A low pressure is passing by us and giving us some wonderful South winds. These are a welcome change as they mean we can make some East miles!
We could use these South winds to run due North and make that distance needed, but why not try and get as far East as we can?
Our goal is not to hit a particular latitude, our goal is to hit Porto, Portugal.
Traditionally, the winds in this area require you to sail North to around 47N, but that is not a hard and fast rule. The winds lately have been really weird, so the choice is to sail to an arbitrary point or try to sail to our destination.
For the sake of morale on board, we choose to sail towards Portugal and shave our distance to destination down a bit.