I think the reality is you do what you want and are capable to do. The boat can be well prepaired but realy I think 75% of sailing is the sailor's skills. Why not go where you want to go and enjoy life. Who cares if you make it around or not. I agree, a stop in Ireland and Azores etc would be great but I do not have to circumnavigate this planet. For those who feel they need to by all means knock yourself out. But don't do it for records or glory do it because you want to see the world.
To all Happy new year and safe cruising.