Thoughts at present about heading to the Canaries for the New Year (2010/2011). My beaten path has been to go via Brittany/Galicia/Lisbon/Algarve. This year I'm thinking seriously about going via the Azores - one direct leg.
Schooners don't go too well to windward, and Blue Hound is no exception; though, with the yankee and forestaysail she's much handier than with the genoa.
Still, the Azores in one leg is highly dependent on wind direction for me. We'll see!
Talking to a friend last night who is doing a two-hander direct to the Faroe Islands. Now that's a toughie!