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 April 2018 | Stanley, Falkland Islands
18 April 2018 | Stanley, Falkland Islands
13 April 2018 | The Camber, Stanley Harbour, Falkland Islands
30 March 2018 | FIC Jetty, Stanley
25 March 2018 | FIC Jetty, Stanley, Falkland Islands
14 March 2018 | FIC Jetty, Stanley
09 March 2018 | FIC Jetty Stanley
08 March 2018 | FIC Jetty, Stanley, Falklands
01 March 2018 | FIC Jetty, Stanley
28 February 2018 | Falkland Islands Company Jetty, Stanley
27 February 2018 | 18 Miles East of Cape Pembroke
27 February 2018 | 18 Miles East of Cape Pembroke
26 February 2018 | 24 Miles South East of Cape Pembroke
25 February 2018 | 75 Miles to Stanley
24 February 2018 | 110 Miles South of Stanley
23 February 2018 | 175 Miles South West of Stanley
22 February 2018 | 265 Miles To Stanley
21 February 2018 | 105 Miles ESE Cape Horn and 360 Miles to Stanley
20 February 2018 | 410 Miles to Cape Pembroke and Stanley, Falklands.
19 February 2018 | 45 Miles WSW Cape Horn
Recent Blog Posts
21 April 2018 | Stanley, Falkland Islands

Demasted

Jason and the launch crew lifted the mast out of L'Eau Commotion with consummate ease. Here it is on the FIC Jetty with Katherine Ann moored alongside.

18 April 2018 | Stanley, Falkland Islands

Katherine Ann & L'Eau Commotion

Here is a shot of Katherine Ann and L'Eau Commotion taken at the FIC Jetty this morning. For those not familiar with my past attempts I sailed Katherine Ann into Stanley Harbour two years ago after capsizing and sustaining some some damage SW of Cape Horn. I sold her to Jason who is in the process of [...]

13 April 2018 | The Camber, Stanley Harbour, Falkland Islands

Getting It Together

7.00pm Friday 13th April 2018 ( UTC-3 )

30 March 2018 | FIC Jetty, Stanley

Equipment

6:00pm Good Friday, 30th March 2018 ( UTC-3 ) Everything that I consider essential to get me back to Southport with a modicum of safety has been ordered and on its way. For electrical power a Watt & Sea Hydrogenerator should arrive shortly. I decided that solar panels were too prone to be wiped out by waves to replace them and just don't have the clear deck space to fit them flat. Again I am not installing a wind generator for the same reason as the blades are susceptible to breakage and occasionally when the wind increases rapidly sometimes the auto braking is slow to stop the very high rotational speed which is rather scary if you have to be working underneath them. I have a small 20 watt solar panel on top of the little dodger over the companionway hatch which keeps the main engine starting battery always nicely topped up and thus can use the engine driven alternator for backup power; in addition I have a stowed 80 watt solar panel I can rig in calm conditions. I intend to install an Echomax active radar enhancer which lights up and sends back a powerful pulse whenever painted by a ships radar. The Raymarine tiller pilot is back in action. It was a dual failure with a corroded wire to the clutch mechanism combined with corrosion in the electronic backbone cable. I will be able to take the mast out here at the FIC Jetty to check the rigging and replace the faulty parts, install a Tricolour masthead light and by replacing the Raymarine wind cable I hope to have the windspeed and direction instrument back in operation. The replacement element for the Katadyn e40 desalinator is also on its way, but of course I still have the manual model 35. Andrez Short, a Kelper with a vast amount of sailing experience out of the Falklands to the North Atlantic as far North as Norway has been wonderful in assisting to get the equipment here as well as fixing the staysail furling mechanism which should be a real boon in heavy weather. Bob McLeod checked out the VHF which seems to be good as I will have a spare to my favourite brand acquired from Andrez, an Icom VHF. I spent an afternoon and then a full day in the museum. The exhibits and accompanying explanations are truly of world class and are housed in buildings dating back to the time of the establishment of the colony in Stanley in the 1840's. The Conflict, the invasion by Argentina in 1982, features strongly in the narrative and brought about huge changes in the lifestyles of the population. This contrast was the more interesting as Barbara and I spent six months here in 1976 after limping in in our little yacht. It is great to yarn with Andrez about times long gone. He is a direct descendant of one of the military pensioners who volunteered to come out here in 1848 and is in the process of refurbishing one of the original cottages, which he owns, built at the same time and just few houses away from that occupied by the first Short. Back in 1976, The Colony, or in PC Speak, Overseas Territory, seemed to be struggling with quite a few failed schemes which tried to diversify the economy away from its almost complete dependence on one product - wool. The economy is now booming with the addition of a large and well managed squid and finfish industry and the likelihood of production starting up of proven oil reserves in the near future. These things were talked about 40 years ago but the threat of Argentine reprisals but a lid on any exploration.

25 March 2018 | FIC Jetty, Stanley, Falkland Islands

One Stop Shop

6:00am Sunday 25th March 2018 ( UTC-3 ) Hello John Thank you for this information. It has always been my intention to get the yacht back to a sound seaworthy condition and then sail direct back to Southport under sail alone. Quite a few people have said why don't you cruise through the South Pacific [...]

