I think you really need to do a little reading and research
on the wind
patterns of the N Atlantic. The big picture is called the north Atlantic Gyre. The wind and currents are roughly a giant clockwise circle, going up the US east coast
, east across the northern Atlantic to UK and northern Europe
, south along the European west coast
to north Africa
and then back west across to the Caribbean
to south Florida
and back up the coast. In the middle there is a large dead zone that usually has little to no wind.
Going to Europe if you take a course too far south you are sailing dead against winds that can be 10-25 kts on the nose and a current
that also pushes you back 1-2 kts. If you go a little further north you will have to cross the zone with no winds. If you go further north you have favorable winds but a very high chance of storms in the winter.
Go look as some pictures of this on the internet
and you will see what I refer to. Google
search north Atlantic Gyre.
So go to north Florida and you will be out of the worst winter storms and may get southerly winds to start but eventually you will have to go through the horse latitudes (the dead zone in the middle, named horse latitudes because sailing ships would be becalmed for weeks, run out of food
and throw the horses and livestock in their cargo overboard) or go far enough to get the west winds but hit the storms.
The other option is to sail as far south as possible, say to the area of Barbados
. From there you could take a NE course across the trade
winds and make a reasonable passage
. But getting to the SE Caribbean
is a long trip on its own.
You may call it fear but I consider myself a fairly adventurous sailor and I call it prudence.