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
16 January 2020 | 465 Miles NNE Of Pitcairn Island
15 January 2020 | 575 Miles North East Of Pitcairn Island
14 January 2020 | 620 Miles North East Of Pitcairn Island
13 January 2020 | 680 Miles North East Of Pitcairn Island
12 January 2020 | 760 Miles NE Of Pitcairn Island
11 January 2020 | 830 Miles ENE Of Pitcairn Island
10 January 2020 | 910 Miles NNE Of Pitcairn Island
09 January 2020 | 990 Miles East Of Pitcairn Island
08 January 2020 | 1080 Miles East Of Pitcairn Island
07 January 2020 | 330 Miles Due North Of Easter Island
06 January 2020 | 300 Miles NNN Of Easter Island
05 January 2020 | 330 Miles North East Of Easter Island
04 January 2020 | 420 Miles North East Of Easter Island
03 January 2020 | 525 Miles East Of Easter Island
02 January 2020 | 610 Miles East Of Easter Island
01 January 2020 | 675 Miles East Of Easter Island
31 December 2019 | 770 Miles East Of Easter Island
30 December 2019 | 870 Miles East Of Easter Island
29 December 2019 | 920 Miles East Of Easter Island
28 December 2019 | 1030 Miles East Of Easter Island
Recent Blog Posts
16 January 2020 | 465 Miles NNE Of Pitcairn Island

A Few Answers

Day 223 12 Noon Thursday 16th January 2020 ( UTC-8 )

15 January 2020 | 575 Miles North East Of Pitcairn Island

Two's Company

Day 222 12 Noon Wednesday 15th January 2020 ( UTC-8 )

14 January 2020 | 620 Miles North East Of Pitcairn Island

Birthday

Day 221 12 Noon January 14th 2020 ( UTC-8 )

13 January 2020 | 680 Miles North East Of Pitcairn Island

Zero Carbon Candelas

Day 220 12 Noon Monday 13th January 2020 ( UTC-8 )

12 January 2020 | 760 Miles NE Of Pitcairn Island

The Route

Day 219 12 Noon Sunday 12th January 2020 ( UTC-8 )

11 January 2020 | 830 Miles ENE Of Pitcairn Island

Fair Wear And Tear

Day 218 12 Noon Saturday 11th January 2020 ( UTC-8 )

A Few Answers

16 January 2020 | 465 Miles NNE Of Pitcairn Island
Day 223 12 Noon Thursday 16th January 2020 ( UTC-8 )
Marcia my passenger certainly fits the description of a Dark Morph and to my surprise is still comfortably perched on the pulpit. Thanks for the research. Leigh my journey this time certainly started at the Gold Coast Seaway, Southport, Queensland and that's where I plan to finish in, hopefully, seven or eight weeks time. I can't see the GIS track but I assume after appearing for a certain number of months it cleans up as it goes. Bruce at this time of the year there is always the elephant in the atmosphere in the form of the North West Monsoon coming into contact with the South East Trades and should the conditions be right can form into a Tropical Cyclone. There has been one already this year called Sarai which crossed my proposed track with quite strong winds and the current convergence zone could well produce another but any influence will most likely be well to the West of my intended position. Subsequent lows could have an effect but that's for the future. At the moment we are travelling quite well wing and wing on a course taking us just North of Isles Gambier ( Mangareva )

Two's Company

15 January 2020 | 575 Miles North East Of Pitcairn Island
Day 222 12 Noon Wednesday 15th January 2020 ( UTC-8 )
This little gannet has obviously more faith in the GRIB files than I have at the moment as he joined me at dusk yesterday and is determined to stick it out despite frequent calms and wind shifts. He has been dislodged from his perch on the pulpit several times as the jib is furled and reset and the main gybed and reefed in a fruitless attempt to gain some meaningful miles and was having trouble alighting in the dark until I switched on the landing lights. I don't know what type he is but is distinctive in a rich brown coat with blue beak and bright red legs.


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Birthday

14 January 2020 | 620 Miles North East Of Pitcairn Island
Day 221 12 Noon January 14th 2020 ( UTC-8 )
Thank you all for your kind wishes. It looks like we will still be heading North West till tomorrow morning and then looking forward to a nice reach for nearly a week. In the meantime progress varies between pleasant but slow to desultory and uncomfortable but we are getting closer to home.

Zero Carbon Candelas

13 January 2020 | 680 Miles North East Of Pitcairn Island
Day 220 12 Noon Monday 13th January 2020 ( UTC-8 )
The Tidey Family again came to the rescue with this very special birthday cake but alas in my thoughtless rush to get going I forgot to acquire the requisite number of candles. Not to disappoint them I rummaged around in the glory box and came up with this source which put out the correct number of candelas and as you can see being carbon neutral should contribute, in its own small way, toward saving the planet; mind you I almost blew a fuse attempting to blow it out when I found a quick whisk on the wires sufficed.
We are still a little North of the preferred track but seem to be skirting the outer fringes of that High so by tomorrow we will finally set course for home. I must add though that the conditions are really quite pleasant if a trifle on the quiet side.

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The Route

12 January 2020 | 760 Miles NE Of Pitcairn Island
Day 219 12 Noon Sunday 12th January 2020 ( UTC-8 )
On my large scale charts I don't have King George Islands marked so to give you an idea of what's in mind I plan to pass under the Tuomotus, of which Isles Gambier or Mangareva is the South Eastern outlier and then under the Austral Group Of which Rapa is the South Eastern outlier. Looking at Jimmy and Ivan Cornell's Wind Atlas this should still be in the Trades while trying as much as possible to keep South of the North West Monsoon influence and at the same time lie in a belt of approximately 20S to 25S which is favoured by current Grib Files. I would also like to not have to thread my way if further North through the numerous atolls of the Tuomotus, a.k.a. The Dangerous Archipelago. A very quiet night has been followed all morning by welcome freshening of the North East breeze.

Fair Wear And Tear

11 January 2020 | 830 Miles ENE Of Pitcairn Island
Day 218 12 Noon Saturday 11th January 2020 ( UTC-8 )
Always great to get news from afar so Congratulations Adrian for winning the Australian Championship in the Arrow Class Catamaran. With that fresh in the mind it was time to put out more sail so I shook out the last reef in the main and surveyed my handiwork. Despite repeated attempts to unsee it a rip remained in the upper part of the sail where it was rubbing on the outer shroud so down she came. The thought of taking off the sail soon gave way to the much simpler idea of stitching the sail by repeatedly going round the mast stitching through from each side. The tear/wear was in two parts totalling two hand spans and despite the mileage and fancy footwork the repair was finished in short order. Sorry Jesse -I’ll take more care in future and only run with the first or second reef when by snugging down the vang the sail is kept clear of the rigging. I’m just about right for water and with food to spare it's now just a game of patience with one card short in the pack and that's the wind.
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