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
21 January 2018 | Porto Espanol
20 January 2018 | Porto Espanol
20 January 2018 | Porto Espanol Tierra del Fuego
19 January 2018 | 70 Miles North East of Cape Horn
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
Recent Blog Posts
21 January 2018 | Porto Espanol

Repairs Well In Hand

3:30pm Sunday 21st January 2018 ( UTC-4 ) Good solid solution using the anchor chain has been accomplished. Still much tidying up to do in daylight so will report details later.

20 January 2018 | Porto Espanol

Hanging On By A Thread

9:00pm Saturday 20th January 2018 ( UTC-4 ) Actually a few more but this is a photo of the Starboard lower shroud with maybe twelve of the nineteen original still hanging on. As you can see I had the ladder rigged to check it out and replace with a spectra rope when along came a gust and the mast got the wobbles as did I so a few more temporary temporary stays were put in place. As you could probably imagine the weather here is very unstable so for a while today light winds and drizzle then brilliant lovely sunshine, showers, rain and now wind. I still haven't worked out how to fix the problem but hoping to have at least two systems in place. The sail in yesterday afternoon was truly amazing because of the huge number of Albatross. They were sitting on an obvious current line but then for the next three miles there were never less than about ten often twenty within a stones throw and of course they kept being threatened by L'Eau Commotions at times quite fast sailing. Suddenly there would be a boil up and hundreds and hundreds would rapidly fly to the great white mass of birds with the odd Skua. I saw quite a lot of Albatross West of the Falklands two years ago, this time hardly any but I have never seen anything like the density of yesterday. I'm a little far out in the bay but I'm pretty sure there are no inhabitants despite the grand name and yes there is still one hut there as described by Shane & Vicky. --------------060102080203020501060702--

20 January 2018 | Porto Espanol Tierra del Fuego

Repairs Proceeding

3:30pm Saturday 20th January 2018 ( UTC-4 ) As I am still working on the boat I will have to keep this short. Everything looks OK to proceed and with the weather as it is this is likely to be Monday morning.

19 January 2018 | 70 Miles North East of Cape Horn

Safe Harbour

3:30pm Friday 19th January 2018 ( UTC-4 ) Despite my earlier pessimistic reports I feel the record attempt is still very much alive. Lots of ideas have been formulated but nothing decided till a good overall picture of the defects and the extent of the assets on board are realised. Because this area is renowned for sudden and totally unexpected changes in the wind I decided to lodge in the best harbour I could find and one which I still be able to enter and leave under sail alone regardless of the weather. The charts I have of the spot chosen are a little questionable but if accurate the North West end of Bahia Agurre appears to fill the bill. This port is about 25 miles West of the Straits of Lemaire on the big island of Tierra del Fuego. It's only five miles away but as I am still under Starters Orders I have no idea when I will arrive in this dying breeze. It's been a lovely sail with the breeze swinging from NNE to West and fresh to pleasant. It's hard to believe it's blowing a full gale 70 miles away which is expected for the next couple of days so I will have time to do all the jobs and still have a complete rest at anchor.

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.

Time Warp

23 December 2017 | 2030 Miles to Cape Horn
5:00pm Saturday 23rd December 2017 ( UTC-3 ) After 52 consecutive days inhabiting the one time zone of UTC-2 it feels like I have broken free of some inescapable force such as typically surrounds even the smallest of Black Holes. Just before lunch the longitude ticked past 37 30.0'W and I have turned back time by adding minus one hour to the wall clock and all the other electronics with which we modern mariners are blessed so they are now synchronous with those in Montevideo, Uruguay. It is probable that some of my sluggish progress could be attributed to a swirl in the ocean currents. Most of the West going Equatorial Current flows past North Eastern Brazil, flows into the Gulf of Mexico and then becomes the Gulf Stream, but some is deflected South along the East Coast of Brazil. This current is much weaker and swirls can break off and head back Northwards, which my weather program infers, but are pretty erratic at best. This breakout has been assisted by a gentle increase in the wind which is also swinging a bit more to the North. An occasional misty shower has delivered no useful water for doing the washing but in the cooler cabin am enjoying The Old Breed, a factual account by E.B. Sledge of his time with the US Marines and the invasion of Palilu and Okinawa.
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