L'Eau Commotion Westabout

An (other) attempt to sail non stop Westabout around the world

Vessel Name: L'Eau Commotion
Vessel Make/Model: Northshore 38
Hailing Port: Brisbane Australia
Crew: Bill Hatfield
12 December 2017 | 3070 Miles to Cape Horn
11 December 2017 | 3180 Miles to Cape Horn
11 December 2017 | 3215 Miles to Cape Horn
10 December 2017 | 3320 Miles to Cape Horn
10 December 2017 | 3325 Miles to Cape Horn
09 December 2017 | 3450 Miles to Cape Horn
09 December 2017 | 3485 Miles to Cape Horn
09 December 2017 | 3515 Miles to Cape Horn
08 December 2017 | 3580 Miles to Cape Horn
08 December 2017 | 3590 Miles to Cape Horn
08 December 2017 | 3635 Miles to The Horn
07 December 2017 | 3735 Miles to Cape Horn
07 December 2017 | 3750 Miles to Cape Horn
06 December 2017 | 25 Miles North of the Equator
06 December 2017 | 65 Miles North of the Equator
05 December 2017 | 160 Miles North of the Equator
04 December 2017 | 300 Miles North of the Equator
03 December 2017 | 445 Miles to the Equator
03 December 2017 | 465 Miles to the Equator
02 December 2017 | 540 Miles to Penedas
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12 December 2017 | 3070 Miles to Cape Horn

Bright Sunshine, Sparkling Blue Seas and a Fair Fresh Breeze

12noon Tuesday 12th December 2017 ( UTC-2 )

11 December 2017 | 3180 Miles to Cape Horn

Breezing Along

6:00pm Monday 11th December 2017 ( UTC-2 ) At any given time the speed on the GPS log hovers just under the six knot mark and if you go back four or six or twelve hours 5.8 keeps popping up. Indeed since this time last night that's the average and reflects exactly how the sailing feels. The breeze may rise and fall by a few knots and change direction by a few degrees but basically it's as steady as you'd wish. The other good news is that by peeking into the future a good run down to the region off Uruguay is on the cards. Cornell's Wind Atlas of the World shows that these conditions are to be expected but it's still nice to have dodged the little lulls that appear here and there. Checked the bilges and water tanks which are normal and there is no need to operate the manual desalinator just yet. I'll wait until it's just a little cooler for my calisthenics, although last night I did pull up the doonah over my knees for a little while.

11 December 2017 | 3215 Miles to Cape Horn

Trying Not To Be Negative

12:00noon Monday 11th December 2017 ( UTC-2 ) Mathematics is a wonderful tool to construct and analyse systems which are too complicated for the human brain to encompass at any one time but it must be always be borne in mind that it is a tool or system that has been constructed by man according to a set of seemingly logical rules. Because of this any result so obtained from mathematics must be viewed in the light of the rules imposed. Probably the first rule we learnt was that of addition and with the well known apples and oranges caveat served us well. Then came subtraction of a smaller number from a bigger number which was usually accomplished fairly easily with numbers below ten but required a little imagination to say take nine from twenty seven. By using the artifice of transforming the simple 2 of the 27 into two tens taking one ten from the twenty to make ten and seventeen and as our brains developed we learnt by rote the result of subtracting numbers below ten from numbers between eleven and nineteen and as our education continued multiplication and then division, of course with some practice, became widely accessible. Depending on the aptitude of the class and the teacher fractions, decimals, areas, circles, volumes speed and perhaps a little trigonometry and algebra usually rounded out our primary education. Usually in our first year of secondary education we were introduced to the concept of negative numbers usually in the order say 7-9 -2, 9-27 -18, the multiplication rules -2 x -18 +36 , +7 x -2 -14 and so forth and later on i where i square root of -1 , therefore making i squared -1 Now however useful these rules may be, and they certainly are, it must always be taken into consideration that they are an artefact and realise that negative numbers have no equivalent in physical reality. For the Physicist to then ascribe the negative sign to every sub atomic particle hitherto described, allocate it similar but different properties, have them collide either in a scientific paper or a Large Hadron Collider and then examine the readings of the detectors or the results of calculations to establish exactly what was happening at just so many Trillionths of a Trillionth of a ......second after the World began 13.7 Billion Years ago shows just how deluded and out of touch with reality this branch of Science has become. As could be deduced from the above dissertation L'Eau Commotion is sailing blithely Southwards in a steady quartering breeze with minimal input from the Skipper who has found the Cajen Chicken and is about to enjoy lunch.

