I think your timing is all wrong. South about is against the current
and north about, well, there is no way I would want to be in the North Atlantic at those latitudes in Nov. In NW Europe
during winter, we have a constant stream of low pressure systems bringing cold, wet and stormy weather
in from the N Atlantic. Oh and the nights long, days short.
Either you put it on a ship to SA, or depart NY in April / May for the Azores, then Europe
for the summer and Cape Verdes in the Autumn.
That puts you in S America in Nov for the trip to SA.