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
Recent Blog Posts
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 )

Learning The Ropes

19 August 2017 | 100 Miles ESE Esperance WA
11pm Saturday 18th August 2017. Even though I have covered quite a few miles in L'Eau Commotion very little has been done in strong following conditions and I had hoped that the poled out headsail, in this case the small staysail, would balance the double reefed main. Not to be and as the winds increased to over 25 knots the yacht kept rounding up till I eventually doused the main amongst much flogging and cussing. I then found the poled out jib needed no balancing and even in stronger puffs the tendency to round up was minimal and self correcting, so one of my concerns, to wit, the ability of the yacht to run straight downwind was alleviated. Of course hand steering and even the autopilot will handle this easily but I don't want to overuse it as autopilots have a reputation for wearing out and it is so handy to have during sail changes. Unfortunately the top batten of the mainsail broke during this kerfuffle but I took it out and seems repairable. Longer range weather indicates that I may be able to round Cape Leeuwin without too much stuffing around although having said that, with recent practice, I'm getting quite good at.
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