Global Voyageur

Be a virtual voyager - join the tartan navy to follow the Mackays on their return to Scotland

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

A calm sea

07 May 2012 | Leg 1 - BVI's to Bermuda
Susan Mackay
Feeling so much better today having had six hours good quality sleep last night. For the second day in a row our ocean is a glassy calm.

A glassy calm
All day we searched in vain for those tell tale signs of wind upon sea and in the skies. I swear is it a conspiracy between Neptune and Aeolus. They teased us relentlessly and remorselessly. Throughout the day we could see bands of wind stretching across ahead of us but every time Voyageur arrived her bow plunging through the ruffled surface the wind registered nothing more than a measly five knots. Today's lowest wind speed record reached 0.7! The barometric pressure remains as steady as if it has got stuck. The good news is that we picked up a nice favourable current of 0.4 of a knot so it is good to see our boat speed nudging above seven knots as we continue to motor sail. Just before we sat down for supper the needle swung round to the northwest and increased, 6, 7, 8 knots of wind. Although supper was ready we leapt to the sheets as a man and in minutes were sailing close hauled on a north, north easterly course, the engine silenced at long, long last. We had been motoring for 36hours nonstop. It lasted only an hour but at least it was an hour of pure pleasure just to hear rippling water lapping gently on the hull. It was the sweetest sound. We took our meals in civilised fashion sitting at the cockpit table instead of the usual balancing act on our knees. Today's offering was cauliflower with a crispy bacon and onion cheese sauce, supper, garlic prawns and salad followed by dessert, ice cream and blueberries. All that was missing was a glass of fine wine! The real highlight of the day however had to be David's first ever sighting of the green flash.
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