Just purchased a boat in Spain and starting to plan the delivery of the boat back to Ireland. I did a similar trip (from NW Spain) two years ago on a 40-footer and got caught in a nasty storm west of Lands End. I was thinking at the time that I wouldn’t want to be in anything smaller, so are there any rules of thumb or guidelines as to when is a good time to make such a journey? I know a lot would depend on the local short-term forecast but what’s the advice? Is planning to cross Biscay in mid-April too early or is it always a hairy experience, no matter what time of year?