Today has been a very relaxing day. We are too far to reach Minerva by
nightfall, but too close to arrive in the morning at our normal speed.
This happens quite a lot (not only to us) and the traditional approach is
to either slow the boat down so you arrive in the daylight or sail as best
you can until you are close to your destination (say, about 5-10 miles)
and then heave-to (basically to drop sails and sit where you are) till
morning. I hate doing the later as the motion is always uncomfortable (ie.
rolly). Another option is to tack back and forth near to your destination
until daylight. We have tried the last option several times and it works
fine as long as conditions do not significantly change during the night.
If a wind shift occurs you may find yourself fighting upwind to get to your
destination after tacking away from it during the night!