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 | 14:50 045:48
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
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