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 November 2019 | 525 Miles Off The Coast Of Argentina
17 November 2019 | 550 Miles Due East Of Peninsula Valdez, Argentina
16 November 2019 | 560 Miles East Of Baia Blanca
15 November 2019 | 630 Miles East Of Baia Blanca, Argentina
14 November 2019 | 680 Miles East of Bahia Blanca, Argentina
13 November 2019 | 540 Miles East Of Mar Del Plata, Argentina
12 November 2019 | 540 Miles East Of Montevideo, Uruguay
11 November 2019 | 455 Miles Due East of Brazil - Uruguay Border
10 November 2019 | 450 Miles Off The Brazil Coast
10 November 2019 | In The Horse Latitudes
10 November 2019 | In The Horse Latitudes
09 November 2019 | 420 Miles East of Porto Alegre, Brazil
08 November 2019 | 440 Miles Off The Coast At Porto Alegre
07 November 2019 | 430 Miles Off The Coast Of Brazil
06 November 2019 | 400 Miles Off The Brazil Coast
05 November 2019 | 7545 Miles Due East Of Noosa, Queensland, Australia
04 November 2019 | 420 Miles East Of Santos, Brazil
03 November 2019 | 260 Miles East of Rio
02 November 2019 | 270 Miles ENE Cabo Frio
01 November 2019 | 210 Miles East Of Regencia, Brazil
Recent Blog Posts
18 November 2019 | 525 Miles Off The Coast Of Argentina

Going Well

Day 164 5pm Monday 18th November 2019 ( UTC-3 )

17 November 2019 | 550 Miles Due East Of Peninsula Valdez, Argentina

A Pleasant Day

Day 163 Sunday 17th November 2019 ( UTC-3 )

16 November 2019 | 560 Miles East Of Baia Blanca

The Awful Forties

Day 162 5pm Saturday 16th November 2019 ( UTC-3 )

15 November 2019 | 630 Miles East Of Baia Blanca, Argentina

Variables

Day 161 Friday 15th November 2019 ( UTC-3 )

14 November 2019 | 680 Miles East of Bahia Blanca, Argentina

Strife Begins At Forty

Day 160 5pm Thursday 14th November 2019 ( UTC-3 )

13 November 2019 | 540 Miles East Of Mar Del Plata, Argentina

Elevenses

Day 159 5pm Wednesday 13th November 2019 ( UTC-3 )

Going Well

18 November 2019 | 525 Miles Off The Coast Of Argentina
Day 164 5pm Monday 18th November 2019 ( UTC-3 )
A nice run through the night was followed by a solid slog to windward all day with a good average of over six knots under single reefed main and storm staysail. I mention storm staysail quite often as it is labelled as such and coloured red but I think it could have been designed for a larger yacht. Cut flat it really complements the single reefed main in about 18 knots and the double up to 24. We are expecting 30+ knots tomorrow evening and I am thinking of just the double reefed main bare to maintain our Westing, which is going to plan as the outlook to the East of The Falklands is decidedly gnarly.

A Pleasant Day

17 November 2019 | 550 Miles Due East Of Peninsula Valdez, Argentina
Day 163 Sunday 17th November 2019 ( UTC-3 )
By 7pm last night a gentle breeze came up and full sail was set till 11pm when it was decided to put two reefs in the main and the storm staysail. Things eased off so back with all sail at 3am. As the early dawn broke the wind eased off to such an extent that the surface of the sea was like glass with not the slightest ripple but somewhere above a zephyr was wafting us along at an incredible two to three knots. Of course the wind vane was totally ineffective but the autopilot handled it beautifully only taking a sip now and then of the ample amps supplied due to the perfectly clear air. With both panels put out the desal was run for five hours and at the same time the batteries are fresh as. A little troubling over the last few days was I was unable to start the main so in the ideal flat calm the suspect main switch nominal 600 amps with Off, 1, 1+2, and 2 was disassembled and an extra washer was put behind the spring to take up the wear and all seems good again. We are steaming along now at 6 to 7 knots in a moderate Nor'Wester which is not expected to get too strong.

The Awful Forties

16 November 2019 | 560 Miles East Of Baia Blanca
Day 162 5pm Saturday 16th November 2019 ( UTC-3 )
I was caught napping again last night and we headed slowly North from midnight for a couple of hours before we were back on course. The wind had increased a little by then and good time was made in the quartering Nor'Wester with the jib poled to leeward till 6am when it got a bit willing so was furled and the storm staysail set. Lunch time saw the pole down and stored, permanently till we hit the Trades and the jib out again till a little while ago with a threatening change which now has us becalmed. All this and not even a full day gone by with similar prospects for at least another two days. And they speak of the Roaring Forties.

Variables

15 November 2019 | 630 Miles East Of Baia Blanca, Argentina
Day 161 Friday 15th November 2019 ( UTC-3 )
Storm force winds well to the North East and strong Northerlies to the East have combined with what could be strong currents to give large and confused swells. While not at all dangerous the effect of this is to prevent full sail as there are sharp but irregular puffs on occasion as we pop up out of the troughs so we are carrying only a single reefed main and storm staysail into a direct headwind and our course is West North West instead of South West. As a consolation this is also the recommended route so we will carry this until a soon to be expected Northerly change. I guess in the future I shan't be boring you with the minutiae and just give you the facts.

Strife Begins At Forty

14 November 2019 | 680 Miles East of Bahia Blanca, Argentina
Day 160 5pm Thursday 14th November 2019 ( UTC-3 )
An uncomfortable day has been spent running before winds averaging 35 knots with lulls and rain squalls. Quite a large swell has developed which is all a bit disorganised with the result L’Eau Commotion is often tossed or slammed or running down the odd face with an unpleasant swerve at the bottom. Only just now is the wind easing though the confused sea remains and I will have to work out what is the best sail combination. None of this threatens the integrity of the ship but moving about on deck and cooking in the galley has to be done with care. Looking ahead into The Forties is the interesting part as the winds are likely to be very variable in intensity and strength with lots of headwinds, calms and two seperate occasions of fifty knots near The Falklands so the plan is to keep well to the West.

Elevenses

13 November 2019 | 540 Miles East Of Mar Del Plata, Argentina
Day 159 5pm Wednesday 13th November 2019 ( UTC-3 )
If you forecast wind strengths on the Beaufort Scale at Force 9 to Force 11, Strong Gale to Violent Storm, often enough somebody is sure to take notice and that somebody was me. Accordingly the main is doused and lashed to the boom with it guyed centrally and the jib, poled to Port, is furled right down and the storm staysail is sheeted flat, almost fore and aft, to Starboard. Most of the programs show 25 knots at the moment increasing to perhaps 40 overnight in which case I will completely furl the jib which is quite controllable in its diminished size. To my surprise I managed to eat all but one helping of the Dorado which unfortunately had reached its use-by date.
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