Interesting point brought up in the log by Northern Child. They have done a number of ARCs and is quite a large Swan. They are having a tough time in heavy seas and strong winds... Following winds and seas, though. The owner wonders what it's like to be on smaller boats and the non Swan /Oyster type boats.
Then he mentions that he is further north than the rest of the fleet who are in calmer, sunnier conditions. He has gone north to get stronger winds to sail faster.
So the Atlantic can be managed by very different size boats, or sailing methods... The further south the more trades winds, the further north the different weather patterns...
On my crossing in Nov 2010 the northern route was into 35 knot head winds and the southern route was very light winds. You could go the way your cruisng style wanted it to be.
Anyway, here's a video of my boat half way across the Atlantic.