind as we could motoring into it.
As mentioned previously, the boat will go faster if you push it, but there is a tradeoff of comfort and risk. We keep the sail shortened down to where an accidental jibe or roundup or a squall is not likely to break anything.
To get an idea of the speed potential of our boat versus others, the Beneteau
456 races with a PHRF rating of about 66 secs/mile, or an IRC of 1.02