Yacht Cerulean Atlantic Adventure

Vessel Name: Cerulean of Penryn
Vessel Make/Model: Seastream43
Hailing Port: Gosport
Crew: Richard & Alison Rowley
About:
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
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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
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19 May 2019 | 38:31N 034:16W
18 May 2019 | 38:31N 037:37W
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17 May 2019 | 37:55N 042:01W
15 May 2019 | 37:49N 042:58W
15 May 2019 | 36:26N 046:39W
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14 May 2019 | 35:39N 048:42W
14 May 2019 | 35:03N 050:29W
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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

10 June 2019 | 42:51N 018:48W

Ponta Delgado-St mary's 03

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

Bishops Rock

17 June 2019
Richard Rowley
Passage from the Azores to the Scilly Isles

Our year-long 12,000 nautical mile Atlantic Odyssey is almost over. We have now crossed back over the Atlantic Ocean into the English Channel and are currently rolling on a mooring buoy at St Mary's Pool, which is the harbour at Hugh Town on the Island of St. Mary's in the Isles of Scilly, some 25 nautical miles south west of the UK mainland.

We have completed our last ocean passage which brought us the 1123 nautical miles from the Azores. The passage took 9 days 7 hours and 45 minutes at an average 5.02 knots.

It had been the most challenging passage of our entire voyage so far. We had a series lows passing over bringing a series of fronts and with them lots of inclement weather, strong winds and rain but fortunately nothing too horrendous. Between the weather systems we would have lulls for short periods where the wind would drop off and we resorted to motor sailing to keep the pace up. We had head winds for over two thirds of the passage with northerly winds, from north east round to north west predominately force 4 to 5 but up to force 7 at times. For much of the time we were under thick cloud with some rain and patches of poor visibility. The sea state being moderate for the most but occasionally rough.

We really only picked up the favourable northerly easterly North Atlantic current during the last few days, for much of the passage we were in the southerly Azores and Portuguese Currents with nearly a knot of tide against us.

We were pleased to have Alison's brother Richard join us for this passage. Having an extra experienced crew member made sailing life a lot easier for us, as were all able to get more sleep. With 3 hours on and 6 hours off over night and 4 hours on and 8 hours off during the day.

One thing that really struck us was how cold it got so quickly after spending five months in Caribbean temperatures. For our watches we donned full 'wets' over a couple of jumpers, two pairs of socks, beanie hat and gloves. Often the odd rouge wave would throw buckets of cold icy water over the boat usually hitting whomever was at the helm.

Fortunately we did not have to spend much time at the helm as 'Old Harry' the wind vane steering done a splendid job in skilfully steering the boat nearly all the way only resorting to the autopilot when motor-sailing.

We did not see flying fish on this passage, I think they prefer the warmer waters further south, nor did we have any squid washed on the deck. A few days into the passage we stopped seeing the armada of Portuguese Man o War floating by making their way purposefully to the west. We were accompanied for the first few days by the Petrels. These sea pelagic seabirds soaring around us and skimming along just above the waves sometimes with their wingtips touching the surface. Then the ocean seemed to be devoid of wildlife for a few days, but once we were approaching the continental shelf where the English Channel meets the Atlantic Ocean the seabirds came back we had a profusion of Gannets flying around us and dolphins swimming with us, along with a flotilla of fishing vessels, we were now back in fertile waters.
Our final day at sea was blue sky with patches of cloud. Bishops Rock Lighthouse was a welcome sight and marked the entrance to Broad Sound, the safe passage from the west through these notorious treacherous rocky archipelago to the safety of St. Mary's Pool, were we were relieved to have picked up a mooring buoy and we look forward to having a drink and good nights sleep.

Ponta Delgado-Bishops Rock 07

14 June 2019 | 47:45N 009:10W
Richard Rowley
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

Boat time 12:00 (UT)

We'll rant and we'll roar like true British Sailors All o'er the salt sea for we've soundings in the Channel of ol' England From Ushant to Scilly It's forty five leagues

Well not quite got sounding in the Channel of ol' England yet, but just 20 odd Nautical Miles from the edge of the continental shelf and thus leaving the Atlantic Ocean and entering the English Channel at 'Litte Sole Bank, and thus into sea area 'Sole' as we leave sea area 'Fitzroy' (formerly known as Finisterre) if you listen to the BBC 'Shipping Forecast' you will be familiar to to these names, but may not know where they actually are, well the I can tell you Little Sole Bank is about 160NM SW of Land's End. We have just crossed the 4000m contour 20NM back and nearly on the 3000m contour, then a another 20NM and then sea will shelve from 3000m to 200m over a distance of 20nm which is quite a step shelf, (have to be careful that things don't fall of it's that steep, who built a shelf like that, Slarty Bartfast know doubt). Fortunately the wind has died down to a SW f4 this morning and the sea state is 'slight', thus it hopefully will not be too rough as we cross the shelf into shallower water, I've heard tell that in these parts that in a gale the seas can be quite steep here as the North Atlantic swell breaks over the shelving sea bed.

