Thanks for the great advice, we wont be doing any overnights. I think we may do 7 day sails and hopefully get as far as Plymouth and leave her there until around March next year. Hopefully we can bump into each other on the way.
Again many thanks
PS I did the trip, totally unprepared, in a MacWester 33 ketch 30 years ago (Isle of Wight to Liverpool) but it was around the longest day and I did have the indestructability of youth on my side.