Originally Posted by scoobert
.... I guess not. Our canadian friends are headed for the cape, they are 60 miles south east of us. Cannot immagine it will be a fun ride....
Scoob - You're right. It almost certainly won't be a fun ride. When you are more experienced, you can make a run like that. You can't do it safely with the level of experience you currently have. When the weather turns really rough, even little things cascade into major problems that easily become life-theatening. Worse, they are almost always compounded by exhaustion and diminished judgement.
About a month ago, my wife and i sailed in a rally for cruisers. We sailed for 27 1/2 hours closed hauled, tacking against a 30 knot wind
and 7 foot waves (baltic waves, very short and steep). When we got there, we had a nights sleep, sailed the rally, drank and danced until 1 a.m., went to bed
, got up at 8:00 and sailed 18 hours back again, this time running on a broad reach with the 40 knot wind
over our shoulders, waves were 10 feet and some were breaking.
We managed to do that, but only because we are experienced. We were completely wiped out when we got home, and we were starting to make mistakes
the last 6 hours or so, simply because we were exhausted.
So play it safe - if you and your wife continue sailing, you'll have lots of opportunities to run out where the water
is deep and the waves high.
You don't need to do it your first time out.