We actually have blue sky at the moment probably 3/8ths cloud cover, and the temperature has risen from 16 to 18 deg C, oilskins off and hanging in the locker, just one pair of socks on and no jumper...almost but not quite like sailing in the Caribbean . Earlier this morning we had a nominal NW force 3 but gusting up to force 5-6 in the many rain squalls that past through. The wind has now gone round to the southwest force 4 10-12 Knots of wind, we have poled out the genoa and are on a 'run' with a fayre wynd and a kynd sea...back to this old 'trade wind' sailing again.

The wind has now picked up to 12-15kts and we are rolling like from side to side...proper trade wind sailing, stuff flying around everywhere. Suppose I better get back on deck

Bye for now.

Richard, Alison and Richard S yacht Cerulean of Penryn

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Ponta Delgado-St Mary's 6

13 June 2019 | 46:38N 010:47W
Richard Rowley
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

Boat time 18:00 (UT)

The Bateau Cerulean Cookbook 3

CornedBeefHashTag

Alison said ' do you know what? I could really do with some corned beef right now, who's turn it is to get lunch' now that is not a craving you here of every day, life on an ocean wave must be getting to her after 8 days at sea I thought. Not fancying a corned beef sandwich I volunteered 'it must be my turn'.

Now CornedBeefHashTag, is a unique recipe of mine, and contains a rather special ingredient which is not readily available 300 nautical miles from the nearest internet connection, and that is where I need your help, that special ingredient is #cornedbeefhashtag, i need all of you to share this recipe with #cornedbeefHashTag on as much social media as you can.

Not having a clue on how to make corned beef hash, i thought about what I would like in it...but it had to contain Corned Beef and of course can only contain whatever ingredients we have on board including whatever fresh vegetables we might have at the moment after 8 days at sea. Why she wanted tinned corned beef out of the emergency supplies whilst we still have fresh vacuum packed meat on board I do not dare to ask, however I rummaged through the myriad of provision lockers scattered around the boat until a found one of those rectangular truncated pyramid type tins with the little key on it. It was in a dry locker so still had a label on it.

Preparation: 1) put kettle on and make cup of tea (if moored up or at home this can be substituted by a) a can of beer or b) glass of red wine 2) Search lockers for tin of corned beef, it will be funny shaped tin with a key thing on it. (tin may be rusty if in bilge, remember if it is circular and looks like a truncated dome it is a Fray Bentos 3) Look around other hiding spots for fresh veg; 4) look around for anything else that you might be able to chuck in to make it interesting.

For best results to be made with the galley at mean angle of 22.5 degrees from horizontal but rolling 20deg from side to side whilst slamming into a heavy sea

enough for 4 for lunch or 2 for dinner but just add more veg to fill it out if you need more... Ingredients 1 x tin of corned beef 1 x handful of potatoes cut into large chunks 1 x onion roughly chopped 3 x cloves of garlic chopped and crushed with back of knife 2 x slice from a halved cabbage roughly chopped (2 large handfuls) 2 x tomatoes chopped, (use up the mangy looking ones) 0.5 x teaspoon of Easy Chilli 1 generous squirt of tomato puree 1 x handful of chopped fresh basil 1 large splash of olive oil we find that potatoes if kept in the dark keep for a long time on the boat (i am the same) , as do onions. Cabbage keeps well in the fruit net hanging in the saloon, we keep tomatoes in the fridge.

