|Vessel Name:||L'Eau Commotion|
|Vessel Make/Model:||Northshore 38|
|Hailing Port:||Brisbane Australia|
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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.
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.