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
18 August 2018 | 230 Miles West of Raoul Id. ( GCS 1724 )
17 August 2018 | 256 Miles West of Raoul Id. Kermadecs ( GCS 1753 )
16 August 2018 | 300 Miles East of Raoul Island in the Kermadecs ( GCS 1806 )
15 August 2018 | 480 Miles South of Niue ( GCS 1874 )
14 August 2018 | 405 Miles South of Niue ( GCS 1941 )
13 August 2018 | 370 Miles South of Niue ( GCS 1951 )
13 August 2018 | 370 Miles South of Niue ( GCS 1951 )
13 August 2018 | 320 Miles South of Niue ( GCS 1987 )
12 August 2018 | 500 Miles West of Rarotonga ( GCS 2066 )
11 August 2018 | 390 Miles WSW of Rarotonga ( GCS 2180 )
10 August 2018 | 280 Miles West of Rarotonga ( GCS 2295 )
09 August 2018 | 205 Miles WSW Rarotonga ( GCS 2361 )
08 August 2018 | 142 Miles WSW Raratonga ( GCS 2424 )
07 August 2018 | 140 Miles WSW of Raratonga ( GCS 2426 )
06 August 2018 | 85 Miles West of Raratonga ( GCS 2480 )
05 August 2018 | 140 Miles SSW Aitutaki ( GCS 2510 )
04 August 2018 | 20 Miles West of Aitutaki ( GCS 2593 )
03 August 2018 | 70 Miles NE of Aitutaki Atoll, Cook Islands ( GCS 2686)
02 August 2018 | 460 Miles West of Tahiti ( GCS 2757 )
01 August 2018 | 430 Miles West of Tahiti ( GCS 2800 )
Recent Blog Posts
18 August 2018 | 230 Miles West of Raoul Id. ( GCS 1724 )

Gently Does It

9:00pm Saturday 18th August 2018 ( UTC+12 )

17 August 2018 | 256 Miles West of Raoul Id. Kermadecs ( GCS 1753 )

Life Gets Tedious, Don’t It

8:00pm Friday 17th August 2018 ( UTC+12 )

16 August 2018 | 300 Miles East of Raoul Island in the Kermadecs ( GCS 1806 )

What Ever Happened to Wednesday?

8:00pm Thursday 16th August 2018 ( UTC+12 )

15 August 2018 | 480 Miles South of Niue ( GCS 1874 )

Slow Going

8:00pm Tuesday 14th August 2018 ( UTC-11 )

14 August 2018 | 405 Miles South of Niue ( GCS 1941 )

Frying Fish

8:00pm Monday 13th August 2018 ( UTC-11 )

13 August 2018 | 370 Miles South of Niue ( GCS 1951 )

A Eureka Moment ( Continued )

11:00am Monday 13th August 2018 ( UTC-11 )

Gently Does It

18 August 2018 | 230 Miles West of Raoul Id. ( GCS 1724 )
9:00pm Saturday 18th August 2018 ( UTC+12 )
We were totally becalmed all last night till a gentle zephyr came in from the North around 4:00am. The sea had become almost flat so the full main did not throw this out and we were able to make between one and two knots for most of a pleasant sunshiny day. It is a little stronger now which should remain constant throughout this starry night.

Life Gets Tedious, Don’t It

17 August 2018 | 256 Miles West of Raoul Id. Kermadecs ( GCS 1753 )
8:00pm Friday 17th August 2018 ( UTC+12 )
Most of the time since I last put pointer to iPad has been spent with barely enough wind to fill the sails and then only heading well off the desired course, so I won’t bore you with my grumbling. A good time to catch up on the classics you might say but somehow or other I have lost interest in anything except sulking and skulking.

What Ever Happened to Wednesday?

16 August 2018 | 300 Miles East of Raoul Island in the Kermadecs ( GCS 1806 )
8:00pm Thursday 16th August 2018 ( UTC+12 )
In order to better coordinate my breakfast time with the appearance of Old Sol I decided it was time to advance the clock another hour to UTC-12 . Now in the iPad you are more or less forced to adopt a city with the time required so I chose Auckland which seemed to fill the bill. No sooner had I pressed the name of this fair city than poof! it suddenly became Thursday and that Wednesday is just gone and any chance to make some miles on that day gone with it. You can well understand me wringing my hands. The only way I can see to make up this lost time is for aggressive short tacking - two in two days - which is some sort of record for L’Eau Commotion and might just be working.

Slow Going

15 August 2018 | 480 Miles South of Niue ( GCS 1874 )
8:00pm Tuesday 14th August 2018 ( UTC-11 )
I know I have travelled just as slowly in the last few years of sailing but it didn’t seem to weigh as heavily as it does now. I guess it was the hope that I would have a fair share of SE winds once past Tahiti but instead I have had headwinds for a lot of the time. This is going to continue for at least another couple of days till some SW or NW winds will give me some much needed mileage. One bright note is the top section of the headsail foil has dropped back into position so if the need arises I shall be able to furl the small jib and comfortably ride out winds to 40 knots under the double reefed main.

Frying Fish

14 August 2018 | 405 Miles South of Niue ( GCS 1941 )
8:00pm Monday 13th August 2018 ( UTC-11 )
With the winds moderating and almost directly from where I want to go useful mileage has been wanting. I could perhaps be a little closer on the other tack but all indications are for light winds in that area. I retrieved two good sized flying fish which I fried for lunch with the mandatory pancake or two which rounded off a nice meal. We are just ghosting along under a clear sky with the new moon and Venus to Starboard showing which way we should be travelling.

A Eureka Moment ( Continued )

13 August 2018 | 370 Miles South of Niue ( GCS 1951 )
11:00am Monday 13th August 2018 ( UTC-11 )
It has long been my contention that there is no such thing as an attractive force which we call gravity but rather the blocking of an all pervading force by objects large and small such that there is a resultant much smaller force pushing them together. Now this seems on the face of it to deny the longstanding and well proven results of the Newtonian F MmG/r squared and should be taken as a given as is well demonstrated by Kepplers Laws of Planetary Motion which work pretty well in our solar system but completely fall down when studying the motion of galaxies, which of course were unknown to these brilliant philosophers. ( I might remind the reader that the current school of thought is that everything in the Universe is attracted to everything else in the Universe whilst at the same time everything in the Universe is flying apart from everything else in the Universe - a complete contradiction if ever there was one. )
And the Eureka moment?
If we take this blocking to be by the area of the body presented to this force then the difference in force is proportional to the square of the distance to this body and thus satisfies observed planetary motion.
Nothing in the real world is as cut and dried as this as some of this force can either curve around or go through the edges of the body but the principle is there and I am sure that by a process of iteration by any existing powerful computer a pretty fair approximation can be made of the relevant factors.
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