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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

Rollin' along

10 May 2012 | Leg 1 - BVI's to Bermuda
Susan Mackay
The thrill of sailing downwind on the ocean, long forgotten, returned last night, that lovely sensation of going down following seas. We knew the forecast was for the wind to veer to the south east, then south west. Having previously prepared our poles with all the lines in anticipation for poling out, we knew it was just a matter of time before we would deploy it. Voyageur began to roll a little in building seas swinging those hips of hers as ladies do when they are in the rhythm of the dance. I had a very busy watch, not for me the luxury of star gazing or reading by the light of the torch. Sitting at the helm position, I was constantly having to reef and unreef the sails, as gusts swept over us. Finally with the wind coming more on the stern quarter I put the main away altogether. It was even colder tonight. I sat huddled in the cockpit wrapped in blankets, my feet tucked into cosy fleece slippers. At this rate it will not be long before the front door goes up. How on earth will we cope at 56 degrees north! We waited until first light, 5am, before going out on the pitching deck to swing out the pole to port. Now we could take twenty precious degrees off our course direct to Bermuda. But last night it was not a good night for me as I hardly slept, no more than a couple of hours at most. Consequently I am feeling sick from fatigue and the rolling motion of the boat. I have to write down below as the bright sunlight in the cockpit makes it impossible for me to read the computer screen. On the plus side we are still sailing, the sun is shining, the sea is sparkling, and David made the lunch, cheese and tomato toasties. Oh, and we are now just one day away from Bermuda. Our mileages have been disappointingly low this trip. Four monotonous days motoring, two of near perfect sailing conditions. But it has been the perfect "shake down" cruise for us and Voyageur. The first rally boats are arriving today, A Lady, Asteroid, Emilija and Ninfea due in sometime tonight. We are already picking up Radio Bermuda on our VHF from a distance of 165nm. Amazing!
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