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
20 July 2019 | 840 Miles East of Rodriguez
20 July 2019
19 July 2019 | 990 Miles East of Rodriguez
18 July 2019 | 1160 Miles East of Rodriguez
17 July 2019 | 1325 Miles East of Rodriguez
16 July 2019 | 1470 Miles East of Rodriguez
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
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20 July 2019 | 840 Miles East of Rodriguez

Progress Comparison

Day 43 8pm Saturday 20th July 2019 ( UTC +6 )

20 July 2019

Progress Comparison

Day 43 Comparison KA, Loco1, Loco2 Sydney 34S 4 5 5 Melbourne 145E 11 10 10 Leeuwin 115 E 33 34 26 Nominal 80E 52 50 43 Nominal 50 E 65 65 ?? Aguhlas 20 E 82 80 ??

19 July 2019 | 990 Miles East of Rodriguez

Roughing It

Day 42 8pm Friday 19th July 2019 ( UTC+6 )

18 July 2019 | 1160 Miles East of Rodriguez

Sail Setting

Day 41 8pm Thursday 18th July 2019 ( UTC+6 )

17 July 2019 | 1325 Miles East of Rodriguez

Uncomfortable Lunchtime

Day 40 8pm Wednesday 17th July 2019 ( UTC+6 )

16 July 2019 | 1470 Miles East of Rodriguez

Cruising Along

Day 39 8pm Tuesday 16th July 2019 ( UTC+6 )

Progress Comparison

20 July 2019 | 840 Miles East of Rodriguez
Day 43 8pm Saturday 20th July 2019 ( UTC +6 )
I was asked how my progress was comparing with that achieved in Katherine Ann and the first completion in L'Eau Commotion so I was going through the logbooks and got a chart out which I set aside but I think ended up on the Sailblogs without explanation. The stats set out here are pretty close but no attempt was made to get more precision than a day give or take and for Sydney no compensation for longitude or for the others no compensation for latitude was made.KA is of course Katherine Ann, Loco1 the completed circumnavigation and Loco2 the current attempt. As can be seen I am about a week ahead of my last attempt and only9 days ahead of Katherine Ann.
Comparison KA, Loco1, Loco2
Sydney 34S 4 5 5
Melbourne 145E 11 10 10
Leeuwin 115 E 33 34 26
Nominal 80E 52 50 43
Nominal 50 E 65 65 ??
Aguhlas 20 E 82 80 ??
On occasion like just now the large swells break right on the side of L'Eau Commotion sending everything flying that's not nailed down but after a few moments of indecision we're away again. Lots of sharp squalls intermixed with bright sunshine has us averaging close to 7 knots under the full jib and half furled staysail and fully stowed main. The full staysail was tending to blanket the jib but now they are really working in harmony in an almost following breeze of 25 to 30 knots.

Progress Comparison

20 July 2019
Day 43 Comparison KA, Loco1, Loco2 Sydney 34S 4 5 5 Melbourne 145E 11 10 10 Leeuwin 115 E 33 34 26 Nominal 80E 52 50 43 Nominal 50 E 65 65 ?? Aguhlas 20 E 82 80 ??

Roughing It

19 July 2019 | 990 Miles East of Rodriguez
Day 42 8pm Friday 19th July 2019 ( UTC+6 )
Things were starting to get out of hand this morning with rising seas and lots of white caps so the yacht was eased into the breeze and the main lowered and snugged away with a few well placed sail ties. All the forecasts said thirty knots which would have been about right but of course there are lulls and at other times it is stronger so simple tasks round the galley often had me thrown around, but apart from a bit of bark missing no bruises. With just a small amount of jib to steady the course and the staysail, average speeds close to eight knots were often seen on the speedo. The wind may ease a little in the morning and go more to the East so I may just pole out the jib. Maybe.

Sail Setting

18 July 2019 | 1160 Miles East of Rodriguez
Day 41 8pm Thursday 18th July 2019 ( UTC+6 )
On my previous circumnavigation in L'Eau Commotion to maintain balance with the Windpilot I often found I was taking in the first reef in the mainsail in the relatively light winds over 14 knots. Accordingly when it was decided to retire the rather tired main which had some 40,000 miles on her, in consultation with my sailmakers Jesse and Adrian of Switch sails we decided the new main should be 500mm shorter on the boom and 330mm shorter on the luff ( because David Lambourne had cut that much off the top of the mast ).Further the roach is straight and two very deep reef points were put in so that the sail area can be much reduced. Now separately but relevant I now have a hydraulic ram operating in conjunction with the Raymarine 200 autopilot and of course the Watt & Sea to pump out the Amps so that I can use the autopilot at any or all times, so the steering is no longer a problem whatever the sail balance. Now I mentioned yesterday that I was reducing the jib area and using the staysail as well. Well as the winds from the Port quarter gradually increased during the day I fully furled the jib and then the staysail so now I am using the double reefed main alone which because of the imbalance the Windpilot could not handle. The yacht would either round up or fall away with the danger of an uncontrolled gibe but with the autopilot this is no longer the case - it really does sense a yaw or luff quite early in the cycle and any wave breaking on the aft quarter is handled with aplomb. It also means in stronger winds I won't have to have a poled out jib when nearly before the wind which can be a real bother when the seemingly inevitable gybe occurs. For a preventer on the boom I now run a guy right from the stem and back to a winch in the cockpit which gives a certain amount of flexibility when the boom dips in the drink but at the same time keeps it well under control. All this means we have been travelling comfortably at better than seven knots in sometimes steep and breaking seas in the odd squall.

Uncomfortable Lunchtime

17 July 2019 | 1325 Miles East of Rodriguez
Day 40 8pm Wednesday 17th July 2019 ( UTC+6 )
With the forecast for increasing wind and leaden skies two reefs were put in the main at 6am which with the full jib served well but as midday approached squalls and then light and variable winds set up a confused sea and many course changes were required to keep the sails full and the jerky motion bearable. This continued through much of the afternoon but we have now found a sweet spot with two thirds of the jib furled and the staysail set. Because of the jerky motion the desalinator kept sucking in air bubbles and required restarting quite a few times. I'm sure this can't be good for the membrane so after three hours of operation it was shut down. There were no birds working so I concluded there would be no fish biting and stowed the lure for a nicer day.

Cruising Along

16 July 2019 | 1470 Miles East of Rodriguez
Day 39 8pm Tuesday 16th July 2019 ( UTC+6 )
A very pleasant day was spent under mostly bright sunny skies with just a few short misty rain showers. The breeze has been steady around 15 knots from ESE and a moderate SE swell has us making around 150 miles for the day with the full mainsail and jib. The cabin and sea temperatures both at 26C make things just about perfect though yet another day without catching a fish. I am now trying a plastic squid with a deep running device that keeps it several metres below the surface. Maybe tomorrow I'll try the deep runner with a 4# Barra spoon.
L'Eau Commotion's Photos - Main
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