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21 June 2012 | Clyde Marina, Ardrossan
20 June 2012 | North Channel, Irish Sea
17 June 2012 | Bay of Biscay
15 June 2012 | Coruna Marina, La Coruna
14 June 2012 | Marina Coruna, La Coruna
13 June 2012 | North Atlantic Ocean
12 June 2012 | North Atlantic Ocean
09 June 2012 | North Atlantic Ocean
07 June 2012 | Ponta Delgaga
06 June 2012 | Ponta Delgada
04 June 2012 | Angra
02 June 2012 | Horta, Faial
01 June 2012 | Horta , Faial
28 May 2012 | North Atlantic Ocean
25 May 2012 | North Atlantic Ocean
24 May 2012 | North Atlantic Ocean
23 May 2012 | North Atlantic Ocean
22 May 2012 | North Atlantic Ocean
21 May 2012 | North Atlantic Ocean
20 May 2012 | North Atlantic Ocean

Not the nine o'clock net?

06 May 2012 | Leg 1-BVI's to Bermuda
Susan Mackay
Only fifteen out of twenty five yachts tuned into the SSB net today to give a position. We actually want people to know of our whereabouts! But the annoyance we had on the WARC of people using the hailing channel 77 for chatting persists, which, when we are trying to rest can be rather irksome. At least the Puerto Rico US coastguard is now silent. All day long yesterday we had relays of Pan Pan relay distress messages, one an Epirb that had gone off in the vicinity of a marina, the other a fire on a vessel in a marina.

A waiting game
All day we have been motoring. There is absolutely no wind. I have even seen 1.1kts on the digital display. It was so hot too, the Atlantic has never looked more inviting for a dip. We had cold showers instead and felt much the better for it. At least there are no mosquitoes out here. The motoring allows us to open up the windscreen for more air into the cockpit and of course the wind forward of the beam also helps to catch what little breeze there is, keeping us cooler. Like in the Pacific we are oh so grateful for our all round cockpit screens. For lunch we had an omelette accompanied by salad, for supper, a mushroom and pea risotto. The less time I have to spend down below at the cooker the better. We spent the day cat napping and reading, and waiting, waiting, waiting for that 11 to 17knots of wind that the forecast had predicted but it never came. We saw nothing all day save a dilapidated looking fishing boat motoring lazily by. We struggled to reach our daily target of 140nm not quite making it. We would really like to be in Bermuda by Friday allowing us a little more time to see the island and to turn around the boat in readiness for the next long leg. Last night we had a loose arrangement that if our boat speed dropped below four knots of true wind we would start to motor. Now I think we would happily settle for less. On the plus side burning off so much fuel will lighten the load, although the cost of refuelling in Bermuda is quite high.

We have never seen the Atlantic so calm and as I write this under a bright moon on its ascent, the ocean around me has never looked more at peace, or more beautiful, an ocean of liquid oil with nothing to break the surface. We have agreed that if we see 8 knots true wind we will try and sail. Looking out over an empty horizon there is not another light to be seen, the radar a blank space for twenty four nm around, but I did notice last night that although we had a visual sighting on a few of the rally yachts they were either not showing up at all or giving out a very poor signal. We are firm believers in our See Me active radar enhancer to make us a bigger target. David and Stephen of A Lady have set up a radio rendezvous at midday on SSB every day to have a chit chat just as on WARC. Like us they are also motor sailing and now 50 nm ahead. David gave me an extra hour's sleep during his first watch. I had not been feeling well, a combination of tiredness and the heat and this time I did sleep, savouring the cool of night. All night we were teased and tantalized, each of us having a tiny squall on our watch to raise our hopes only for it to fall away again. Dawn brought a few scattered clouds in a clear blue sky. Looks like we will be waiting a little longer....
Vessel Name: VOYAGEUR
Vessel Make/Model: Amel Super Maramu 2000
Hailing Port: Rhu, Scotland
Crew: Susan and David Mackay
David first learned to sail on a Loch Fyne day boat out of Helensburgh Sailing Club on the River Clyde in his mid twenties. With the arrival of a family he did not do any more, until in 1984 we bought our first boat, “The Golden Soak”, a Matilda 20. [...]

Our motto:Carpe Diem

Who: Susan and David Mackay
Port: Rhu, Scotland