If you have a SSB HF radio, tune it to 12359 KHz and check in with Herb Hilgenberg's weather net between 1930 and 2000 Hrs UTC. His call sign is "Southbound II" and he'll be listening for boats checking in between those hours. He'll then do a roll call of those he's heard and you'll get a customized forecast for the next two - three days, including Herb's recommendations on waypoints to steer for in the next two days or so.
He's very good and you should listen to what he has to say, but in the end -- as you know -- it's up to the skipper to make the decisions.
If you don't have a SSB radio, well....try sending Herb an email: hehilgen AT sympatico DOT ca
As Herb says, "Have a good watch."
PS -- In your shoes, I'd button down the boat, have storm sails rigged and ready, some food cooked, crew rested, and things generally prepared for the North Atlantic in a gale. July is probably as good as it gets for this passage, but you know...."stuff" happens. Good luck.
Last edited by billyruffn; 07-19-2011 at 04:16 PM.