Global Voyageur

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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

In the drink!

13 May 2012 | St Georges, Bermuda
Susan Mackay
Voyageur bow sits directly overlooking the "Ducking Stool" in King's Square. Used for nagging wives David thought its proximity to Voyageur could not be more suitable.

Ready for use!
Being Sunday with no ferries running and most of the shops closed we had a stay at home day, doing laundry, answering emails, later a recce of the town. I am so glad we are here and not in busy Hamilton. It's a bit like being on the Crinan Canal on a hot and sunny day. All day locals and visitors alike cross the small bridge directly in front of us, taking pictures and admiring us. We do make a pretty sight with our bunting fluttering in the breeze. Although we have not had the luxury of shore power or water, it has been a real boon to simply step ashore off the boat and voila, we are right in the centre of town, a minute from the supermarket, shops, cafes, restaurants and the bus stop to wherever. We didn't think we could afford to stay more than a couple of days but Stephen negotiated a very good rate with Sandra and we decided that it was worth every penny for the convenience. Besides which we have our old World Arc buddies Aileen and Stephen right up close and personal......

The ARC Europe prize giving was held that night in the St Georges Dinghy and Sports Club. A sit down meal of fish and chips was served to over one hundred and twenty five people. The overall winner was just as we had predicted, A Lady. We are so very thrilled and proud for them, and it comes just one month after their second overall win in the BVI's Oyster Regatta. "It's not a race" declared Nick but as David said to me "If there is a start and a finish then believe me it is a race". You just have to look at all the multi crewed boats and then you realise. It will never make a whit of difference to us. We like and choose to do it the way we do. But the prize of the night, the Perseverance Award was to Heike and Udo on Endo 11, who finally arrived here this afternoon after eight days at sea. They had had to sail almost the entire passage without the use of their engine, and if anyone deserved a prize then these two people did. Oh, I was so embarrassed really. One of the prizes was a visit to Radio Bermuda. There were fourteen tickets and without any hesitation my hand shot up." I want to go there". But fourteen lucky people had a ticket tucked under their seat and I was not one of them. I searched, hoping against hope but it was not to be. Nick must have seen the look of disappointment on my face and slipped me an extra ticket. "But I can't go without David". No problem. Oh, it was the best mother's day present, from the mother of my three sons.....
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