Yacht Cerulean Atlantic Adventure

Vessel Name: Cerulean of Penryn
Vessel Make/Model: Seastream43
Hailing Port: Gosport
Crew: Richard & Alison Rowley
Richard has been sailing for over 40 years and has done over 12000nm of coastal sailing mainly from out of Portsmouth Harbour (UK) including many cross channel passages to the Channel Islands, and north coast of France and along the UK South coast, as well as yacht charters in Greece and Croatia. [...]
Extra: We have both taken a year off work to sail the Atlantic in our 43' (13m) sailing yacht Cerulean of Penryn which we purchased in 2015. We are signed up for the ARC+ 2018 rally from Las Palmas Gran Canaria to St Lucia via the Cape Verde Islands
Home Page: www.yachtcerulean.com
25 May 2019 | Horta, Faial, Azores
21 May 2019 | 38:25N 029:20W
19 May 2019 | 38:31N 034:16W
18 May 2019 | 38:31N 037:37W
17 May 2019 | 38:10N 040:49W
17 May 2019 | 37:55N 042:01W
15 May 2019 | 37:49N 042:58W
15 May 2019 | 36:26N 046:39W
15 May 2019 | 37:10N 044:57W
14 May 2019 | 35:39N 048:42W
14 May 2019 | 35:03N 050:29W
13 May 2019 | 34:30N 053:01W
12 May 2019 | 34:27N 054:04W
10 May 2019 | 33:18N 059:11W
09 May 2019 | 33:25N 060:54W
08 May 2019 | 32:58N 062:31W
08 May 2019 | 32:47N 063:44W
08 May 2019 | 32:29N 062:45W
29 April 2019 | Convict Bay, St George's Harbour, Bermuda
25 April 2019 | 31:35N 066:04W
Recent Blog Posts
25 May 2019 | Horta, Faial, Azores

Across the Atlantic’ Bermuda to Azores

DATE:2019-05-24 12:00Z

21 May 2019 | 38:25N 029:20W

Bermuda-Horta 17

Trip:1745 Distance to Waypoint 35; Bearing to Waypoint 080deg 38deg 25'N 029deg 20'W COG: 080 SOG:5.4 Wind W f4

19 May 2019 | 38:31N 034:16W

Bermuda-Horta 16

Trip:1521 Distance to Waypoint 265; Bearing to Waypoint 089deg 38deg 31'N 034deg 15'W COG: 0103 SOG:6.0 Wind SW f4

18 May 2019 | 38:31N 037:37W

Bermuda-Horta 15

Trip:1379 Distance to Waypoint 423; Bearing to Waypoint 087deg 38deg 31'N 037deg 37'W COG: 092 SOG:7.6 Wind SSW f4-5

17 May 2019 | 38:10N 040:49W

Bermuda-Horta 13

Trip:1249 Distance to Waypoint 674; Bearing to Waypoint 084deg 38deg 10'N 040deg 49'W COG: 081 SOG:5.7 Wind SW f4

17 May 2019 | 37:55N 042:01W

Bermuda-Horta 14

Trip:1192 Distance to Waypoint 632; Bearing to Waypoint 083deg 37deg 55'N 042deg 01'W COG: 081 SOG:6.0 Wind SSW f4-5


29 November 2018 | 14:50 045:25
Jeremy Rowley
Distance to go 899Nm, Distance Sailed 1257Nm

Last night we celebrated the halfway point with a bottle of champagne and chicken stir fry and noodles, and a top end F5 for desert. At 2300UT we put in second reef and with Cerulean nicely settled and stable doing 6-7kts and the night watches had little to do, and I for a change managed a good nights sleep in the forecabin for the first time for a couple of nights.

This morning bought F5/6 and cloudy skies which soon cleared away and most of the day has been bright and sunny. The second reef has stayed in but as the wind moderated the partially furled genoa has been progressively unfurled. Perfect NE Trades conditions and the kind of conditions that Cerulean takes in her stride.

Much of the morning was spent with supporting another nearby ARC+ vessel which has a broken forestay. The swaged fitting at the top of the mast had failed, despite having been fitted only in March. The task is to lower the forestay, with the associated foil, sail and furling mechanism (about 100KG). No easy feat at sea with a 3m swell. Our support has been in the form of discussing on the radio the possible strategies to lower it and thinking about possible problems. We have just heard that they have successfully lowered it which is really good news.

For those who think that the ocean swell might sound horrendous, it is actually quite fascinating how Cerulean copes with it. The swell approaches from the Starboard quarter with a wall of water, the stern lifts and the wave passes harmlessly underneath. The rise and fall cannot felt but sometimes when on the peak of the swell, you can look down into this big hole in the water, within a couple seconds you are looking up at the next approaching wave. On top of the rise and fall, there is the rolling side to side. Much of the time, if the boat is making good progress through the water the boat is quite stable, but every 10th wave or so the there a a couple of big rolls, which lasts 15 seconds or so and then settles down again. If sitting comfortably wedged into some nook or cranny it is possible to take the roll as it comes without having to tense up, but sitting upright unsupported, say at the chart table writing a blog, means tensing the back and stomach muscles; they are getting a real work out.

We have now passed another 15 degrees of longitude, so I expect we will be putting Ships Time back an hour tomorrow to -0300 GMT.

By for now.

Cerulean of Penryn
Cerulean of Penryn's Photos - Main
Passage along the south coast from Gosport to Plymouth
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