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
21 May 2019 | 38:25N 029:20W
19 May 2019 | 38:31N 034:16W
18 May 2019 | 32:47N 063:44W
18 May 2019 | 38:31N 037:37W
17 May 2019 | 38:10N 040:49W
17 May 2019 | 37:55N 042:01W
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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
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29 April 2019 | Convict Bay, St George's Harbour, Bermuda
25 April 2019 | 31:35N 066:04W
25 April 2019 | 31:17N 066:37W
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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 | 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

West Palm Beach to Bermuda 1

18 April 2019 | 27:50 078:57
Richard Rowley
West Palm Beach to Bermuda Day 1

759Nm to go to our next waypoint just south of Bermuda and have completed 67nm

We have just completed the first day of our passage from West Palm Beach,Florida USA to Bermuda. This is the first leg of of our return journey, we are now heading back home to England via Bermuda and the Azores, A turning point in our Cerulean Atlantic Odyssey. A turning point with mixed emotions. We have had the experience of a lifetime exploring the Islands of the North Atlantic and the Caribbean and of course sailing to the USA. We have made our own discovery of the New World.

We have just crossed the Florida Straits and the Gulf Stream and are now 30 or so miles to the north of the Bahamas. Crossing the Gulf Stream is quite an experience. In the Florida Straits the Gulf Stream is 60 or so NM wide, and it runs roughly from South to North, North of us it will sweep round to the East and head up to the British Isles and Northern Europe. As we left Lake Worth Inlet at West Palm Beach we headed out into quite a chop with the swell rolling in through the narrow entrance, we where almost immediately being swept North with 3kts of current from the Gulf Stream. It had been our intention to head due East so the current didn't take us too far north, but as it happened we headed out hard onto the wind SE force 4 and could only make NE at 4-5kte through the water, with that current we were doing up to 9kt NNE, the current reaching a peak of 4.8kts in the centre of the stream. We ended up on the other side about 10nm further North than I had intended, but not to worry, as the current eases off we should get back onto my course...he said hopefully, just as I glanced at the navionics and notice that the current has picked up again from the stream running up from the Bahamas.

This passage is very different from what we have experienced so far on this adventure, since leaving the English Channel last August nearly all our passage making has been downwind, either on a broad reach or a run with sails goosed winged out on either side with the boat gently rolling from side to side. Now we are heading straight into the swell with the wind on the nose, sails pulled in tight, with the boat heeling over and crashing down on every wave. Cerulean is taking it all in her stride keeping us dry and ploughing at a steady 5-6kts, with 'Old Harry' the Hydrovane keeping us on course. with the wind from the SE force 4-5 gusting up to 26kts.

A full moon is high in the sky poking his head out from between the clouds now and then lighting our way. Other than a few local sports fishing boats when we left harbour and one other yacht heading north up the coast, we have not seen another vessel. I know they are there I can see their AIS signal on the screen a flotilla of Cruise Liners rounding the top of the Bahamas, and a few cargo vessels, but all 15-20 miles away.

Well better get back on watch...

WFayre Wynds and Kynd Seas

Richard and Alison yacht Cerulean of Penryn

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Cerulean of Penryn's Photos - Main
Passage along the south coast from Gosport to Plymouth
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Created 1 November 2018
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Created 27 October 2018