|Vessel Name:||L'Eau Commotion|
|Vessel Make/Model:||Northshore 38|
|Hailing Port:||Brisbane Australia|
3:30pm Tuesday 20th February 2018 ( UTC-5 ) A short while after taking a few snaps of Diego Ramirez I had another look around and it then stood out in sharp relief and to my surprise so did Cape Horn 34 Miles to the North. The visibility round these parts changes by the hour and it's not really possible to tell when it's good or bad. With the confluence of the North West winds and the back eddies from the islands of Tierra del Fuego the strength and direction of the wind varies constantly but reasonable progress is being made. I was surprised it had been six days since I did a desal so 3 1/2 hours was put in in pleasant conditions to produce 14 litres - it reached 17C in the cabin! I hope to be able to continue the blog with the limited power supply as I post this on an iPad, the same one that seemed to have given up the ghost a few days back. Maybe it was a bit like me and not responsive in the continuing cold. The iPad uses very little power and seems, now, to charge easily. I have 50 litres of diesel left of the or iginal 90 litres and 10 minutes running the auxiliary three or four times a day appears to keep the few instruments left going - mainly the chart plotter which has a " sleep " mode, and the all important Iridium tracker and Satcom. I am not looking forward to the half day of strong North to North East winds forecast for tomorrow but after that the weather appears reasonable.
2:00pm Monday 18th February 2018 ( UTC-5 ) Seeing I was down this way I thought I'd take a snap of the twin Islands of Diego Ramirez. Unfortunately the slightly hazy conditions resulted in a poor quality picture, taken from about 10 miles to the North, but at least it proves I've been there. Sailing [...]
2:00pm Sunday 18th February 2018 ( UTC-5 ) The wind has swung round more to the North and the promise is for fair following winds for the next few days. For most of this morning and all afternoon there has been a heavy mist - not quite a fog as visibility would be about half a mile. Everything seems to be holding up so the plan is to give Cape Horn and the Straits of Lemaire a good offing to avoid to some extent the admittedly fairly light traffic in these parts and thence on to the Falklands .
3:00pm Saturday 17th February 2018 ( UTC-5 ) Yes I know they were forecast - I had taken this into account on my plan to go to Isla London - but even so... Of course I wavered for just a little and had a peek around the corner and what did I see? The usual. North West winds strong to gale force for days and days. So here I am heading North and should pick up the beginning of these to have me sailing past you know where within a couple of days. I rearranged the emergency tiller steering a little with a small 4:1 block and tackle which has a jam cleat which allows easy setting of any rudder bias. This direct to the rudder system seems precise and I am giving serious thought to making this the permanent system with of course the tiller fixed to the rudder head in a solid and permanent arrangement. The system of ropes I have now will be good for quite a few days but does invite wear on the aluminium that fits over the squared off rudder stock. We were becalmed for quite a while from early this morning but over the last thre e or four hours the wind is gradually rising and we can expect around thirty knots overnight, so much reduced sail is the order of the day. And of course a big thank you to all of you who have left comments on my site.