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
23 January 2018 | Porto Espanol
22 January 2018 | Porto Espanol
21 January 2018 | Porto Espanol
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
Recent Blog Posts
23 January 2018 | Porto Espanol

Operation Successful

6:00pm Tuesday 23rd January 2018 ( UTC-4 ) I took the EPIRB up the mast in a bosun's chair and 8:1 tackle therefore owing Kerrie one less slab seeing I came down slowly. Deck level work continues but looking A1. Will write up later.

22 January 2018 | Porto Espanol

Plan A

9:00am Monday 22nd January 2018 ( UTC-4 ) The chain broke after a few miles so sailed carefully back with a wobbly mast. They say fibre to the home is best but I will try fibre to the mast. Gorgeous sunny weather with more Albatross than seagulls at a Sunday School picnic by the seaside.

21 January 2018 | Porto Espanol

Flat Out

9:30pm Sunday 21st January 2018 ( UTC-4 ) It seems hard to believe as I am still functioning quite well but I fell of the ladder when my feet at the time were 4 metres above the cabin roof and fell flat on my back. This winded me and as I lay there I felt a slight tingling in my toes which is always a good sign in these circumstances and much to my surprise I could give them a little wiggle. After a few minutes I found I was able to get up and make it to the cabin though of course feeling rather sore in my back and shoulders and snuggled up to the already prepared hot water bottle. I had put in a fair amount of effort getting the anchor in - fortunately except for about 10 metres of chain was all rope - with a pretty fresh breeze and preparing the spare anchor to drop once the main anchor was aweigh. I hoisted the chain up above the spreaders with a few metres dangling set up the ladder and started to climb up. I again thought it was pretty well stretched but the feet kept going out and a lot of weight being taken o n the hands. It also became apparent there was a bit of a swell which didn't help. Getting the loop over the cross trees was very difficult and the shackle was done up. I realised my hands were not functioning properly in the cold windy drizzle and decided to get down quickly but after a few steps down my feet shot out and I could no longer hang on and let go. I sulked for an hour or so under the blanket and when I got up found it quite painful but managed with many breaks to get going again and by the time the sun was going down hardly noticed anything remiss. I still had to get the halyard unshackled and there was no way I was going up that ladder so rigged the tackle that normally controls the main boom which is an 8:1 advantage and has a ratchet to boot so even if your hands come off the hoist rope it only lowers slowly. Pulling myself up was quite easy even with the swell but found I was about 30cm short so down again and rigged up an additional 4:1 tackle which normall y controls the main track. This was harder but manageable then up with the 8:1 and snap! unsnapped the halyard and coming down was easy. Each rest was shorter after that and with the heavy gal anchor shackles and swivel set with the bottle screw, or turnbuckle, a good sound solid stay, and other jobs completed like replacing the main sheets, replacing the tiller ropes of the self steering gear and going into the lazarette to tighten the control cables on the quadrant. And would you believe tidied up ropes and so on so should there be any reasonable breeze I can set sail first thing in the morning and a nice day sail down to photograph Cape Horn in lovely sunshine!

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.

Frontal Weather

25 December 2017 | 1788 Miles to Cape Horn
6:00pm Monday 25th December 2017 ( UTC-3 ) I first became acquainted with PredictWind when I accompanied Lex and Joanne Sylvester on their yacht Trompantana on a voyage from Scarborough, Brisbane to Sydney. The PredictWind gave good weather but what particularly impressed me was when Joanne got out her laptop and called a fresh Southerly change just off Newcastle which allowed a good positioning and preparedness. The strength,direction and timing of the change were spot on and so it was last night. Right on time and being controlled by the WindPilot the track showed a rapid veering to the left with little change in wind speed so the small amount of headsail was furled completely and the double reefed main gybed. By the time all was snugged down the wind had reached its 40 knots from the South East and with the main spilling the excess wind a solid but controllable run through the night was experienced. The wind had eased to about 30 knots at daybreak but it was not till 10:00am that I was able to let out a little of t he jib and get tramping away on course. It was then time to start into the important part of this festive day an cut the first slice of the Christmas cake that Chrissy made for me. Absolutely perfect after the six months on board thanks no doubt the addition of an organically sourced natural preservative of which I was assured would in no way contravene my temperance vows. Thank you, Chrissy. As is customary for generations of my family I was having a little nap after Christmas dinner when it was disturbed by a flapping out of control jib. The self steering operates through a drum on the steering wheel which in turn has a chain and wire rope linkage to the steering quadrant and with dread first indications seemed to indicate the parting of the wire rope. I have spare rope and clamps but it could be a complicated task to renew. Fortunately it was found that this 25mm SS tube had fractured and it was a relatively simple work around to have us once again speeding along under double reefed main and full jib. As a footnote, Joanne, under her name Joanne van Os is a published author with the very interesting and gripping tale " Outback Heart " --------------060505070704070605000707--
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