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

Ponta Delgado-St mary's 01

07 June 2019 | 38:15N 024:41W
Richard Rowley
Trip:74 Distance to Waypoint 1045; Bearing to Waypoint 042deg 38deg 15'N 024deg 41'W COG: 041 SOG:5.0 Wind N f2-3; Satus: Motor Sailing

Boat time 05:00 (UT)

Day 02 at sea

Farewell to the Azores

We are now en-passage to St Mary's in the Isles of Scilly. Sailing to the Isles of Scilly has always been another of my sailing goals, but time and weather have always thwarted my plans, but this time they are on the way, well one hopes. The wind is not looking favourable to take us there at the moment, for that matter nor is the current. The wind is coming from the North at present, it may go round a bit more to the NW may be more to the NE, but whatever it seems to be coming from the direction we want to go, and at the moment wind has dropped off to next to nothing and I have just recently resorted to the Iron Topsail again, and we may be motoring for the rest of the day. As for the current we are in the Azores Current which has a definite set to the SE of over 1kt, so without enough wind to push us through the water at a reasonable speed the current was taking us toward the Canary Islands rather than the Scilly Islands. However nice the Canaries are we would like to go home now please.

When I went on deck at 3am for my watch it was very dark, the thin cheesy crescent waning moon of earlier had long since set but up above was the white cloud of a billion tiny pin pricks of the faint stars making up the Milky Way, interspersed with the bright stars and planets...no matter how many times i see this I am still in awe of the spectacle. Off to out starboard quarter are the lights of Sao Miguel falling behind in the distance, the last vestiges of land disappearing behind us, the last land we she see for the next 10 or days.

The Azores has been a wonderful stopover. The islands are truly green and verdant with an abundance of flora and fauna. The hydrangeas and lily like flowers that grow along the roadside are quite stunning. Although the hydrangeas are non native, they do not appear to be invasive and are the plant that really defines these islands. The hillsides and plateaus are extensively, but not overly cultivated with small fields of crops each field separated by a drystone wall and the roads wind they their way through the hedgerows sometimes cut into embankments, sometimes you are taken back to driving through the lanes of Cornwall or the hillsides of Wales. We have seen many cattle farms and far more cows than any of the other 50+ islands we have visited so far. All the farming seems to be carried out in a sustainable way. Of course the reasons why their is so much farming is the rich volcanic soil and the climate, they do get plenty of rain and moisture from the clouds and mist that consumes the mountains and north coasts, but they also get plenty of sunshine to and it can get quite warm during the day, but also quite cold at night, yes, we know we back in Europe and coming home, oh and there is an abundance of interesting wild song birds, and I guess many migratory birds.

The people of the Azores are one of the nicest and friendliest communities you would ever wish to meet. Shopping in the farmers market was a delight, I do not speak a word of Portuguese, and many the stall holders much English, but it does not matter, one always can get by here. The market is a colourful array of locally grown fruit and veg with great big red tomatoes, pineapples, strawberries, potatoes, nectarines...you name it they have it. The fresh meat of is of excellent quality. Now what are all the cows for, we could not get any fresh milk anyhwere...cheeses, Azorian cheese, many different varieties, soft, hard, crumbly, strong and mild...and all very tasty. The farmers market, as with the supermarkets represented excellent value for money with prices a fraction of any of the islands we have been to and far cheaper than at home...and all served to you with a smile, what more could one ask for. Of course of the early immigrant settlers where Flemish farmers escaping wars and persecution in Flanders back in the 1400's

One of the many delights of Sao Migual, that I do not think you will find on any other Atlantic island or even Atlantic mainland country is the Tea Plantation, this is a must to go and visit and sample the delicious Orange Pekoe tea...mmmm...on of the best teas I have tasted. The plantation and tea factory is open to the public, you can walk around a working tea factory and sea how it is made still using the original British made machinery, and the landscape of the tea bushes growing up the hillsides is quite something to behold.

Of course these volcanic islands are stunning and landscape is adorned with waterfalls and thermal springs, mountain lakes in the calderas. The Azores are one of the few groups of volcanic islands we have visited where they really make use of the geo-thermic and hydroelectric power, making the islands virtually self sufficient for renewable electricity. Not only that they cook their dinner using the geo-thermic heat, placing the stew in a pot and lowering down specially constructed shafts into the ground in the morning and taking out 6hrs later fully cooked.

The Azorian as with the other Portuguese obviously have a natural and in-born talent for art and design, this is evident in the unique architecture. The pavements, like other Portuguese territories are cobbled with black volcanic basalt cobbles and patterned into wonderful designs with white marble cobbles. Again in common with other Portuguese territories wall art or graffiti which is celebrated and of exceptional quality, although not as much here and more restrained than that in Porto.

The modern architecture is quite exciting, bold and unique, well almost unique, I found similarities with some of the exciting bold architecture in Santa Cruz in Tenerife in the Canary Islands, what I call MId-Atlantic Architecture.

It is now 6:15am and the sun has poked his head up to say hello with a bold display of orange and yellow, Alison is up to take over the watch. It is time I went to bed. With Alison's brother Richard S on board there are 3 three of us to share the watches, so we are doing 3 hours on and 6 hours off, hopefully that will be less tiring than the 4 on and 4 off me and Alsion was doing with just the two of us.

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
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Created 25 May 2019
Passage along the south coast from Gosport to Plymouth
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Created 1 November 2018
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Created 27 October 2018