The ideal wind speed for sailing is between 8-12 knots
The easiest wind to maneuver small and mid-sized boats is between 8-12 knots, while still being able to reach good speeds.
Anything between 5-8 knots is ideal for beginners that are trying to learn to sail. Anything under 5 knots gets tediously slow.
The average wind speed in the British Virgin Islands is 9 knots which makes the BVI one of the premier sailing destinations in the world.
The Star-class fleet of the 2012 Olympic Games competing in Weymouth.
Sailing has been a part of all modern Olympic games, except for the 1904 Summer Games, which were held in Louisiana.
This makes it one of the longest-running Olympic disciplines around. So if people ask you: ‘is sailing a sport?’, simply answer with: ‘the International Olympic Committee has believed it to be, for over 120 years’.
It was a gender-mixed discipline for the most part, until 1988, making it one of the only sports where women and men join in open competition.
Great Britain currently holds the most Olympic medals.
Explore the BVI by boat on Cuan Law and discover untouched tropical paradises!
Did you know that there are thousands of beautiful small islands that are generally considered unavailable to tourists? No flights or cruises are going there. The only way to reach these unspoiled lands is by boat or helicopter. From exotic species and authentic villages to serene beaches and lush nature. Places like this feel like personal heaven for everyone that is fortunate enough to visit them. Luckily, as a sailor, you have the fantastic opportunity to visit these hidden gems.
While the British Virgin Island consists of nearly 60 islands, only 3 are reachable by airplane. To get to the rest you must go by water. The Cuan Law can visit any of the beautiful Caribbean islands. Ask our highly knowledgeable crew and Captain for island recommendations and the chance to visit them!
Cuan Law can reach speeds of up to 14 knots!
The average sailboat cruises at about 4-6 knots, (4-7 mph or 7-11 km/h) and has a top speed of 9 knots (10 mph or 17 km/h). It’s just not that fast. That isn’t to say there aren’t any quick boats: they can be incredibly fast. Especially the multihulls, which have to displace a lot less water. They can go up to 50 knots (almost 60 mph or 93 km/h).
Most sailboats are slow because they are small (under 20′) – and the hull speed is directly related to the length of the boat. Longer sailboats are faster.
Cuan Law, with her three hulls, a length at the waterline of just over 29 meters, and 500 square meters of sail, has been able to reach up to 14 knots. Pretty impressive for a 36-tonne vessel!
So how is a sailboat able to go around the world in under 75 days? Well, they go on all day and night. Also, traveling on the water allows you to go in straight lines more often than on land!