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
19 January 2018 | 23 Miles to Cape Horn 255T ( Cape Groundhog? )
18 January 2018 | 25 Miles Cape Horn Bearing 034T
18 January 2018 | 30 Miles SW Cape Horn
18 January 2018 | 25 Miles South West of Cape Horn
17 January 2018 | 38 Miles to Cape Horn
16 January 2018 | 62 Miles from Cape Horn
15 January 2018 | 99 Miles to Cape Horn
14 January 2018 | 150 Miles to Cape Horn
13 January 2018 | Staten Island, near Isla Observatorio
13 January 2018 | 120 Miles to ( or from ) Cape Horn
12 January 2018 | 180 Miles to Cape Horn
11 January 2018 | 270 Miles to Cape Horn
11 January 2018 | 275 Miles to Cape Horn
10 January 2018 | 360 Miles to Cape Horn
09 January 2018 | No Closer to Cape Horn
09 January 2018 | 420 Miles to Cape Horn
09 January 2018 | 425 Miles to Cape Horn
08 January 2018 | 485 Miles to Cape Horn
07 January 2018 | 610 Miles to Cape Horn
07 January 2018 | 625 Miles to Cape Horn
Recent Blog Posts
19 January 2018 | 23 Miles to Cape Horn 255T ( Cape Groundhog? )

Down But Not Out

3:45am Friday 19th January 2018 ( UTC-4 ) With another sleepless night coming to an end with a showery dawn I am thinking of ways I may be able to continue. I have three days of awful weather round the corner so I may be able to get things straitened out. Goodnight or should I say Good Dawning.

18 January 2018 | 25 Miles Cape Horn Bearing 034T

That's It Folks

8:00pm Thursday 18th January 2018 ( UTC-4 ) On checking the rigging I found that the inner or lower shroud on the Starboard side had started to fail at the spreader and as such I can no longer continue on this trip. As this has just happened I have not formulated a plan of action but will let you know once the weather gods have been consulted.

18 January 2018 | 30 Miles SW Cape Horn

Shelter

6:45pm Thursday 18th January 2018 ( UTC-4 ) All systems are good but I may temporarily turn back behind the Horn islands as full gale forecast for next four days. The rising seas could threaten a knockdown and progress into that wind is marginal at best.

18 January 2018 | 25 Miles South West of Cape Horn

Cape Horn

4:00pm Thursday 18th January 2018 ( UTC-4 ) Finally passed the Longitude of Cape Horn at 7:17am ( UTC 1117 ) after a sleepless night. The wind was light and favourable requiring a fair amount of sail so the tendency was always to round up and head towards the many islands ( and rocks ) to the North West of the South East track. I actually saw Cape Horn last night at around 8:00pm distant 32 Miles and again in the early dawn around 3:00am but then heavy cloud and solid drizzle becoming rain set in and this photo was taken at the first time it reappeared briefly through the murk. It was taken from about six miles away. Very soon the wind started to back from the general North to the West and increased to 30 odd knots. As I was putting the last furl in the jib and a double reefed main the AIS sounded and a 199 m cargo ship ( Name and address supplied! ) announced a converging course from 6 miles to the West . I spoke to the Officer of the watch and he nicely agreed to alter course to Starboard , and by a fair amount by no w, so that he passed ahead comfortably by about 1/3 mile. Of course in these conditions he did not become visible until about 3 miles away. The conditions are now uncomfortable with a rising swell and we are virtually hove to making less than 2 knots heading 200T. All OK but must go now. --------------050308050304030901020800--

17 January 2018 | 38 Miles to Cape Horn

Land Ahoy!

4:30pm Wednesday 17th January 2018 ( UTC-4 ) An hour or so ago it seemed about the right time to go over to a Port tack so all rugged up ( including jeans and socks ) we switched course. Not expecting to see much what with the cloud and a few showers about I scanned the Western horizon, checked, yes land and behind and to the left the definite shape of Isla Hornos. The breeze is expected to veer more to the North and weaken a little so we are now powering on almost on course into a still strong current. The sky is now almost 100% blue and the sun is doing what it does best.Last night was a different story. Reefed right down and with a stronger current round the 1000 metre depth and an uncomfortable chop we were going nowhere but at least here was no jarring or banging. Albatross and Mother Carys Chickens to spare, the latter thankfully off to find more exciting weather than the solid but comfortable breeze that should get us abeam the Horn in time for a photo early tomorrow.

