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
19 May 2019 | 38:31N 034:16W
18 May 2019 | 32:47N 063:44W
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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 | 32:29N 062:45W
29 April 2019 | Convict Bay, St George's Harbour, Bermuda
25 April 2019 | 31:35N 066:04W
25 April 2019 | 31:17N 066:37W
23 April 2019 | 30:08N 070:59W
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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 | 32:47N 063:44W

Bermuda-Horta 01

47.6nm down 1735 to go

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

15 May 2019 | 37:49N 042:58W

Bermuda-Horta 12

Trip:1148 Distance to Waypoint 677; Bearing to Waypoint 081deg 37deg 49'N 042deg 58'W COG: 075 SOG:6.7 Wind SSW f4-5


29 November 2018 | 14:50 045:48
Richard Rowley
Distance to go 878Nm, Distance Sailed 1279Nm

There is something special about doing the night watch especially this one 9pm to midnight (GMT-2) it's 10.00pm where I am at the moment in the middle of the Atlantic ocean sailing along the 15 deg North, and 46 deg West, we are heading due west along the 15th parallel. Its midnight back at home in the Uk.

I have the boat to myself, everyone else is asleep. it's quiet down below, just the creaking and groaning of the boat, and chinking of the cuttlery in the draw, in the cockpit the arythmic roar of the bow wave as it cuts through a wave and a constant gentle swish from the stern wave. occasionally Cerulean feels almost motionless, but still racing through the water at 6kts, at one with the sea, then the odd wave will catch us on the starboard quarter and roll us from side to side enough to make need to hold on, but generally we just gently lolling from side to side as we eat our way through the miles towards our destination, St Lucia. Sometimes there is a squeek or a whistle others a swquark and a crash others a boom as the foresail backs and fills as we go over a wave...nothing to worry just all part of our daily soundscape

I lay in the cockpit looking up at the stars, almost, but not quite a clear night, the odd wisp of cloud, the moon not risen yet means that we can see all the stars and celestial bodies clearly and without any light pollution...an astronomers dream...if only the boat will stay still long enough to look at them through the binoculars...

looking out across the stern directly east Betelguese shines brightly on Orion's right shoulder and above it Belatrix on his left shoulder, the three stars that make up his belt clearly visible slightly to the south on Orion's right. directly above us is Uranus, I look out to port and there directly to the north glowing faintly just above the horizon on the tip of little bear's tail is Polaris, Thats just a few of the million stars I can see tonight. I should be able to see Mars and Neptune on top of each other, but there is a bit of cloud in front of us where they should be...and our sails.

Up above us gently rocking from side to side is our own star, our masthead tri-colour navigation light painting squiggly lines in the sky, shining red, green and white so that other vessels, if they are around can see us and know which way we are going

I cannot see another yacht or ship around us, not by eye or with our electronic gizmos, but i know they are there just over our visible horizon, occasional noise and chatter on the VHF, more on on the Short Wave Radio when we have out radio net. I know they are they are out there. we are not alone as it feels.

It is an awesome feeling to be far from land a 1000 miles from anywhere for such a long time we have been as sea for just over a week now and it will be another 6 or 7 days before we are on land again.

Hope you don't mind me babbling on, but its nice to talk to you guys.

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