Crossing the Atlantic Ocean has its schedule. From Europe, the crossing
usually takes place in late autumn-winter. The trade winds and currents
are the factors that settle the best time for going. There are actually
other times of departure too, you just need to stay away from the
hurricane season, June through October. Leaving the US, youŽll probably
go in the summer.
The spring or atumn will then be spent in the balmy waters of the
Caribbean or Mediterrian respectively.
The voyage down to the point of crossing - Canary Islands or Bermuda
most often, is an excellent training in itself for the oceans. You will
get months of training and get to know your boat in all kinds of
situations and will also have the chance to service or add parts in
harbors along the way.