SWMBO has amazed & delighted me by proposing a 12 month cruise to the Canaries in our own boat. The plan is to depart from Southampton early2013, cruise West Brittany, Northern Spain, Portugal, & perhaps Morocco then make for Lanzarote Sep/Oct. I guess it would be advisable to keep clear of Gran Canaria until the departure of the ARC rally. There is much information on this forum as well as blogs by those who have cruised this route . There is even in the March YM an article on cruising the Canaries. What I haven't yet discovered is about the most favourable time for the return to UK & what routing. Does the prevailing wind dictate that the return route is via the Azores? I would be most grateful for all advice & suggestions including recommended pilots.