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

West Palm Beach to Bermuda 4

21 April 2019 | 29:27N 073:13W
Richard Rowley
Happy Easter everybody

We celebrated with a fried egg, bacon followed by chocolate brownie...

Well the weather has settled down nicely and we are managing some nice sailing and being able to dry the boat and our clothes out a bit, there is even some blue sky behind us trying to catch us up.

I noticed the engine bilge looking a bit full of oily water and assumed I had a fuel leak and checked the tank and thought it was 100lts less than it should have been. Only place I could see that was leaking was the seals around the engine fuel filter. I changed the filter and seals, hopefully tat may have solved, also re-done my maths on fuel usage and only 57ltrs missing, this could be i did not fill it right up and combination of loosing a bit, monitoring the situation. One reason for the bilge being full is that we did take on board a lot of water either through breaking waves or rain water and that would have run down to that bilge. The bilge under the stern gland was full the other day, my fear was that the lip seal had gone, but that, thankfully seams ok, I think the water had come in through the cockpit lockers and drained down to there and the lumber hole from that compartment to the main compartment was blocked, once i cleared that it drained away, I can not be 100% sure it is not leaking, don't want to get too close when it is turning, seems to be dry when it is not turning.

Whilst I was bleeding the engine after changing the fuel filter, I noticed a spark from one of the wires from the loom that runs under the filter from the Starter Motor Relay, the wire continued smouldering once the ignition was off. I removed the insulation tape wrapping and found that one of the wires had its insulation melted through, I managed to replace a section of this wire and all seems good now. I suspect that it was this wire that gave me the starter motor problem when we was back in Dartmouth, the engineer there said that one of the wires has probably lost a bit of its resistance, and he changed the relay from 40amp to 100amp and that sorted the immediate problem, I asked if we should find the dodgy wire and replace it, 'na it will be fine' well it could have a) caused a serious fire, and b) at least failed and caused us to burn out another starter motor and blow up the engine batteries again as well as the battery switch. so quite relieved to have spotted this and dealt with it before it became a problem....even if there was not a serious fuel leak...also found and fixed a minor oil leak. There has been some oil in the bilge for ages, just difficult to get out, but may be all the agitation with the stormy weather and water leaking in stirred things up a bit

After motoring for a while in light winds, we are now sailing at 6-7kts making 070deg with wind just forward of the beam TWS 15kts TWD 200deg, just under genoa and staysail and Old Harry at the helm. I must say that I thought we would struggle without the main, but we seem to be coping quite well. I thought it might be difficult to balance the boat for Old Harry to steer by with out the main but it all seems to work rather well. If we can we might tackle the main sail repair if we get some flat calm, do not want to take the whole sail off if we can avoid it.

It looks like we should have a nice 10-15kts for the next few days to till the end of this particular passage, unfortunately some of it will be coming straight from the NE when we want to go...

We have noticed it certainly getting colder, we have our jumpers, long trousers and thick socks out out, its quite a shock, but today is quite nice.

Fayre Wynds and Kynd Seas

Richard and Alison yacht Cerulean of Penryn

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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