We were talking to our good friends Robb and Emma a while back via skype - they headed north from Hobart on Aratika about the same time we headed east - and the question came up of how many days a traveling boat might spend sailing vs. sitting at anchor in some delightful spot.
We had never calculated our ratio of days spent traveling to days spent sitting still, but I remember reading something years ago, when I was a kid in Ohio dreaming of the sea, that a ratio of 1 day sailing to 10 days at anchor was pretty common.
Alisa and I were curious, so she sat down with our log book and figured it out.
For our crossing from San Francisco to Hobart, from April 26 2011 until Feb 12 2012, we spent 117 days sailing (both passages and day sails) and 177 days at anchor - that's a ratio of 1 day sailing to 1.5 days sitting. Since we've left Hobart on this trip, the ratio has been almost exactly 1:1.
We were a bit shocked. No wonder we're so tired at times!
I'd love to hear how that ratio works out for other traveling boats...