Sailing To enjoy coastal and offshore cruising you need to go with the philosophy that you will reach somewhere sometime …. possibly! Sailing is only really enjoyable if you take your time and avoid unpleasant weather - listen to the forecast! Experienced hard-bitten boaters will know the truth that passage plans should:
1 Aim at a general location (eg east coast of America) to avoid disappointment rather than planning to arrive off Cape Henry lighthouse (Chesapeake Bay). You will probably find America even if as with Columbus you think you are somewhere else.
2 Don’t plan to arrive at Chesapeake Bay (or America/India) on the morning of July 10th or any other day in July for that matter. You will get there sometime … maybe!
… and do read the chart so as to avoid passing through a submarine exercise area as the author once did … the unmistakeable sight of a torpedo coming towards you is not guaranteed to fill your crew with confidence!
Learn from your mistakes - and enjoy!