Originally Posted by nigelmercier
Could you elaborate on the reasons?
Because that week is famous for throwing up very nasty equinox storms. Having crossed Biscay several times in Sept, Oct and Nov. I would definitely try to be clear of it by mid Sept. Preferably end of August. Witness the recent Fastnet race
to see that even August at these latitudes is not without it's problems. After Sept it can become a lottery to get across Biscay. Storms tend to brew off finnisterre and force you into the Bay or way out into the Atlantic.
Sure " with strong crew and a reliable boat" type of stuff it cam be done anytime, but you can get a major hammering as well. You pays your money
and takes your chances.
The later you do it the more Westing I'd have in my plan