Method

1) put pan on an boil some water to par boil the potatoes
2) peel potatoes and cut into small chunks 3) peel and roughly chop onion, (watch fingers as boat slams)
3) open tin of corned beef, (swear as little tag break off because you have tuned it the wrong way) cut into chunks
4) Get your boaties frying pan out of the locker above the stove without everything falling out on you head, stove, galley sole etc.
5) Now that the pan of water has come to the boil chuck potatoes in and par boil until soft (small chunks cook quicker) 5-10 minutes
6) heat some oil in the pan (used engine oil is not advisable, I use olive oil...something to do with virgins...)
7) fry off onions in pan, add corned beef chunks and fry a little
8) add the par boiled potatoes, might need to add some more oil.
9) add garlic and cabbage 9) season with the easy chilli, salt and pepper and tomato puree mix up gently
10) after a while chuck in the tomatoes and mix gently
11) put lid on boaties frying pan, turn heat down and let it all cooked together for a while with the lid on, lift lid occasionally and gently stir it around
12) finish mug of tea
13) add chopped basil just near the end and cook for a minute longer
14) serve in a bowl garnished with facebook, instagram and twitter for best results

Tasted fantastic...best thing to do with corned beef...mmmm

remember #cornedbeefhashtag

tune in next time Cerulean bilge soup

Richard and Alison yacht Cerulean of Penryn

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Ponta Delgado-St Mary's 05

13 June 2019 | 46:34N 010:51W
Richard Rowley
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

Boat time 17:00 (UT)

Day 08 at sea

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover. (Mark Twain)

I came across the above quote by Mark Twain the other day, and it about sums up why I wanted to cast off our bowlines in search of the trade winds at this juncture our life. Well I did it because I could, 5 years from now, 20 years from now I might not be able to. The notion of making this voyage had been eating away at my life and sanity for years, causing anxiety, stress and worst of all depression, the fear that I would never achieve this goal, this, the one thing I wanted to do and make my life complete was eating away at me like a neurosis, a cancer, it was making me ill. If I didn't do this I would think of my life as being a waste of time and thus I would be a failure. I never thought that at the tender age of 12 that dreaming of sailing across the Atlantic to a real paradise island in the Caribbean would be such a big deal and play such an important part of my life. I worked very hard to be able to achieve it, I climbed mountains to achieve it. No longer will I be saying 'one day I shall sail across the Atlantic', but I shall be telling people about 'when I crossed the Atlantic'.

For me, making this voyage was not about having a year long holiday in the sun, it's was not even because I like sailing. Sailing is not a passion on mine as such, it is just an adventurous pastime, that enables me to explore coastal communities at home and abroad and of course the explore the oceans, as well as exploring my mind. For me it has always been a vocation rather than a vacation. It has been my job to do this.

I wondered during the preparation and build up to this, the Big Cerulean Adventure, whether I might be experiencing Donald Crowhurst Syndrome, what I mean by that is that I had built myself up to making the life changing adventure, what if I was not ready for, what if the boat was not ready for it. There was no turning back, everyone knew that this is what I was going to do, if I did not go through with it, people would stay, 'there's Richard the sailor, all talk and no trousers, he is a quitter, talked about sailing the Atlantic, bit he has never left the English Channel.' There was only one way out, that was to do the trip whether I or the boat was ready or not. As it happens, the boat is still not ready, with a 'TO DO' list is as long as your arm, and me...I have loved every minute of it, I am almost ready to come back home, just down to 2 tablets a day (if I remember to take them) rather than the 10 a day I was on when I left.

Will this 1200 nautical mile Atlantic adventure have satisfied my wanderlust. We have less than 300 nautical miles to go to complete this Atlantic passage, and a further 200NM or so until we reach our home port of Gosport, yes, it has been an incredible adventure, but for the time being I am looking forward to going home.

As for Alison, she is an incredible person, she had lived my dream with me, it was never her dream, she just wanted my dream to come true. We prepared the boat together, sailed every mile of this adventure together and weathered every storm together. I would not have been able to do it without her...

PS I started writing this at dawn this morning when we had been reefed down weathering some heavy weather and everything was grey and grim. I went out into the cockpit to watch the colours of the sunrise, a thousand hues of orange, gold and yellow broke the grey sky, sending sheets of gold shimmering across the black sea towards me. Later the wind dropped, I unfurled the genoa, the sea was calm. Alison came up for her watch at 6am, we shook out the reefs. I was still at the mast just finishing tidying up the ropes, I noticed a splash in the water next to me, i looked around, 5, no, 10 dolphins around the boat, I went forward and sat at the bow and watched them dancing in the bow wave for an eternity...that's why we do this, you cannot experience this at home in your armchair or in the car on the M25, you have to be here.

