We had a heck of a day to go for a sailboat ride. An east-southeasterly breeze was blowing in the low 20s as we paused in the lee of Fisher Island to tuck in a reef and raise the square-top main before motoring the rest of the way out of Government Cut. Past the breakwater, we hooked a left, rolled out the self-tacking jib and headed for deeper water. For the record, with the throttles wide open, the boat’s two 57 hp Yanmar diesels pushed us along at 8.5-knots. More to the point, with the motors cut, our speed over ground hovered right around 9 knots closehauled. And by the time we’d gained enough sea room to crack off to a reach, though the wind had settled down into the teens, we still managed to add a couple more knots to our pace by unfurling the code zero.