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 )

Brushing Off My Concerns

31 August 2019 | 310 Miles South East of Ascension
Day 85 7pm Saturday 31st August 2019 ( UTC-1 )
The breeze of around sixteen to eighteen knots was from almost dead astern so I decided to ease out another reef in the main. This brought about the occasional swerve but instead of reducing sail I upped the Sensitivity on the Raymarine 200 Autopilot to Cruising from Leisure. To my surprise and delight this handled the situation so well I let fly with the full main and again the pilot took it in its stride averaging over seven knots. The reason I have been keeping the sensitivity low was the concern the DC motor driving the hydraulic pump would wear down its carbon brushes though the manufacturer says it should be good for three years of normal use and the techie showed me one that had lasted ten years in a trawler so I'm going for broke. The Watt & Sea hydrogenerator is pumping out the amps and keeping the voltage at 13+, always a good thing when running 12v DC motors. As a bonus there is less swerving when a wave tries to kick the stern around or when coming to the end of a surge down the admittedly quite small swell so the sailing has been really comfortable in a cabin temperature barely reaching 26C.
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