Do not mean to throw a bucket of cold water
on your plan, SeaCow, but maybe it is the recognition in each of your messages of your ongoing concerns that sees me having to say this - especially now we learn it is only paperwork driving you to take the risks.
I am a somewhat bullish sailor. Actually I like heavy weather
sailing. So when you first posed your initial questions about this route
I was supportive of the trip..........
Not so any more. I suggest for the best possible reasons, you find a way to delay your departure until later next year.
Do not mean to insult you but it sounds like you've neither the experience or the confidence to do what you plan to do in safety
. Read the story of the cargo ship going down off Lebanon this week to get some scope
on how bad it can get and the outcomes of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
What about diverting your obvious energy and enthusiasm into sorting that paperwork and amend your goal to waiting for a better time to depart?