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
17 June 2019
14 June 2019 | 47:45N 009:10W
13 June 2019 | 46:38N 010:47W
13 June 2019 | 46:34N 010:51W
11 June 2019 | 44:05N 014:40W
10 June 2019 | 42:51N 018:48W
08 June 2019 | 40:56N 021:26W
07 June 2019 | 38:15N 024:41W
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
Recent Blog Posts
12 July 2019 | Gosport

A ship is safe in harbour...but that's not what they are for

The Cerulean Big Atlantic Adventure is now over. We are moored back at our home port of Gosport in the UK, and our adventure is rapidly turning into just a memory.

17 June 2019

Bishops Rock

Passage from the Azores to the Scilly Isles

14 June 2019 | 47:45N 009:10W

Ponta Delgado-Bishops Rock 07

Log:958 DTW 166; BTW 039deg 47deg 45'N 009deg 10'W COG: 060 SOG:4.6 Wind SW f3; baro 1016 Status: Sailing; dead run; Port tack; poled out genoa to Starboard

13 June 2019 | 46:38N 010:47W

Ponta Delgado-St Mary's 6

Log:863 DTW 259; BTW 040deg 46deg 38'N 010deg 47'W COG: 040 SOG:6.0 Wind NW f3; baro 1017 Status: motor sailing; main/genoa/staysail

13 June 2019 | 46:34N 010:51W

Ponta Delgado-St Mary's 05

Log:859 DTW 264; BTW 040deg 46deg 34'N 010deg 51'W COG: 040 SOG:6.0 Wind NW f3; baro 1017 Status: motor sailing; main/genoa/staysail

11 June 2019 | 44:05N 014:40W

Ponta Delgado-St mary's 04

Log:6908 DTW 511; BTW 044deg 44deg 05'N 015deg 40'W COG: 075 SOG:5.3 Wind NNE f4; baro 1029 Satus: Sailing 1 reefs main /100% staysail / 100% Genoa


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
Photos of rigging failure; Lower Aft stays; Bermuda to Horta; 22/05/2019
10 Photos
Created 25 May 2019
Passage along the south coast from Gosport to Plymouth
2 Photos
Created 1 November 2018
1 Photo
Created 27 October 2018