Since when are shuttles faster than starships?
Since Kirk and Mendez were chasing the Enterprise with some expectation of catching it.
Shuttles are speed boats.
Maybe, but the Starbase 11 shuttle didn't stand a chance of catching Enterprise
in "The Menagerie". Kirk pushed the shuttle past its safe point of return without having caught up to the starship.
In practice, shuttles might at best match a starship for speed, but with a much shorter range. So if Wesley shuttled ahead of Lexington
, how much time did he save? A few minutes? An hour? Hardly seems worth it.