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
25 February 2020 | Scarborough Marina, Brisbane
21 February 2020
21 February 2020 | 59 Miles To Go
20 February 2020 | 114 Miles East Of Australia
19 February 2020 | 220 Miles East Of Gold Coast Seaway
19 February 2020 | 262 Miles To Gold Coast Seaway
18 February 2020 | 304 Miles East Of Gold Coast Seaway
18 February 2020 | 328 Miles To Go
17 February 2020 | 423 Miles To Go
17 February 2020 | 423 Miles To Go
16 February 2020 | 505 Miles East Of The Gold Coast
15 February 2020 | 617 Miles To Go
14 February 2020 | 755 Miles To Go
13 February 2020 | 888 Miles To The Gold Coast
12 February 2020 | 1032 Miles To The Gold Coast
11 February 2020 | 580 Miles North Of The Waikato
11 February 2020 | 1167 Miles To Home
10 February 2020 | 1300 Miles To Home
10 February 2020 | 1309 Miles To The Gold Coast
09 February 2020 | 1460 Miles To The Gold Coast Seaway
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25 February 2020 | Scarborough Marina, Brisbane

Thank You

D Day Plus 4 7am Wednesday 26th February 2020

21 February 2020

A Definite Maybe ETA

Day 259 6am Saturday 22nd February 2020 (UTC +10 )

21 February 2020 | 59 Miles To Go

All Good

Day 258 6pm Friday 21st February 2020 ( UTC +10 )

20 February 2020 | 114 Miles East Of Australia

ETA Looking Likely

Day 258 6am Friday 21st February 2020

19 February 2020 | 220 Miles East Of Gold Coast Seaway

Amended ETA

Day 257 6am Thursday 20th February 2020

19 February 2020 | 262 Miles To Gold Coast Seaway

Amended ETA

Day 256 10:30pm Wednesday 19th February 2020 ( UTC+10 )

Dodgems? Not!

04 September 2016 | 240 Miles SE of Sydney
Maybe if my Dad had let me had some more practice at dodging things at 5 I could have succeeded in dodging the worst of the weather but it was not to be. Yesterday afternoon in a matter of a few minutes the wind went 25 to 35 to 45 gusting 50 and I managed with great difficulty to furl the only sail up the small staysail and to lay a hull. In addition the strong winds started to lift up the main previously snug in the lazy jacks. With full wet weather gear and safety harness on putting lashings around the main was quite exhilarating, with the beam breaking seas constantly pushing the yacht sideways and giving the impression I was about to be catapulted over the boom. Unfortunately while having this fun I neglected to stow the self steering correctly and as a result a small bolt broke inside of the wind vane casting. Perhaps this could have been fixed but added to this failing batteries and I think a burnout of the runaway wind generator prompted a quick visit to Sydney. Now that wind generator turning uncontrolled at supersonic speed is something else when working just a few feet underneath it. Images of catastrophic failure were best left to later once under the safety of the solid fibreglass cabin. So nothing to it but take to my cosy lee side bunk till morning, often seeing the starboard windows completely underwater. By dawn the wind had eased to 30 knots so unfurled the staysail and at 4 pm still waiting for the wind to stop gusting to 30 knots to set the jib. With limited battery capacity to run the autopilot a certain amount of motoring is envisaged. The poor output of the batteries would not start the engine but fortunately the portable jump starter battery worked perfectly first hit. On the bright side looking forward to visiting friends and rellies in Sydney.
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