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    Hi all,

    I’m planning some cruising this summer which will include some longer open sea passages and it’s struck me that I have no idea what kind of boat speed to expect from the Wayfarer (ours is a Mk1 cruising boat) on such trips. I’ve never bothered to measure boat speed before and am trying to get a sense of what kind of speed through the water I should expect in order that we can plan itineraries, courses to steer, etc etc. Does anyone have a rough idea of speed through the water (I know it will be very rough but it’ll help all the same) for a cruising boat in different conditions/points of sail?



    The Hafren Round Britain boys are logging 4kt over ground on average: there’s an interesting blog post reflecting on this from their first stop at Dale.
    have a look at the mapping here – its awe-inspiring!

    When I looked at our distance sailed and time spent over about 180NM during the summer it came out at a very similar figure.

    This means that (speedwise at least) sailing is like walking on water !!

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