14 March 2018 | FIC Jetty, Stanley

Stephen Hawking

9:00am Wednesday 14th March, 2018 ( UTC-3 ) It was with no joy while listening to the late night World Service of the BBC that the news of the death of Stephen Hawking was received. To paraphrase. I may not agree with what he says but I shall always defend his right to say it. Though diagnosed with a form of motor neurone disease in his early twenties by shear willpower he managed to promote throughout his life a different outlook on the origins of us and the Universe we live in and would have been an inspiration to many to live a more complete life despite their own handicaps. Due to my isolation from my fellow man for over 7 months it was perhaps inevitable that I should develop a mild case of the flu over the weekend with the result that follow up on placing and confirming orders has come to a complete standstill. That and the arrival in port of even quite small cruise ships, which tend to overload the satellite net, has seen little advance in the supply situation since my last post.

Homogenisation and the Science of Climate Change

18 December 2017 | 2460 Miles to Cape Horn
9:00am Monday 18th December 2017 ( UTC-2 ) Normally we think of Science as that refined art where observations are made of things around us, their physical attributes measured and recorded and deductions made and tested as to their current state and possible future trends. Not so for the Climate Scientists of Australia. They have taken a whole new approach to the subject by first establishing and describing the dire outcomes to which we are doomed and then manipulating the data to illustrate the devastation that awaits us. Language is as important in Science as it is in all other aspects of our society so the first task undertaken by the Climate Scientist is to educate the young such that things which once appeared to be good are in fact the opposite and are indeed bad. I bring attention to their basic catchphrase Global Warming, Carbon Dioxide and the Greenhouse Effect and the implication that each and every one of these things is indeed bad and in combination catastrophic. Let us look at these individually and then as a whole. First of all - Global Warming is bad. Throughout the Pleistocene from 2 million years ago to 11,000 years ago when much of the Northern Hemisphere lay under extensive glaciation modern man as he evolved barely managed to survive with little to seperate him from his antecedents, but with the Warming that set in and its attendant agriculture and civilisation he rapidly became the unique creature we are today. Of particular note that in times of greater warmth productivity and progress accelerated, in times of cooling famine plague and pestilence prevailed. Next - Carbon Dioxide is Bad As young students in a previous Century we were taught that Carbon and the Carbon Cycle were an essential part of our very existence. Plants absorbed by photosynthesis the minuscule traces of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to produce carbohydrates and proteins without which our bodies would soon cease to function. Ongoing research has unequivocally illustrated that with higher concentrations of carbon dioxide and a warmer atmosphere this productivity will continue to increase and as we enjoy ever increasing agricultural output we can divert much of this to our domestic animals so we can enjoy their milk and meat. Our young students of this Century are taught only that carbon dioxide is bad and to go home and tell their Mummies and Daddies to stop destroying the Planet. To Round it Out - Greenhouses are Bad Yes we tell our kiddies if their Mummies and Daddies don't desist from destroying the only planet we have by lighting up that gas barbecue and turning fresh meat into a frizzle we will follow their fate and fry as the Greenhouse Effect takes hold. So the climate Scientist has turned something that was previously held to be good, a Greenhouse where by increased warmth from the glass roof and the coke fires that also extended the growing season and exponentially the output of edible food, into something that is bad. Realising there are still a few adults left who have yet to be convinced that something that is good is in fact bad the Climate Scientist still has a few tricks up his sleeve. One of his best is to present data which undeniably shows a definite trend and then blandly state that in fact the opposite is happening. I bring attention to that popular shibboleth that we in the West with our wanton ways are causing the drastic rise in sea level and destroying the idyllic existence and swamping the very homes of our Pacific Island neighbours. One of the poster children of this thesis is the Island nation of Kiribati complete with pictures of mounds of plastic garbage as their nation disappears beneath the waves. There is only one catch to this which is not often publicised. A sea level gauge installed on that island in 1985 shows that in fact the sea level is, very slightly, receding. Look it up if it's still on the Australian Bureau of Meteorology Web Site, which also shows many re adings throughout that region with only small long term fluctuations. And I might add, look it up quickly before the Climate Scientist realises this oversight and homogenises the readings. Now until recently homogenisation was usually associated with full cream milk at your local supermarket until the strange matter of the RAAF temperature records at Amberley Aircraft Base arose. Taken to a rigid protocol since 1945, these written records show a steady but slight decrease in temperature over the last 70 years which is not in accordance with the Climate Scientist Scenario. You would think this would require some explanation but the Climatologist has a simpler solution. He states blandly that he has homogenised the records with a formula the operation of which is no ones concern but his, and the new readings now reflect the dire predictions already taken to be true and unquestionable. Now you might think this a pretty neat piece of legerdemain but wait theres more! Not only has he altered the written record he has altered the language he used to so do. Any etymological scholar will tell you that the word homogenisation is used to describe the operation of preventing the cream rising so easily to the top but in the broader sense to mix and make similar. But the climatologist has gone one better. He has now altered the word to convey it as an illusory increase in the written data and perhaps at the same time the very meaning of the word Science.
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