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
21 August 2019
21 August 2019 | 1270 Miles to Hierro
21 August 2019 | 570 Miles North West of Capetown South Africa
20 August 2019 | 440 Miles North West Of Capetown South Africa
19 August 2019 | 310 Miles NW Of Capetown South Africa
18 August 2019 | 180 Miles North West Of Capetown South Africa
17 August 2019 | 65 Miles West Of Capetown South Africa
16 August 2019 | 85 Miles South of Cape Of Good Hope
16 August 2019 | 90 Miles South of Cape Agulhas
14 August 2019 | 190 Miles WSW of Cape Agulhas
13 August 2019 | 100 Miles SSW of Port Elizabeth, South Africa
13 August 2019 | 100 Miles SSW Port Elizabeth
12 August 2019 | 75 Miles East of Port Elizabeth, South Africa
11 August 2019 | 145 Miles East of Port Elizabeth, South Africa
10 August 2019 | 240 Miles East of Port Elizabeth
09 August 2019 | 380 Miles East of Port Elizabeth, South Africa
08 August 2019 | 460 Miles East of Port Elizabeth, South Africa
07 August 2019 | 560 Miles East of Port Elizabeth, South Africa
06 August 2019 | 680 Miles East of Port Elizabeth, South Africa
05 August 2019 | 680 Miles Due East of East London, South Africa
Recent Blog Posts
21 August 2019

Sorry for the Confusion

It seems I have reposted a blog from two years back. See if I fare any better this time through the doldrums.

21 August 2019 | 1270 Miles to Hierro

In the Doldrums

6:00pm Thursday 2nd November 2017 ( UTC-2 ) After settling down last night I decided to carry a double reefed main through the rest of the night night but by morning it was obviously not enough. A little breezy now and then in the showers but mostly just enough wind to maintain a course. Some time was spent drifting aimlessly. No luck with diverting power supply to the wind instrument so it's been left to recuperate. What I thought last night might have been frayed lines used to shorten sail just turned out to be wraps of adjusting cord wound up by the shaking. Everything else seems OK. No amount of finessing would have got me through this frustrating ITCZ - it stretches continuously right across the Atlantic from West Africa to Brazil but hopefully we will be through by Saturday. An interesting side affect of these massive thunderheads is that they interfere with the Iridium communication system which is also slightly less efficient due to the wider spacing at the Equator of the Polar orbits of the low height satellites and hence I couldn't get my blog out last night. The almost full moon looks a little gritty tonight and I hope it's because of the Sahara dust in the North East Trades. Wishful thinking?

21 August 2019 | 570 Miles North West of Capetown South Africa

Light n' Easy

Day 75 8pm Wednesday 21st August 2019 ( UTC +1 )

20 August 2019 | 440 Miles North West Of Capetown South Africa

Not Quite In The Zone

Day74 8pm Tuesday 20th August 2019 ( UTC +1 )

19 August 2019 | 310 Miles NW Of Capetown South Africa

Domestic Duties

Day 73 9pm Monday 19th August 2019 ( UTC +1 )

18 August 2019 | 180 Miles North West Of Capetown South Africa

Caught Napping

Day 72 8pm Sunday 18th August 2019 ( UTC +1 )

Underway

14 September 2016
Just a brief note to say that the voyage has officially commenced.Thanks very much to the hospitality extended by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia a very pleasant week was spent in Sydney at Rushcutters Bay, and I thank the Commodore and Committee for their generosity in allowing me stay in the duckpond. The official start time of 10:23:50 EST 15/09/2016 was recorded by Justine, the CYCA Sailing master and taken from Hornby Light with the transit of North Head Light, Sydney Harbour and I thank her for her time and interest.
A blustery but favourable NW wind had me flying over the start line under double reefed main and staysail. I'm now off Maroubra Beach and after a few lulls under the cliffs of Dover Heights the forecast 30 knots seem to be about right so I'll stick to this conservative setup.
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