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
15 July 2019
15 July 2019 | 1450 Miles from Cape Leeuwin, 1640 Miles East of Rodriguez
14 July 2019 | 610 Miles South by West of Home Island, Cocos Keeling
13 July 2019 | 680 Miles South of Home Island, Cocos Keeling
13 July 2019 | 660 Miles South of Cocos Keeling Islands
12 July 2019 | 780 Miles South by East of Cocoa Keeling Islands
11 July 2019 | 630 Miles West of Shark Bay, West Australia
10 July 2019 | 550 Miles West ofKalbarri, West Australia
09 July 2019
09 July 2019
09 July 2019
09 July 2019 | 420 Miles West of Geraldton West Australia
08 July 2019 | 315 Miles West of Port Denison, West Australia
07 July 2019 | 230 Miles East of Cervantes West Australia
06 July 2019 | 200 Miles West of Cervantes West Australia
05 July 2019 | 125 Miles West of Cervantes West Australia
04 July 2019 | 90 Miles South West of Fremantle West Australia
03 July 2019 | 10 Miles South East of Cape Leeuwin
02 July 2019 | 35 Miles SE of Walpole West Australia
01 July 2019 | 35 Miles South West of Albany Coastline
Recent Blog Posts
15 July 2019

Sirius, The Dog

Day 38 6:20pm Monday 15th July 2019 ( UTC+6 )

15 July 2019 | 1450 Miles from Cape Leeuwin, 1640 Miles East of Rodriguez

A Dog Stars

Day 38 6pm Monday 15th July 2019 ( UTC+6 )

14 July 2019 | 610 Miles South by West of Home Island, Cocos Keeling

Desal

Day 37 8pm Sunday 14th July 2019 ( UTC+6 )

13 July 2019 | 680 Miles South of Home Island, Cocos Keeling

Just Easing Along

Day 36 8pm Saturday 13th July 2019

13 July 2019 | 660 Miles South of Cocos Keeling Islands

Gone Troppo

Day 36 Time : The Midday Sun, Saturday 13th July 2019

12 July 2019 | 780 Miles South by East of Cocoa Keeling Islands

First Frying Fish of the Season

Day 35 8pm Friday 12th July 2019

Sirius, The Dog

15 July 2019
Day 38 6:20pm Monday 15th July 2019 ( UTC+6 )
And this is what the dog gets fed up with. No wonder he has the urge to break out now and again. In other news I checked out my stores and discovered water had seeped in to some of the flour through a rather poorly designed lid on the plastic jars. I had to jettison the contents of two of them but by judicious scraping off the top I have saved most of the contents of three other 1kg jars. As a test to see if anything harmful had developed , and not having a taster as does Katherine Ann, I made up a batch of pancakes for lunch and SFSG. Tracking down the source of this water in the locker I discovered a broken plastic fitting on the hot water cylinder so have now cut out and bypassed all the superfluous plumbing, which means I will not in the foreseeable future be able to take a long luxurious hot shower. I ran the desalinator all day from 6am to 5pm and between the solar panel and the Watt & Sea the voltage was kept well up running the autopilot and instruments as well. And the sailing? Absolutely perfect.

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A Dog Stars

15 July 2019 | 1450 Miles from Cape Leeuwin, 1640 Miles East of Rodriguez
Day 38 6pm Monday 15th July 2019 ( UTC+6 )
This is what ends up as chicken scraps.

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Desal

14 July 2019 | 610 Miles South by West of Home Island, Cocos Keeling
Day 37 8pm Sunday 14th July 2019 ( UTC+6 )
It was with some trepidation that I fired up the Katadyn e40 desalinator as I haven't used it since its overhaul by the agents which included a new membrane, piston and seals. These membranes are very sensitive to contamination by oils so it was not possible to test it in the commercial Scarborough harbour and besides it was loaded with a preservative solution which I wished to keep in the machine. Many anxious minutes passed as the piston pump ground away but eventually the fresh water started to trickle out and once the pickling solution was purged the output was clear and sweet. I had it connected to the tanks from 9am to 5pm and the Watt & Sea had no trouble keeping the voltage around 12.8 to 13.2 with a little help from the solar panel. With the steady and not too strong breeze from around the East the Windpilot has been doing the steering but to give a clear flow to the vane the solar panel is rigged to be horizontal which cuts its production by at least half. Yesterday I noticed for the first time that the gimbal system on the Origo spirit stove had just about worn through so some artistic metal sculpting was completed using my Dremel 200 powered by the 150 watt inverter so it is now better than new. Sailing conditions are idyllic but sadly no fish of either the swimming or flying kind.

Just Easing Along

13 July 2019 | 680 Miles South of Home Island, Cocos Keeling
Day 36 8pm Saturday 13th July 2019
On this beautiful evening with an almost full moon and lots and lots of stars it would be tempting fate to shake out the only reef in the main - let those two headsails lead us at a steady 5 knots to our ordained 20 degree South parallel where we can enjoy a week of The Trades unworried by those nasty Southerners. No, not them, I mean those swirling Highs and even lower Lows.

Gone Troppo

13 July 2019 | 660 Miles South of Cocos Keeling Islands
Day 36 Time : The Midday Sun, Saturday 13th July 2019
Well here we are loping along at a leisurely 7 knots with a double reefed main, staysail ( to accentuate the slot ) and jib in a quartering 18 knot breeze. Now I'm not making this up but to quell any cynical response the above photos show the Latitude 23 South, the Cabin Temperature 23 Centigrade and the Sea Temperature 23 Centigrade. Not shown but affirmed a bright Sun from a clear blue sky shining through the open Saloon hatchway on to my uncapped head. Now if that is not excuse for my subsequent rambling diatribes you can simply say the poor fellow has “ Gone Troppo “.

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First Frying Fish of the Season

12 July 2019 | 780 Miles South by East of Cocoa Keeling Islands
Day 35 8pm Friday 12th July 2019
The quite large flying fish was consumed with relish ( Sriracha Hot Chile ) and renewed efforts made to capture their main predator the Mahi Mahi. The 4# Barra spoon had just broken its trace after one too many backflips as it skidded and tumbled over the surface so a red and white plastic squid with 3 8/0 stainless steel ganged hooks on 150lb steel trace was set. I only have a few of these but often made up ones from red and white cloth and cable ties work just as well. A little disappointed to see I had put a small tear in the BiSymmetric near the top on the Starboard ( green ) side so it was furled and stowed easily and the jib poled out but as the wind swung to the East and strengthened it was set normally with one reef in the main. I'm heading a little more to the North to make sure of getting in the trades at 20 degrees South and dodging a looming blue hole.
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