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 )

A Swell Time In The Southern Ocean

03 August 2017 | 30 Miles SE of Portland Harbour, Victoria
This morning before dawn L'Eau Commotion sailed out of Bass Strait into the Southern Ocean as she passed a line between Cape Otway and fittingly named Cape Farewell on King Island. For much of the time in Bass Strait the seas were dead flat, though after nightfall some slight swell was evident. By this morning however the swells were large even and smooth but with the associated problem in that the horizontal movement is equal to the vertical. In the very slight following breeze this tended to momentarily becalm the yacht just as the swell approached with the subsequent slatting of the sails. This problem was ameliorated by a course more to starboard than originally planned but fortunately also one subsequently predicted by the weather program. All in all a very pleasant and productive days sail. The current predicament I now face is in the matter of the sea anchor. Earlier forecasts of 35 knots + had me definitely deploying and sitting it out for a day or so. Now at 25 to 30 knots the resolve is weakening - " I can handle that - Press On " vs " What's another day with all systems safe and sound " . The latter sounds the better. A propos of ships that pass in the night they all seem to give a margin of one mile. I think it is more good seamanship on their part than good luck, but of course once my proximity alarm goes off I keep a good eye on 'em to keep 'em honest!
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