16 January 2018 | 62 Miles from Cape Horn

Route Planning

4:30pm Tuesday 16th January 2018 ( UTC-4 ) I had planned to be at Cape Horn in the middle of January but that came and went 4 1/2 hours ago and none of the usual signs of getting any closer are apparent. No day trippers out of Puerto Williams, no joy flighters out of Punta Arenas and no Frank. Mind you it is his day to look after the kids and the missus, whom he affectionately calls Lady Frankie, prefers to providder locally from organic outlets. She is not one of the wandering kind especially on a day like today with poor vis a slight drizzle an almost flat sea and little wind. Just ask the guys and gels out of Narromine or Temora and they'll tell you that's not the sort of weather to be caught in kilometres from a cosy bunk. I could have left Southport on the Sunday which would have got me there on schedule but Border Force don't do Sundays, or Saturdays for that matter ( they have families too ), of course Fridays are out and I was still shopping on Thursday. However I feel I can make up this day once I get out of this head current and into the North going Humboldt. As I was about to post this the breeze finally arrived and just to be on the cautious side I chucked in a couple of extra rolls on the jib with the expectation of 25 knots hard on the nose tonight. So far so good.

Homogenisation and the Science of Climate Change

18 December 2017 | 2460 Miles to Cape Horn
9:00am Monday 18th December 2017 ( UTC-2 ) Normally we think of Science as that refined art where observations are made of things around us, their physical attributes measured and recorded and deductions made and tested as to their current state and possible future trends. Not so for the Climate Scientists of Australia. They have taken a whole new approach to the subject by first establishing and describing the dire outcomes to which we are doomed and then manipulating the data to illustrate the devastation that awaits us. Language is as important in Science as it is in all other aspects of our society so the first task undertaken by the Climate Scientist is to educate the young such that things which once appeared to be good are in fact the opposite and are indeed bad. I bring attention to their basic catchphrase Global Warming, Carbon Dioxide and the Greenhouse Effect and the implication that each and every one of these things is indeed bad and in combination catastrophic. Let us look at these individually and then as a whole. First of all - Global Warming is bad. Throughout the Pleistocene from 2 million years ago to 11,000 years ago when much of the Northern Hemisphere lay under extensive glaciation modern man as he evolved barely managed to survive with little to seperate him from his antecedents, but with the Warming that set in and its attendant agriculture and civilisation he rapidly became the unique creature we are today. Of particular note that in times of greater warmth productivity and progress accelerated, in times of cooling famine plague and pestilence prevailed. Next - Carbon Dioxide is Bad As young students in a previous Century we were taught that Carbon and the Carbon Cycle were an essential part of our very existence. Plants absorbed by photosynthesis the minuscule traces of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to produce carbohydrates and proteins without which our bodies would soon cease to function. Ongoing research has unequivocally illustrated that with higher concentrations of carbon dioxide and a warmer atmosphere this productivity will continue to increase and as we enjoy ever increasing agricultural output we can divert much of this to our domestic animals so we can enjoy their milk and meat. Our young students of this Century are taught only that carbon dioxide is bad and to go home and tell their Mummies and Daddies to stop destroying the Planet. To Round it Out - Greenhouses are Bad Yes we tell our kiddies if their Mummies and Daddies don't desist from destroying the only planet we have by lighting up that gas barbecue and turning fresh meat into a frizzle we will follow their fate and fry as the Greenhouse Effect takes hold. So the climate Scientist has turned something that was previously held to be good, a Greenhouse where by increased warmth from the glass roof and the coke fires that also extended the growing season and exponentially the output of edible food, into something that is bad. Realising there are still a few adults left who have yet to be convinced that something that is good is in fact bad the Climate Scientist still has a few tricks up his sleeve. One of his best is to present data which undeniably shows a definite trend and then blandly state that in fact the opposite is happening. I bring attention to that popular shibboleth that we in the West with our wanton ways are causing the drastic rise in sea level and destroying the idyllic existence and swamping the very homes of our Pacific Island neighbours. One of the poster children of this thesis is the Island nation of Kiribati complete with pictures of mounds of plastic garbage as their nation disappears beneath the waves. There is only one catch to this which is not often publicised. A sea level gauge installed on that island in 1985 shows that in fact the sea level is, very slightly, receding. Look it up if it's still on the Australian Bureau of Meteorology Web Site, which also shows many re adings throughout that region with only small long term fluctuations. And I might add, look it up quickly before the Climate Scientist realises this oversight and homogenises the readings. Now until recently homogenisation was usually associated with full cream milk at your local supermarket until the strange matter of the RAAF temperature records at Amberley Aircraft Base arose. Taken to a rigid protocol since 1945, these written records show a steady but slight decrease in temperature over the last 70 years which is not in accordance with the Climate Scientist Scenario. You would think this would require some explanation but the Climatologist has a simpler solution. He states blandly that he has homogenised the records with a formula the operation of which is no ones concern but his, and the new readings now reflect the dire predictions already taken to be true and unquestionable. Now you might think this a pretty neat piece of legerdemain but wait theres more! Not only has he altered the written record he has altered the language he used to so do. Any etymological scholar will tell you that the word homogenisation is used to describe the operation of preventing the cream rising so easily to the top but in the broader sense to mix and make similar. But the climatologist has gone one better. He has now altered the word to convey it as an illusory increase in the written data and perhaps at the same time the very meaning of the word Science.
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