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
20 February 2018 | 410 Miles to Cape Pembroke and Stanley, Falklands.
19 February 2018 | 45 Miles WSW Cape Horn
19 February 2018 | 10 Miles North of Diego Ramirez
18 February 2018 | 160 Miles West of Cape Horn
17 February 2018 | 200 Miles West of Cape Horn
17 February 2018 | 200 Miles West of Cape Horn
16 February 2018 | 280 Miles West of Cape Horn
15 February 2018 | 350 Miles West of Cape Horn
15 February 2018 | 385 Miles West of Cape Horn
14 February 2018 | 386 Miles West of Cape Horn
13 February 2018 | 430 Miles West of Cape Horn
12 February 2018 | 475 Miles From Cape Horn, Bearing 079 T
11 February 2018 | 515 Miles WSW Cape Horn
10 February 2018 | 480 Miles WSW Cape Horn
09 February 2018 | 455 Miles WSW Cape Horn
08 February 2018 | 427 Miles SW Cape Horn
07 February 2018 | 460 Miles SSW Cape Horn
06 February 2018 | 420 Miles SSW Cape Horn
05 February 2018 | 383 Miles SSW Cape Horn
04 February 2018 | 330 Miles SSW Cape Horn
Recent Blog Posts
20 February 2018 | 410 Miles to Cape Pembroke and Stanley, Falklands.

A Mixed Bag

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.

19 February 2018 | 45 Miles WSW Cape Horn

Diego Ramirez

2:00pm Monday 18th February 2018 ( UTC-5 ) Hope this pic gets through. --------------000806010109070106020602--

19 February 2018 | 10 Miles North of Diego Ramirez

Sightseeing

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 [...]

18 February 2018 | 160 Miles West of Cape Horn

Solid Mist

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 .

17 February 2018 | 200 Miles West of Cape Horn

Emergency Tiller Photo

3:45pm Saturday 17th February 2018 ( UTC-5 ) I have sent this photo separately as sometimes they have to many pixels and it's a devilish job to reboot. --------------000901060600070404010303--

17 February 2018 | 200 Miles West of Cape Horn

Headwinds?

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.

Heading North

07 February 2018 | 460 Miles SSW Cape Horn
3:30pm Wednesday 7th February 2018 ( UTC-5 ) I am just now in the lull of the long hoped for low and not really going anywhere but it is certain the wind will build up from the South West. I have hoisted the storm jib and 50% of the jib is showing which is the first sail that will be reduced. I am also now on a Starboard tack with the wind coming abeam from the left. Although this wind could get me North by a few hundred miles it would seem that it would be better to head North West to try and keep well off the Chilean coast. All models show, as expected, that any Westerly wind is turned by the Andes to North West and also intensified so it appears the best thing to do is to make my Westing bit by bit - no more sleepovers thank you! 4 degrees in the cabin this morning and quite cold outside. It is quite warm working on deck with all the clobber on except for the fingers. I have tried gloves in the past but they only, for me, make tying knots difficult and then they seem to keep the cold in. The quite large swell is subs iding and the mast is less of a worry on this tack. So no thoughts of swaying palm trees for some time to come.
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