Richard and Alison yacht Cerulean of Penryn

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Ponta Delgado-St mary's 04

11 June 2019 | 44:05N 014:40W
Richard Rowley
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

Boat time 015:00 (UT)

Day 06 at sea

Hares are harmless but mackerel are not

Hares and rabbits dancing across the sky That hare has morphed into a french poodle there's Dumbo and a hedgehog dancing together. but no Beethoven yet.

Our world of grim grey cloud and drizzle that has enveloped us for an eternity has suddenly given way to blue sky and fair weather cumuli,as the front passed by.

oh no, the French poodle has come apart! it's body and head separated from it's rear legs. now its head has exploded into cotton wool. The puppy has turned into piglet.

Great Britain is alone, an island by itself. No sign of Europe, I hope that's not the case. I had grown quite fond Europe, with the French Hypermarket so close.

Dumbo and the hedgehog have now passed by. The piglet is now a cat curled up. lots of indistinguishable cotton balls, embryonic as they turn into herd of wilderbeast.

What's this, a patch of mackerel sky? it beautiful for now, but what it doth bring, rain and strong winds will follow on hares are harmless, but mackerel are not

Richard Rowley Mid Atlantic 507NM SW of Bishops Rock 11/06/2019

Anyway Alison is enjoying the sunshine after such a dismal few days

Well after a few days of endless cloud, drizzle, strong winds and lumpy seas, the wind suddenly backed from NW to NE bringing with it a brief period of rain and calm. What little wind there was was pushing us nicely east to La Coruna for a while, but that is not where we want to go. If we tack we go north west, not where we want to go either, so we stick to the east, at least that is sor tof in the right direction, we need to east and we need to go north, north east would be ideal, but mother nature won't let us do that the easy way at the moment. Give it time and the wind will ease back round to the north and round a little further to the north west allowing is to lay a course north east for the Scilly Isles and the UK. We may bypass the Scilly Isles and head straight for Falmouth depending on the weather. ETA 14,15 or 16th June...maybe.

Yesterday evening it got so windy we resorted to hoisting the storm jib, with winds up to 25kts or more, along with the part furled staysail and two reefs in the main we were balanced quite nicely and making a fair progress to windward. The wind shift to the NE came at about 3am, and soon dropped off to 6-7kt of winds and our boat speed dropped to less than 2 kts. Too tired and too dark to sort the sails out we furled the staysail and resorted to the motor for a few hours til daylight. At 6am the wind had picked up we dropped the storm jib and set the genoa again, not a straight forward task as we have to sort out two sets of sheets, it took half an hour or more bouncing around on the foredeck with the bow plunging into the sea and waves break over now and then, not helped by the fact that the sole was flapping off my Dubarry sea boots, and they are only 10 years old and have only done 13,000 nautical miles, I expect better for £180 they cost. With the genoa set and reef taken out of the main and now 12-15kts of wind from NNE we were back sailing again, making some progress to our waypoint, but the wind is gradually moving back round to the north west and we are gradually getting back onto our desired course.

We are racing with a series of depressions coming through either to the north west of us or to the south east of us, and we are squeezed in the middle, hopefully we will make landfall before the next big one comes through on our track. We are expecting to get a bit of a south westerly blow for a few hours...but that is sailing for you.

Generator is not working, my sea boots are falling apart, the bilge is filling up with water, other than that all is good aboard Cerulean.

PS; in the time i have been writing this blog the wind has gone round to the NW and we are now back on course. The great thing about 'Old Harry' the Hydrovane is that he keeps us at a constant angle to the wind and goes round with it with out us having to adjust anything, we just have to keep an eye in our course and make sure that we are heading in the right direction or best course to windward as appropriate. ;^)

Richard and Alison yacht Cerulean of Penryn

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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 - Rigging Failure
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05 Port lower aft 1
09 repair workshop
01 lower aft
08 repair-workshop
04 Port lower after: two broken strands
10 modified terminal fitting;: The Norseman hammerhead fitting  was adapted  by welding a stainless steel plate either side of the swage stem and a hole drilled through to take a clevis pin and then a Sta-Lok fitting fitted to the end of the old cable.
03 Rigger: MAYS Rigger doing top to bottom mast inspection
06 Starboard lower: total of 4 broken strands from 10mm diameter 1X19 stainless steel rigging
07 repair- workshop: The Norseman hammerhead fitting  was adapted  by welding a stainless steel plate either side of the swage stem and a hole drilled through to take a clevis pin and then a Sta-Lok fitting fitted to the end of the old cable.
02 lower aft starboard: Showing broken strand; where cable exists the swaged Norseman hammerhead fitting;
 
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