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
12 September 2018 | Scarborough Marina
09 September 2018 | 8 Miles ESE of Gold Coast Seaway
08 September 2018 | 54 Miles ESE Gold Coast Seaway
08 September 2018 | 82 Miles Bearing 105 degrees True from Gold Coast Seaway
08 September 2018 | 102 Miles East of Gold Coast Seaway
07 September 2018 | 165 Miles East of Gold Coast Seaway
07 September 2018 | 220 Miles East of Gold Coast Seaway
06 September 2018 | 285 Miles East of Gold Coast Seaway
05 September 2018 | 376 Miles East of Gold Coast Seaway
04 September 2018 | 482 Miles East of Gold Coast Seaway
03 September 2018 | 605 Miles East of Gold Coast Seaway
02 September 2018 | 100 Miles NE of Norfolk Island ( GCS 682 )
01 September 2018 | 62 Miles NNW Norfolk Island ( GCS 740 )
31 August 2018 | 87 Miles NNE Norfolk Island ( GCS 813 )
30 August 2018 | 124 Miles East of Norfolk Island ( GCS 891 )
29 August 2018 | 139 Miles East of Norfolk Island ( GCS 908 )
29 August 2018 | 137 Miles East of Norfolk Island ( GCS 905 )
28 August 2018 | 202 Miles East of Norfolk Island ( GCS 971 )
27 August 2018 | 320 Miles East of Norfolk Island ( GCS 1088 )
26 August 2018 | 400 Miles East of Norfolk Island ( GCS 1165 )
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12 September 2018 | Scarborough Marina

Back Home

10:30pm Wednesday 12th September 2018 ( Eastern Standard Time )

09 September 2018 | 8 Miles ESE of Gold Coast Seaway

So Near

5:45pm Sunday 9th September 2018 ( UTC+10 )

08 September 2018 | 54 Miles ESE Gold Coast Seaway

ETA - Today!

9:00am Sunday 9th September 2018 ( UTC+10 )

08 September 2018 | 82 Miles Bearing 105 degrees True from Gold Coast Seaway

Finish Line

1:00am Sunday 9th September 2018 ( UTC+10 )

08 September 2018 | 102 Miles East of Gold Coast Seaway

ETA Southport

8:00pm Saturday 8th September 2018 ( UTC+10 )

07 September 2018 | 165 Miles East of Gold Coast Seaway

A Short Summary of The Cosmos

8:00am Saturday 8th September 2018 ( UTC+10 )

Back Home

12 September 2018 | Scarborough Marina
10:30pm Wednesday 12th September 2018 ( Eastern Standard Time )
This will be fairly short as it has been a long day. I eventually managed to poke L’Eau Commotions bow over the line at 1:10 am Monday morning . It had taken four hours to go the last fifty yards so I arrived at Southport Yacht Club at 3:30am Monday morning and was too tired to sleep. Border Force arrived a little earlier than expected and soon completed the formalities and around 9:00am Bio Security turned up to do a complete inspection which we passed with no problems. My daughter Katherine and grandson Constantine had to sleep in the car as there was a problem booking into their hotel due to the late hour and Katherine’s suggestion that we all drive up to Brisbane for a well earned afternoon nap was adopted unanimously. Nick and Sue from the Ocean Cruising Club helped us put L’Eau Commotion in her pen which required a little finesse with the Morse controls seized up from lack of use but it all went smoothly. I have my Optus phone and email back on line and even fitted a Sushi Lunch and a haircut AND a beard trim in no time flat. Tom offered to run me back down to Southport yesterday so we had a great time yarning about our airline and glider pilot pals but could not unseize the Morse controls. Had a great fillet steak at the Yacht Club for lunch with Tom and another superb T-Bone was shouted me by Ivan and Kathy and their friend Allison for dinner, again at the Southport Yacht Club. After a good nights sleep I puttered around to the fuel wharf and topped up the diesel ( $99 ) and then motored most of the way inside South and North Straddy and then sailed most of the way across the Bay in a nice light Nor’Easter, arriving back in Scarborough Marina around 10pm. And yes I cooked up the Wagyu Sirloin so I have now had three steaks in three days to make up for having none in thirteen months. They were all perfect.

So Near

09 September 2018 | 8 Miles ESE of Gold Coast Seaway
5:45pm Sunday 9th September 2018 ( UTC+10 )
The sea breeze is just hanging in there and with some luck I might just make the entrance before it dies away. If it keeps up as now the arrival should be around 8:00pm. This is the impressive skyline of Surfers Paradise.

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ETA - Today!

08 September 2018 | 54 Miles ESE Gold Coast Seaway
9:00am Sunday 9th September 2018 ( UTC+10 )
The predicted fresh SSE breeze arrived right on time so we are making fine work of gobbling up the few remaining miles of the trip. Any thoughts of the dangers that can present themselves on dry land to a lone sailor long at sea are displaced by the chance of getting on the right side of one of Andrew’s mouthwatering Wagyu steaks and the replenishment of my exhausted supply of rolled oats. Consequently I hope to make landfall at around dusk today.

Finish Line

08 September 2018 | 82 Miles Bearing 105 degrees True from Gold Coast Seaway
1:00am Sunday 9th September 2018 ( UTC+10 )
Shirley, the finish line is the transit between the outer light on the North Mole and the outer light on the South Mole of the Gold Coast Seaway, the position on the transect of the lead lights being 27 56.042’S, 153 25.933’E . It’s 1:00am now and the indications are that the trough is passing through with the wind backing and a pretty active cell producing lots of lightning not far off. Somewhat reluctantly I will have to gear up soon and head over on to a Starboard tack but if I wait for a few more minutes the squall might ease a little.

ETA Southport

08 September 2018 | 102 Miles East of Gold Coast Seaway
8:00pm Saturday 8th September 2018 ( UTC+10 )
I am giving some more thought to entering the Gold Coast Seaway tomorrow afternoon as the the fresh Northerly has allowed some reasonable time to be made. The trough and corresponding South Easter is expected to pass through around midnight and if the lull is as short as predicted good time on a broad reach is attainable. Hanging around outside and with the possibility of an offshore wind early in the morning has made an evening landfall more attractive. I should be able to give a definitive ruling by mid morning.

A Short Summary of The Cosmos

07 September 2018 | 165 Miles East of Gold Coast Seaway
8:00am Saturday 8th September 2018 ( UTC+10 )
One of the most frustrating things brought about by the unseasonable weather over the last month or so is that whenever I think of stating a conclusion to my various meanderings of the mind I get distracted by the meanderings of L’Eau Commotion. So in what I think will be my last full day at sea for a while I will put forward my views on the Universe. I will first start off with what’s not. The Universe did not have a beginning and will not end. There is no such thing as gravitational attraction and consequently no neutron stars or black holes or Gravitational Waves. The Universe is neither contracting nor expanding. The Universe does not consist of 74% Hydrogen and does not convert itself into Helium and then fizzle out to a cold grey nothing. That’s what’s not so what have we got? The Universe has always been there and will continue forever. It is limitless in extent which of course means there is no such thing as infinity. The Sun and stars are made up of material much the same as Planet Earth or Mars or Venus or Jupiter or Saturn but due to their size allow for continuous nuclear fission and the outgoing energy of them all result in the repulsive force we call gravity. This force pervades all space but is shielded by other bodies such that they are forced together as seen in Galaxies as a whole and binary stars in particular which eventually collide with a mighty explosion strewing chunks of rocks and Iron and Nickel every where to form great clouds of dust and meteors and comets which are forced together to form Suns and stars and planets much like our own. And so on.
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