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 03

10 June 2019 | 42:51N 018:48W
Richard Rowley
Log:453 DTW 661; BTW 046deg 42deg 51'N 018deg 48'W COG: 031 SOG:6.0 Wind NW f4-5; 10026 Satus: Sailing 2 reefs main / 66% staysail / 25% Genoa

Boat time 07:00 (UT)

Day 05 at sea

All at sea today

Sea gunmetal Sky dirty white cold and damp Wind howling halyards frapping plates rattling kettle whistling sea swishing by waves crashing boat creaking our symphony of the sea.

Not to mention the water dripping down my neck as I sit at the nav table writing to you...where is that blasted leak coming from.

Made good progress yesterday despite motor-sailing from 09:00-12:00 due to light tail wind, then the wind picked up and veered to the SW, we were on a dead run until 18:00 full genoa goosewinged out on the pole and the main tied back on the preventer, making a good 6-7kts. By early evening the wind had come back round to the W, and we were back onto a broad reach with 50% genoa and two reefs in the main, by morning where are on a beam reach. Having looked at the weather decided to head a bit further to the north to hopefully pass above a deep low coming in a couple of days time, bringing gale force 8-9 winds, don't fancy getting caught up in that. Now heading to windward, we have 60% staysail, 25% genoa and two reefs in the main, making 031deg(T) True wind direction 310deg 15-20kts we are making about 6kts a little bit of current under us giving us a lift.

No stars or moon to look at last night to while away the hours, it has been a bit drizzly and damp over night, thick cloud from horizon to horizon, visibility down to less than 2nm for much of the time, now about 5nm. The odd ship passing by way off out of site, a few Spanish fishing boats lurking around, changing direction and speed now and then, sometimes heading for us and sometimes not. A few yachts have passed us by going in the opposite direction, stragglers on the Azores and Back (AZAB) yacht race, Alison spoke to one on the VHF to pass the time of day, Nutmeg out of Hailing island.

With three of us on board for this passage life is a bit easier, we get more of a rest between watches 4hrs on 8hrs off during the day between 6am and 6pm, 3hrs on and 3hrs off during the night between 6pm and 6am. It gets dark about 9pm and light about 6am. Despite the banging and crashing and getting soaked every now and then when you are in the cockpit, down below snug in your bunk, sometimes the boat doesn't seem to be moving at all, I wake up sometimes and think we a lying at anchor in a sheltered bay, then crash, the boat lurches and I am thrown from one side of the bunk to the other, then back to sleep again...someone will call me if they need me.

I have just finished the 3am to 6am watch, sort of saw the sunrise, there was a glow of orange and yellow on the horizon off to the starboard bow, for a few minutes...before it was consumed by the cloud again.

I feel my bunk calling me, time for a sleep.

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