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 15

18 May 2019 | 38:31N 037:37W
Richard Rowley
Trip:1379 Distance to Waypoint 423; Bearing to Waypoint 087deg 38deg 31'N 037deg 37'W COG: 092 SOG:7.6 Wind SSW f4-5

Boat time 14:00 (UT-3)

Stormy weather ahead!

We have done well on this passage so far to avoid any adverse weather, we have managed to keep a nice following wind throughout the passage thus far, sailing the fine line between the bottom of the fronts passing to the north of us and the area of high pressure and light winds to the south of us. This has had the added bonus that with the high to the south of us and that being the direction the swell is coming from the sea has been relatively calm, thus with the fair wind we have been making good speed through the water. On top of that the current has definitely been in our favour constantly over the past 24hrs. Over the past day noon to noon, we have done 140NM through the water averaging 5.83knts, but we have progressed towards our waypoint 160nm over ground, our speed over ground averaging 6.66kts...on average we have benefited from 0.833kts of current, which is handy, giving us an extra 20nm per day free. At the moment the current is varying in direction from NE to SE anywhere between 0.5kts up to 2.0kts. earlier on the passage sometimes is was with us and other times against us, but all in all giving us a net gain, with a strong NE flow and weaker NW flows or even SW flow, but for now definitely in our favour :) But all is not good in the forecast for our last 24 hours at sea on this passage with two fronts coming through Monday night through to Tuesday morning bringing rain and strong winds with gusts up to 35-40kts with a nominal wind speed of 25kts. Much as we encountered early on on a our passage to Bermuda a few weeks ago.

We shall reduce to three reefs and hoist the storm jib, we already have the secondary forestay in place for the Yankee jib we are using. We can use the stay sail to adjust speed.

Our route eta is hovering around late afternoon Monday 20/05 to before noon Tuesday 21/05. We are certainly getting a good and consistent wind at the moment SW f4-5 which is pushing us along at 6.5kts and current giving us a lift on average of 1kt to NE to SE. It looks as though the harbour at Horta is safely accessible in all weather and looks as though we should get shelter from the sea and hopefully from the wind once inside.

We had been getting a few flying fish leaping on board earlier on board when the sea temperature was higher but since it has dropped to below 22 degrees C, now at 20 degrees C, we have not had any for a couple of days now, but, a wave had managed to deposit a squid on to the side deck yesterday, which I am sure that brother Damon would have told me to use as a lure, so I did...but still did not manage to catch anything. The squid has now gone and now my hook is caught up on the safety lanyard that is tied to the Hydrovane rudder...where it shall stay for the remainder of this passage. Other than that not a lot of wildlife, a pod of 4 or 5 dolphins swam with us for a while yesterday morning and last night in the darkness just before dawn a bird was hovering around, I think he wanted land on the bimini top, but the wind generator was putting him off. I could not make it out properly and assume it have been a seabird but it did not look the right shape in the darkness, more like a pigeon, that had perhaps lost its way or a migrant on transit from somewhere to somewhere else.

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