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 7

25 April 2019 | 31:17N 066:37W
Richard Rowley

788 down 155 to go

After our storm of a couple of days ago with Gale force 8 winds we are now becalmed and have been for the past 22hrs, and according to the forecast will be until we arrive in Bermuda. The wind has dropped to force 1-2, it has just gone round to NNW from NNE but still only 5kts or so, a gentle breeze, that may push us along at 1kt if we are lucky...so the 'iron topsail' it is. The iron topsail is our Perkins M90 80hp engine, its noisy and smelly and drinks diesel and oil with gay abandonment. Its not that bad really but it is a bit tedious after a couple of hours and even more so after a couple days, but at least we are making headway towards our destination.

We have been motor sailing until a few hours ago, be then the sails just started flopping about, so we dropped the yankee and furled the staysail and sheeted the mainsail in hard to stop it flopping around. The swell has reduced from three metres down to perhaps a metre and a half and we just have a gentle roll...and with just the sound of the sea swishing passed us, the hum of the engine, actually you block out the noise of the engine, its nice when its not there, you get used to it. Our aft cabin is over the stern tube and the propeller and I think that makes more noise than the engine, which is located under the saloon floor. I suspect that the cutlass bearing could do with replacing by now. We have taken to sleeping in the lateral cabin away from the engine and the stern gear for a quieter sleep when off watch.

There is just the two of us on board, and we a taking 4 hour watches each through out the day and night. Some people ask 'what do you do a night, stop the boat and go to bed' well no, we continue on 24/7 day in day out. taking it in turns to 'keep watch' and look after the boat. 4 hours on 4 hours off, that means in a 24 hour period you 'work' for 12 hours and rest for 12 hours, well that's the idea, and it works pretty well. The night watches do tend to be most difficult to stay awake for, but after a few days you get used to it. It is important to make sure you get your head down when you are off watch during the day so you do not get over tired at night. It is important when you are on watch to keep your mind occupied, by writing a blog, navigation, reading a book or taking the dog for a walk, perhaps a bit of gardening. There is always something to be done, cleaning, cooking, washing, fixing things, and sometimes I get me fiddle out and play a tune. I have given up on fishing. ohh, that reminds me we have managed to catch some flying fish again, we get about one a day landing on the deck. Talking of wildlife we have not seen any dolphins or whales on this passage or many sea birds, but yesterday morning at least 300 miles from anywhere we were joined for a while by three 'man o war birds' the white ones with the long tail feathers. Anyway, back to watch keeping. During the day we to spend a couple of hours up and about together, during the day when off watch I try to sleep for 2 of the 4hrs and am up and about for the other two hours doing things, we do always try and eat breakfast, lunch and supper together. It does take a few days to get into the swing of things, the first couple of nights you think, 'how many more nights have I got to put up with this, but then you forget about it, night turns into day and day turns into night, ad infinitum, and you forget how many days you have been at sea and do not really care how many more days it will take to arrive somewhere you just get up one morning and there be 'land ho'

It is a perfectly clear sky tonight as I sit up on deck writing to you. There is no moon at the moment but i can see a sky full of stars, its 11:00pm here the moon will rise to the east in an hour or so and the sun will start to show it arrival with its warm glow about 5:30am and poke its head up above the horizon an hour later. It is sooo dark I can't see where the sea ends and the sky begins. I see what I think to be lights of a ship on the horizon, then a few minutes later I realise its a star low in the sky.

Its nearly midnight now, and Alison has just crawled out of her bunk to take her watch, its time I went down below for a kip myself, but I will be back in 4 hours.

The Echomax active radar alarm has just started beeping there must be another vessel out there somewhere, perhaps it is a ship and not a star after all, nothing showing up on AIS or the radar screen as yet. The Echomax will detect another radar up to about 30-40 miles away, our radar scanner will not pick it up until 5-10miles, the AIS may be 20 miles.

Goodnight all

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
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Created 27 October 2018