KH is right about that... this is not a trip you want to attempt as you're trying to figure out how to sail the boat.
Many experienced sailors will tell you that that particular passage can be tougher and rougher (and more treacherous) than a passage to Hawaii and beyond.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)