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
Recent Blog Posts
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 )

WindPilot Repairs

21 November 2019 | 480 Miles East Of Puerto Deseado, Argentina
Day 167 5pm Thursday 21st November 2019 ( UTC-4 )
I was just gearing myself up to tackle the arduous task of stitching up the main when I noticed that our course was falling away to Port. A glance at the tiller lines showed OK so harness on and down to the blunt or business end and there it was - the auxiliary tiller had snapped off. And this was the spare as I had already lost the other one due to carelessness on my part in a gale round Good Hope. I hadn't secured it high enough and it dipped under in a wave and snapped off the casting which with its bolt would normally allow the tiller to kick up. I wasn't too concerned at the time as I had two autopilots and the Watt & Sea to provide the oomph so I fastened a couple of boards with bolts by drilling through what was left of the casting and bolted on the spare. Not pretty but it has done most of the steering from the Equator Northbound and back. The new plywood tiller is made from one of the mattress supports in the quarter berth so a replacement had to be fabricated from lighter ply and of course all the stores there had to be sorted and rearranged. I deliberately made it a bit shorter and little wider to cut down the bending force and it looks like it's working in the so far light breeze. So tomorrow the first job is to start stitching up the main.



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