I don't think so.
One of the things i do first 2 turn is make ready 1 ship each turn. so once i get food i can sail faster. I want to be whaling by no later then turn 5 and i never want both ships sail at the same time on the sail track. Meaning i will not put them sailing on the same turns.
I've played a about 10 games and they where all very close VP wise.
because even if they get lucky pulling large VP whales they can't buy them all most likely.
Bank and other money making towns buildings are always in the game for me.
Pretty sure that you're taking about New Bedford - not Nantucket...