Scoobert you said 40 degree nights were your goal? Just head
for myrtle beach or Charleston, via Delaware and Chesapeake, and take sabray up on the battery
is a killer town to sail into... Very nice offer sabray, btw good for others to notice the very real danger
Plenty of adventure to be had, lots of learning
I'm sure and all the adventure you may want, surfing down the Chesapeake as I imagine don did on his first run south. Nothing wrong with light winds too, just another opportunity to learn. Takes skill sailing off the wind
, making your course.
Be reasonable with your goals within your time constraint. Any additional southing is a bonus. I think you're sailing with your wife? Smart money
makes this nice and easy for her. Maybe it has been said already, I'm late to the party. From experience, should you want her to stick with it, make it all kinds of fun for a couple weeks - harder to do when you're figuring it all out. Will still be the adventure of a lifetime, and plenty of time to rock out some 200 mile days once you really connect with that boat. Not that women are shrinking daisies on a boat, but often not the driving force with our seagoing shenanigans. Either way, doing what she wants will pay off big time for ya pal. Maybe she wants to punch an inlet and make a run for it. Lucky boy.....
Then again you may have some really benign weather
. We'll see. You've got a few days to get in the groove and watch the weather
. Have fun - great to be on the move.