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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

Back into Britain

20 June 2012 | North Channel, Irish Sea
Susan Mackay
We sailed or rather motored into UK waters this morning, the 18th June for the first time in over eight years. Pinta are now just 100nm away from Falmouth. Looking at this morning's grib file we think we will carry on all the way to Scotland. We have enough fuel even if we have to motor all the rest of the way which it looks pretty much like we will be doing. We are now just desperate to get home. We cannot ever remember seeing so many dolphins, they come early mornings and evening, sometimes staying for an hour or more. Donald knelt at the bow and waved to them. One jumped right out of the water and almost touched his hand. And during my watch for the last two nights running we have had a wonderful sunset, the sky changing from fiery orange to blood red. The sea is so calm now that I spent most of the day in the galley, first making mackerel pate for lunch, then chocolate biscuit cake (I cannot keep up with the demand), and finally prepared a roast chicken dinner with rum baked bananas and raisins for pud. Now it is early evening and after sailing in a south westerly force four all afternoon things are a bit bumpy down below. I am beginning to regret that roast dinner....
We have spent the last twenty four hours passing well known landmarks marked on our electronic chart, Ushant, Bishop's Rock Lighthouse, The Isles of Scilly, Lands End, St David's Head, Tusker Rock, but I see none of them. We could be anywhere on the sea but the light and the temperature tell us we are most definitely in the northern latitudes. This morning Tuesday the decks are soaking wet with the morning dew. That tells us there will be no wind again today but the sun will shine down from a clear blue sky. We have just 280nm and two days to go. We now must be the only ARC Europe yacht still en route to our destination. On the 6pm SSB net we learned that Pinta had just 45nm to run to Falmouth, Emilia were just 150nm away from Malahide so they will arrive there today.
We spent the day reading in the cockpit, warmer today in the sunshine. It was another lovely sunset as we swept up St Georges Channel with the tide, doing up to 10.1kts. When I came up on watch at 5am the next morning and looked out we were surrounded by a thick har, a real 'pea souper'. David was navigating his way by radar through a large fishing fleet and must have counted over three dozen. By 8.15 the fog had lifted, we were opposite the Isle of Man and had less than 100nm to go. The boys are working the tides and so we will now head over towards the coast of Ireland hoping to pick up a favourable current to take us on up through the North Channel. Then keeping over to the west we will lay a course for the south east corner of Arran and Ardrossan. All going well we will be in tucked up in our marina berth by the early evening.
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