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 )

New Love

13 October 2017 | 1235 Miles to St. Helena
7:00pm Friday 13th October 2017 ( UTC+1 ) Yes. I have become completely enamoured of my new found friend the autopilot. Yes. I know these sudden changes of heart can only end in tears - but this time it's different! Previously treated as a casual acquaintance to be used and then discarded without gaining an insight into its sometimes complicated and erratic behaviour the pilot seems to be settling right in as a willing and competent part of the crew. Yes. A healthy appetite for volts and amps and watts but a well fed crew is a happy crew and this varied diet is amply supplied by the windmill and solar panels. Seriously it seems to control the yacht better than the Windpilot especially in quartering seas. To accommodate the extra power useage I hooked up a 12v battery I had been keeping as a spare so there are now three 100ah batteries in parallel which I am confident will handle the pilot through a calm night and should recharge with the solar panels putting out around 6 amps on a sunny day. If they show signs of going flat the plan is to start the engine that has its own starting battery and solar panel which will give me time to set up the Windpilot. Today with the wind on the port quarter to nearly abeam the full main and full jib has us bounding along at nearly eight knots in fifteen knots of wind and even allowing the predicted half knot assist from the Benguela Current this is much better than was being achieved with the wind vane when there was always the tendency to round up.
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