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 8

25 April 2019 | 31:35N 066:04W
Richard Rowley
Dawns rosey fingered glow

818 down 83 to go

Hi its me again, 4 hours or so later, I have had a kip and now back on watch. When I got up the wind had increased a bit, and we needed to slow down a bit, as we do not want to arrive at Bermuda in the dark, so I thought we could sail, we hoisted the yankee back up, and with the wind backing round further to the west we are now on a nice beam reach, for a while a big black menacing cloud raised the wind speed to 13-14kts and we were creaming along for awhile at 6.5kts, the cloud now passed we are now back to a wind speed of 10-11kts and boat speed of 4.9kts. We are only 80 or so nautical miles from the entrance to St Georges Harbour,Bermuda with an ETA at our current speed sometime in the wee hours of tomorrow morning, if we had continued motoring at 5kts we would have arrived sometime in the dark before midnight which we don't want to do for various reasons.

The main reason for writing to you again is to tell you about this mornings dawn. Obviously when sailing in the ocean day after day we see lots of sunsets and sunrises, some are spectacular and others are not, or even non existent hidden completely by cloud, others just another like the one before. What make a sunrise or sunset spectacular for me the is the cloud, if there is some clouds but not thick layers of stratus. When I got up for this watch at 4am (local time we are GMT -4) it was still dark, but the moon had risen since I had been down below, casting a rippling silver streak across the sea towards us, just a few clouds had appeared in the sky not much still plenty of stars to sea. Once i had got the sails set and settled myself down cozily in the cockpit the pre-dawn loom of light started to appear over the horizon in front of us, 'civil twilight' as it is called for navigation purposes, the time when there is enough light to use a sextant and still see celestial bodies from which you take readings of. This for me is the magical time, not the actual sunrise. This morning there is a bit of cloud ahead of us. There was a band of clear sky just above the sea and below a broken layer of clouds with fluffy cumulus clouds here and there poking out the top, the colour of this band of sky is a rich blood red orange bounded below by the inky black sea and above by this band of gunmetal grey clouds and above these clouds the clear sky changed to a amber orange for a bit then the sky graduated with different hues of dark turquoise almost green, through to past shades of blue, with the odd fluffy white fair weather cloud dotted around then above that blending into the darker blue of the night sky between us and the breaking of daylight there was some thick heavy black clouds, as i look up in the sky over the starboard side to the south up in the sky the moon is still there partially hidden behind some cloud creating a halo of different colours on a rich dark navy blue background...that's the reason we do this...last nights sunset was equally spectacular off behind us as we watched it with a sundowner of tonic water (no gin whilst we are sailing) the band of orange just above the horizon with the big golden orbe about to set above the sky pastel shades of blue with patches of small cotton bud patches to cloud, it didn't look real it looked like a child's picture of what a seaside sunset is supposed to be...but it was real it was there.

Well it is a delightful morning with the sun now rapidly climbing high into the sky and we are sailing along at a pleasant speed in a gentle swell, no noise except the the swish of water from our wake, the occasional flap of sail in the gentle breeze and the gentle hum form the wind generator...just magic

It is time like this that reminds me how lucky we are to be doing this and to share it with you.

ohh and by the way, the beep from the radar alarm turned out to be two ships one passing either side of us each going in the opposite direction to each other. That reminds me my brother sent me a message yesterday to say that my position had been the same on the past two blogs, 'had i anchored in 5000m of water' well obviously not we only have 60m of chain, i manually input our position into the blog site and sometimes i fotget, but having said that a tanker passed with in 2miles of us yesterday doing abut 11kts and when it got behind us it turned up into wind and stopped, just doing 0.2 of a knot or so, and remained in there about the same position until the AIS signal slipped off the bottom of the screen. I assume not anchored in 5000m of water either, but obviously in no hurry to get to anywhere in particular and awaiting orders, saving fuel and mooring charges, clam sea in the middle of nowhere and not much other shipping to worry about and a nice bit of sunshine.

Time I had a cup of coffee and a peanut butter and marmite sandwich...mmm

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