Crossing the Gulf Stream is different each time. I've had smooth swells and 12 knots of breeze on one trip, and two waterspouts in sight at the same time on another, with lightning squalls. The last time, we waited about a day, double reefed at about 3 knots, for a nasty 500 mile front to pass. (Two other tough guys that punched through got damaged crew members heliported back to Bermuda). Besides excellent weather data from the Bermuda National Weather Service, we had good information from a volunteer radio weather router, who seemed to know what he was talking about and had about 25 boats in various parts of the Atlantic checking in each day. The best advice is to be ready for anything but snow: it's the Gulf Stream.
Last edited by paulk; 04-26-2011 at 08:43 PM.