10 December 2017 | 3320 Miles to Cape Horn

Not Quite Perfect

6:00pm Sunday 10th December 2017 ( UTC-2 ) In saying that don't think that I am complaining as comfortable solid progress is being made on track. It's just that the sky is a little grey at times, the clouds a little ragged and the varying breeze adding a small slop to the swell. The forecast is still promising for the next week and I'm sure some of those truly magical days will reappear. As an aside I note I put 23 30'S 37 00'W as my next waypoint in my last post. I meant to write 23 30'S 35 00'W. Not sure I could look another fish in the eye after hearing of some breeds having such magical properties so the line remains stowed as I fossick around for some Cajun Chickun.

10 December 2017 | 3325 Miles to Cape Horn

The Early Universe

2:00pm Sunday 10th December 2017 ( UTC-2 ) Just before I leave my comments on Einsteins Field Equations I thought I'd bring my readers up to date on their description of the Early Universe. At approximately 13.7 Billion years ago less precisely 5.4 Hundredths of One Millionth of One Trillionth of One Trillionth of One Trillionth of One second, the whole of the Universe weighing 300 Trillion Trillion Trillion Trillion Tonnes was squeezed into a sphere measuring precisely 12.4 Billionths of One Millimetre across and had a Temperature 3 Million Trillion Trillion times that of the surface of the Sun. In this way the Young Universe can be compared with the young Dolly Parton - she might have been pretty damn small and dense but by God she was hot.

09 December 2017 | 3450 Miles to Cape Horn

Serene Sailing

6:00pm Saturday9th December 2017 ( UTC-2 ) It would be easy to go into unnecessary rapture in describing the present sailing conditions but suffice to say that everything is just as you would hope for while cruising down the coast of Brazil in early summer. The breeze is just at that right strength to have you moving along steadily and purposefully in the right direction but not so strong as to cause any spray and require the hatches to be closed. The sun is shining brightly but the cooling breeze prevents the cabin from becoming uncomfortable with the white and fluffy cumulus a welcome contrast to the blue of the sky and the deep blue of the sea. I plan to stay well offshore and make my next aiming point 23 30'S 37 00'W which is about 400 miles East of Rio de Janeiro but will add no significant distance to travel to Cape Horn. This should mean keeping clear of coastal traffic and just maybe slightly more favourable winds.

Rolling Along

12 August 2017 | 190 Miles West of Coffin Bay
Yes the wind did gradually swing round to the Northwest a few hours before dawn which was duly noted and ignored. What's an hour or two next year matter when the precious comfortable ones right now engulf you in their warm embrace. But of course if the course is to the West and I'm making miles to the East reality reluctantly predominated; but at least between ignorance and predominance a much appreciated brew was inserted. Going about and shaking out the main in the 10 or 12 knots was easy. Just getting up was the hard bit. Time for some experimentation with the 12v reverse osmosis Desalinator. Dire warnings are issued about the destructiveness of any oil at all and also the dangers of silt, so in a commercial harbour such as Scarborough it was unthinkable to test run the apparatus. Now though in the still oil free waters of The Great Australian Bight and with the windmill pumping out the Amps to make Jay Weatherill proud now was the time. With a steady goosh- gaw the machine sputtered back into life with the water flavoured, how shall we say, with what once was. Naturally any life forms larger than a molecule of salt will not pass through the membranes and will live, then die, on it's surface. The application on shutdown of Sodium Metabisulphite will obviate this but also can cause another problem of corrosion of the stainless pump components in the resultant oxygen starved salt water. Because of this the application was not done. So, the resultant product. Fresh with hints of seafood cocktail and a salty tang that only a sailor could love. But drinkable and life sustaining?Yes!Yes!Yes!
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