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

Bermuda - a breath of fresh air

12 May 2012 | St Georges, Bermuda
Susan Mackay
We slept like logs for ten hours. It was a very different Bermuda we woke up to the following morning. With the storm of the previous day over, the skies were once more clear and bright, more the weather that one would expect. Welcome to Bermuda! Eager to see the island we set off for Hamilton, the capital, straight after breakfast. Taking the local bus it was possibly one of the prettiest journeys we have made in quite some time. I soon realised that perhaps the best has been saved for last. This island, the last one we visit on this side of the Atlantic, is quite beautiful. The bus route takes you on the coastal road, past little white sandy coves and inlets, pastel coloured houses with immaculately kept pocket gardens, their uniform concrete roofs dazzlingly white in the morning sunshine.

White roofs of Bermuda
I don't recall ever have seen such a concentration of beautiful homes. In spite of the fact that they have such a shortage of water the island is very green, a real surprise to us. After very many months without rain they were in drought conditions, so of course after yesterday's torrential downpour the locals were delighted. The place oozes prosperity and the respect that the Bermudian people have for their island paradise is evident everywhere you go. Not a scrap of litter, all so clean and tidy it was another world to us on our long sojourn up through the Caribbean chain. But there is a price to be paid for all its loveliness, everything is very expensive indeed. The golf courses, of which there are many, are way beyond our budget. The colour of the water here is spectacular, (I didn't say that yesterday!)

City Hall,Hamilton
We wandered the streets of Hamilton, the capital, their fine government buildings, churches, everything so pristine, until it all got too busy with cruise ship passengers, when we retreated to the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and a get together with everyone from A Lady except Stephen, who has had to return to Ireland on business for several days.

The Cathedral, Hamilton

Their Majesties Chappell, St George's
Linda and Tom treated us all to a lovely lunch. They are leaving tomorrow, back to New York.

Entrance to the Yacht Club
We took the longer scenic route back home. After sun downers we hopped on the bus again to Swizzles Inn for dinner. Our waitress was from Glasgow. The Scots and the Irish are absolutely everywhere! Of course we just had to try out the infamous Swizzle drink. Two jugs later..... we barely noticed how chilly it was as we waited for the bus to return home. And it fairly warmed the cockles of our heart. The Bermudians have been exceptionally welcoming and friendly towards us, so much so that when David and I went out walking this morning, Sunday, I was greeted several times over with "Happy Mother's Day" and not just from the ladies but from a young man old enough to be my son! Oh, it just feels so good to be here.....

St George's,Bermuda
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