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 )

Throttle Back

20 October 2017 | 135 Miles SE of St. Helena
7:30pm Friday 20th October 2017 ( UTC ) Had a good fast run through the night with everything under control but as the morning progressed and the speed getting up to an average of nine knots things started to get out of hand. The wind had gradually increased to about 24 knots and the autopilot would have the yacht rounding up or falling away. When the whops! became whaps! It was time to furl the asymmetrical which worked out well - a little out on the sheet, a few turns and so forth. It was much more comfortable with just the poled out jib and we were still making over 7 knots so some housework was completed. As it was still comfortable it was time to take up some slack in the under deck wire cables that connect the steering wheel with the steering quadrant. Much thought was put in to whether to heave too or climb down into the very limited space in the lazarette with the electric ram pushing in and out all the time and the possibility of getting caught up in the machinery as against disconnecting it and having the rudder slamming against the stops. The first was done but much care taken with placement of tools and fingers. I have shown enthusiasm for the electric autopilot but current supply had become a problem with overcast sky and very little apparent wind for the Silentwind to contribute much so now the Windpilot is back in favour though much tweaking is still in progress with just the asymmetrical sheeted to the boom.
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