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
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
19 February 2018 | 10 Miles North of Diego Ramirez
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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.

09 March 2018 | FIC Jetty Stanley

A Good Excuse

5:00pm Friday 9th March 2018 ( UTC-3 ) The predicted 25 knot wind gradually increased from almost calm at daybreak to around that figure by 11:00am when it gradually swung round to its present direction of North West. It is probably blowing about 40 knots at the moment with a little more forecast later in the day but fortunately backing more to the West. The 25 knots is about as much as I would like to be in as the fetch in Stanley Harbour of one mile results in quite a chop and is about the limit for these very large fenders. I was reluctant to follow the suggestion of putting out an anchor to keep L'Eau Commotion clear of the wharf as it could interfere with the operation of their launch Speedwell but even though the riding was OK it would provide a little more assurance. I have 100 metres of 10 mm nylon on the CQR which should have enough stretch to keep me comfortable. The Falklands radio has just confirmed gale force winds so today and tonight will be spent on the yacht keeping and eye on the lines and fende rs. With regards to the AIS and VHF I do have both but the AIS was always a little bit weak though adequate - it only failed in the last week or so of the journey. The VHF likewise tends to go scratchy and staticy after a while so will be replaced by, to me, the gold standard in communications, Icom. Anita expressed the thought that maybe I could restart from here and get The Horn out of the way while I and the boat are still fresh but for quite a few reasons the rules do not allow this so the plan is now to leave Stanley and if possible continue the route round Cape Horn non stop to Brisbane. Again I would pass many fascinating South Sea islands but not having a tender or good anchor chain and windlass this is impractical.

Frontal Weather

25 December 2017 | 1788 Miles to Cape Horn
6:00pm Monday 25th December 2017 ( UTC-3 ) I first became acquainted with PredictWind when I accompanied Lex and Joanne Sylvester on their yacht Trompantana on a voyage from Scarborough, Brisbane to Sydney. The PredictWind gave good weather but what particularly impressed me was when Joanne got out her laptop and called a fresh Southerly change just off Newcastle which allowed a good positioning and preparedness. The strength,direction and timing of the change were spot on and so it was last night. Right on time and being controlled by the WindPilot the track showed a rapid veering to the left with little change in wind speed so the small amount of headsail was furled completely and the double reefed main gybed. By the time all was snugged down the wind had reached its 40 knots from the South East and with the main spilling the excess wind a solid but controllable run through the night was experienced. The wind had eased to about 30 knots at daybreak but it was not till 10:00am that I was able to let out a little of t he jib and get tramping away on course. It was then time to start into the important part of this festive day an cut the first slice of the Christmas cake that Chrissy made for me. Absolutely perfect after the six months on board thanks no doubt the addition of an organically sourced natural preservative of which I was assured would in no way contravene my temperance vows. Thank you, Chrissy. As is customary for generations of my family I was having a little nap after Christmas dinner when it was disturbed by a flapping out of control jib. The self steering operates through a drum on the steering wheel which in turn has a chain and wire rope linkage to the steering quadrant and with dread first indications seemed to indicate the parting of the wire rope. I have spare rope and clamps but it could be a complicated task to renew. Fortunately it was found that this 25mm SS tube had fractured and it was a relatively simple work around to have us once again speeding along under double reefed main and full jib. As a footnote, Joanne, under her name Joanne van Os is a published author with the very interesting and gripping tale " Outback Heart " --------------060505070704070605000707--
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