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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

One day in Spain

15 June 2012 | Coruna Marina, La Coruna
Susan Mackay
The following morning after a quiet start the wind suddenly intensified just as predicted. David called Pinta on the VHF to check on their ETA. They could see the breakwater and were motoring with full engine revs hard against a wind of up to 47 knots, sometimes only managing as little as 0.9knots of speed over the ground. Such painfully slow progress but at last we saw their mast come into view at the marina entrance and went to help with their lines. Lying beam on to the wind it took full throttle and bow thrusters to push the boat in. They were still so upbeat in spite of their last few difficult hours but obviously very tired and thankful to be here.

We spent the morning doing laundry but everybody else had the same idea and with too few machines and driers I ended up doing two loads back on the boat. Typically as it came time to hang it all out to dry the rain came pouring down. But that was not going to stop us from walking into the town centre where we indulged ourselves in a tapas style lunch. David and I went off in search of a supermarket for a few provisions while Donald walked all around the headland of the Torres of Hercules. When we returned to the boat a brief dry spell enabled us to hang some laundry out, the inside of the boat and cockpit now festooned with damp washing but not for long before another dismal squall swept over us. Too wet to walk into town we took a taxi and dined in a fish restaurant in the old quarter. Soon it was coming down in sheets and on our way back to the marina, the streets were now rivers of rain. It was nearly midnight when we turned in later than we had intended with an early start in the morning, but they don’t start serving dinner here till around 9pm. This is Spain.
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