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 September 2019 | 15 Miles North West Of Ilya Brava, Cape Verde Islands
17 September 2019 | 30 Miles South Of Ilha Do Fogo, Cape Verde Islands
16 September 2019 | 95 Miles South Of Ilha Brava, Cape Verde Islands
15 September 2019 | 200 Miles South Of Ilha De Santiago
14 September 2019 | 260 Miles South Of Ilha De Santiago
13 September 2019 | 300 Miles South Of Cape Verde Islands, 400 Miles South West Of Dakar, Senegal
13 September 2019 | 300 Miles SSE Of Ilha De Santiago, Cape Verde Islands
12 September 2019 | 325 Miles SSE Of Ilya De Santiago, Cape Verde Islands
11 September 2019 | 400 Miles SSE Of Ilha De Santiago, Cape Verde Islands
10 September 2019 | 515 Miles SSE Of Ilha De Santiago, Cape Verde Islands
09 September 2019 | 650 Miles SSE Of Ilha de Santiago, Cape Verde Islands
08 September 2019 | 800 Miles SSE Ilha de Santiago, Cape Verde Islands
07 September 2019 | 600 Mile South West of Monrovia, Liberia
06 September 2019 | 1700 Miles Due South of Hierro
05 September 2019 | 150 Miles South East of the Equator
05 September 2019 | 150 Miles South East of the Equator
04 September 2019 | 310 Miles to the Equator at 20 W
03 September 2019 | 450 Miles South East of Equator at 20 W
02 September 2019 | 45 Miles North East of Ascension
01 September 2019 | 155 Miles South East of Ascension
Recent Blog Posts
18 September 2019 | 15 Miles North West Of Ilya Brava, Cape Verde Islands

Sand Haze

Day 103 6pm Wednesday 18th September 2019 ( UTC-2 )

17 September 2019 | 30 Miles South Of Ilha Do Fogo, Cape Verde Islands

Turnpoints

Day 102 6pm Tuesday 17th September 2019 ( UTC-2 )

16 September 2019 | 95 Miles South Of Ilha Brava, Cape Verde Islands

Getting There

Day 101 6pm Monday 16th September 2019 ( UTC-2 )

15 September 2019 | 200 Miles South Of Ilha De Santiago

Reefed Down

Day 100 7pm Sunday 15th September 2019 ( UTC-1 )

14 September 2019 | 260 Miles South Of Ilha De Santiago

Another Dreary Day In The Doldrums

Day 99 7pm Saturday 14th September 2019 ( UTC-1 )

13 September 2019 | 300 Miles South Of Cape Verde Islands, 400 Miles South West Of Dakar, Senegal

Visitations From Above

Day 98 8pm Friday 13th September 2019 ( UTC-1 )

Sand Haze

18 September 2019 | 15 Miles North West Of Ilya Brava, Cape Verde Islands
Day 103 6pm Wednesday 18th September 2019 ( UTC-2 )
This is Ilha Brava from 3 miles off at 6am this morning. I sailed to within ten miles of the larger Fogo and the lights on the high volcanic mountains as well as the main town could be clearly seen, but at 6am was barely visible in the sand haze from 15 miles. Similarly Brava at 15 miles is now totally obscured in a dense grey haze. Now what this is leading up to is the sand must have come from the Sahara and been carried by the North East Trades which after many false starts during the day might just have arrived in the last hour or so. It is still a very light breeze and we are only making 3 or 4 knots but all the projections say hang in there!


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Turnpoints

17 September 2019 | 30 Miles South Of Ilha Do Fogo, Cape Verde Islands
Day 102 6pm Tuesday 17th September 2019 ( UTC-2 )
It has been said in yachting circles that Gentlemen only Sail to windward when someone fires a gun at them so though no claim to the former I am under orders to go to the opposite ends of the Earth and round the nearest island I can find, headwinds not withstanding. So Hierro it is. Mind you after the last few days of meandering a purpose in life will outweigh the negatives. The signs of Sahara dust are in the air with Fogo barely discernible at 30 miles so here's hoping the causation won't be far behind. For the last few hours we have been totally becalmed so waiting patiently for that long promised steady Nor'Easter.

Getting There

16 September 2019 | 95 Miles South Of Ilha Brava, Cape Verde Islands
Day 101 6pm Monday 16th September 2019 ( UTC-2 )
Getting along at a reasonable click till just after lunch when the wind quickly eased to nothing. Showers started to appear all round and by the time I had one reef in the main and furled the jib out of the nearer one came a comfortable 25 knots. It soon began to rain quite heavily so I donned my mankini and lathered up. The wind eased a little but swung round for the next few hours before getting back to the South West. I have the storm staysail out and we're doing OK while waiting to see if anything comes of a cell not far away.

Reefed Down

15 September 2019 | 200 Miles South Of Ilha De Santiago
Day 100 7pm Sunday 15th September 2019 ( UTC-1 )
Yes the wind finally came in from the South West at the forecast strength of around 20 knots accompanied by quite a few showers. These were hardly squalls but in the gusts enough to dip the deck under so progressively the main was at #2 and the jib furled with only the storm staysail up forward. At the moment this is a bit light on so after dinner I might just be be brave enough to let the jib out. Maybe this surge will carry us through to the Trades albeit with a few calm patches.

Another Dreary Day In The Doldrums

14 September 2019 | 260 Miles South Of Ilha De Santiago
Day 99 7pm Saturday 14th September 2019 ( UTC-1 )
Occasionally it appears that the oft promised South Westerly has set in only to peter out in a few hours. It’s hot and sultry when that happens causing a lack of enthusiasm for anything constructive. The only thing of note is that for the first time in three weeks a ship has just appeared on the AIS screen whose lights may become visible in a couple of hours.

Visitations From Above

13 September 2019 | 300 Miles South Of Cape Verde Islands, 400 Miles South West Of Dakar, Senegal
Day 98 8pm Friday 13th September 2019 ( UTC-1 )
In the late afternoon this cute little fella dropped in. Obviously tired from his long flight he had a short sip of water and then decided to bunk down for the night. He would be about the size of a silver eye.


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