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

Bermuda-Horta 01

08 May 2019 | 32:47N 063:44W
Richard Rowley
47.6nm down 1735 to go

Tuesday 7th May 2019 (local time) Farewell to Bermuda

We have managed to release ourselves from the enticing lure of Burmuda.

We left about noon local time and have been underway for about 9hrs now. and are making progress towards the Port of Horta on the East side of the Island of Faial in the Azores.

The wind has settled down to a steady from a force 5 down to NNNW force 4, 10-15kts and pushing us through the water at 4.5 to 5.5kts on a beam reach. We have just ashty of a knot of fair current under our keel, giving us a speed over ground (SOG) of 5-6kts. We are expecting the wind to diminish a bit move round to the North East by morning, than back again to the NW and probably increase a bit.

We currently have 1 reef in the main, full genoa and staysail. The true wind direction is just abaft the beam but the apparent wind is just forward of the beam enabling us to set the staysail.

The sun set here an hour ago just after 8pm, we have slither crescent relaxing on his back, and a few starts and planets visible in the clear sky above us. There cumulus clouds encircling our path of dark dark blue clear sky, some the clouds starting to form small anvil shapes.

Of to our starboard bow, 2 1/2 miles away I can see dipping below the swell the white stern light of S/Y Emotion our Norwegian friends who are traveling in company with at the moment. I suspect that by morning we will have lost sight of them as they slowly pull away from us, certainly as a lighter more modern boat they will have the advantage as the wind diminishes. We shall try to maintain VHF radio contact with them checking once or twice a day. It is nice to to have the company of another yacht. We first met S/Y Emotion in Figuira De Foz in Portugal whilst we were both making our passage down to Las Palmas for the ARC+, and here we 7 months and 9000nm later sailing ion company with them again as we both venture home.

Bermuda is a fair and pleasant an archipelago of Islands as you ever wish to venture to. It has a lovely climate, and a certain uniqueness that puts it into a class of its own. The islands are very 'British' but in as nice relaxed kind of way. The islanders are casual in a smart kind of way, the islands themselves are neat and ordered but not too fussy nor too relaxed The buildings and house all very neat and well maintained all designed and constructed within the strict purposeful codes of Bermudian Architecture, many dating back 100 years or more, may 200 years, there are few storm damaged house and buildings like we have seen the Caribbean islands, may be these islands have not been so ravaged in the recent past by severe hurricanes, but I know for sure that they get there share of gales and storm force winds. The light in these islands is quite something to behold, the shallow waters that are all around these islands enable the suns rays to reflect the sandy sea bed making the sea many shades of turquoise, pastel shades of blues and greens, which are reflected on to the underside of the white fluffy fair weather clouds above and the cloud street that runs the axis of the islands, together with the sunlight reflecting off the brilliant white of the limewashed stone roofs and the pastel colours of the rendered walls to the houses. it perhaps this light that has inspired so many Bermudian artists to create some of the best art i have seen anywhere. If I had to make my home on any one of the 50 or so islands we have visited so far on this Odyssey I suspect this might be the one. No wonder the early British Settlers wanted to make their home.

'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