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 08

14 May 2019 | 35:03N 050:29W
Richard Rowley
Trip:786 Distance to Waypoint 1088; Bearing to Waypoint 072deg 35deg 03'.052N 050deg 29'.031W COG: 090 SOG:6.5 Wind SW f4

Boat time 05:43 (UT-3)

Windy nights

Its dawn here the sun has just risen.

We are steadily making progress eastwards. The wind is variable in direction and speed, nominally SW force 4, but gusting up to force 5 occasionally force 6 a 'strong breeze' from SW to WSW Wave height varying from 2-3m slight to moderate;

This all makes it difficult to maintain our course which is nominally NE, on a run with the headsail poled out to windward we are a bit too high, and on a broad reach we are a bit too low. so have been alternating between the two. If you have been following our course on the map it probably looks a wibbly wobbly, which is how I feel at the moment.

It was quite bumpy overnight on Alison's watch Midnight til 04:00 with winds gusting up to 28kts and heavy sea running, it has calmed down a bit now. We are now heading 087 deg, due east for a while on a broad reach, this is to keep us just below a line of fronts that are passing through to the north of us. We are heading for a noon (UT) waypoint at 35deg 05'N and 049deg 30'W its about 46nm from us bearing 087deg then we have anither for the next day 120nm to the NE of that position to take us above the high forming to the south.

I think e=we are on day 8 now, and expect to arrive Horta somewhere between the 20th and 23rd May.

Routine normal 4 hours on 4 hours off.

At supper time we spend sometime together for supper and watch a movie, Mumma Mia the other night and Harry Potter last night, these movies because, Mumma Mia was the quiz round from Emotion to us yesterday at noon and today we challenge the children on Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone. Its a bit of fun, gives us all something to focus on and look forward to.

We are keeping up with Emotion, just about, they slow down now and then for us too catch up, and visa versa, it is difficult to match speed and course, we can not always see them by eye, as they are often just over the horizon which is about 2.5miles, sometimes we loose their AIS signal may be over 5 miles as well, but VHF range is probably 25 miles.

There is not much other traffic about a ship passed 2 miles behind us yesterday, the first one I have seen for days.

We would be quite alone out here 800miles from anywhere if it were not for SY Emotion, it is nice sail in company with a yacht of a similar speed. We can discuss the weather,as us British like to do, and all yachtsmen do as a necessity. and we compare weather forecast and the grib files we download via the sat phone or SSB Modem. Alison's brother Richard, the Admiral, sends us a weather forecast once a day with some routing advice, and SY Emotion has a weather router as well. Grib files are small data files we can download via sat phone or SSB which have a map indicating wind speed and direction along our route with this we can plan our route to make the best of the weather and keep out of the worst of it. So far it is working very well and the different forecasts, in general concur with each other, or there abouts, which is good and reassuring

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