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The Adventures of SV Mulan
it's over, rover
Andrew
14/09/2010, Semiahmoo Marina, Blaine, WA

SV Mulan tied up at Semiahmoo Marina at 0745Z Sept 14. The circle is complete. Only missing were the fanfare of a welcoming committee, plus a pass card so we could get a shower! After 24 days, we can probably stay dirty a few more hours until the morning. That's it for now. Team Mulan

0401/1101Z
Andrew
12/09/2010

If, as in the last posting, the low was weather's last laugh, then right after I posted it we hit comedy central. Mulan's entrance into Juan de Fuca Strait wasa not only at night, but in thick fog. That sent us hurrying to the manual section for the radar guide! All night we played dodgem with freighters and cruise ships. Did I ever state how much I love my AIS? At 0401 September 13, Mulan crossed her outbound track, closing the circle on the adventure. On to Blaine, and a hot shower. woohoo! Cheers, Team Mulan

land ho?
Andrew
12/09/2010

If it wasn't so grey & gloomy, we'd be able to see land. As at 1840z, we are 30 miles from our waypoint at the entrance to Juan de Fuca Strait. Yesterday we had a rip roaring sail as a low passed over us, but then a big hand reached out and turned the wind-o-meter from 'gnarly' to 'nada'. Unfortunately the swell-o-meter was on time delay, so we were stuck on 'gnarly' with the wave action for a while. At 0200 local time (west coast summer time, ha!) the iron genny was fired up, and we are now motoring in, in a somewhat inglorious end to the passage. It's grey, damp, and with limited visibility - can't even see a 900 foot cargo ship which we know is only 4 miles away. Interesting night motoring, as salmon season must be open, as there were many fishing boats within visual range. Making slow, conservative progress motoring. Hope to be in Blaine late Monday, but we may struggle against the tides, and US CBP may require us to go into Point Roberts to report in, in which case we will sand-bag on the home stretch in order to get there during daylight hours. cheers, team Mulan

land ho?
Andrew
12/09/2010

If it wasn't so grey & gloomy, we'd be able to see land. As at 1840z, we are 30 miles from our waypoint at the entrance to Juan de Fuca Strait. Yesterday we had a rip roaring sail as a low passed over us, but then a big hand reached out and turned the wind-o-meter from 'gnarly' to 'nada'. Unfortunately the swell-o-meter was on time delay, so we were stuck on 'gnarly' with the wave action for a while. At 0200 local time (west coast summer time, ha!) the iron genny was fired up, and we are now motoring in, in a somewhat inglorious end to the passage. It's grey, damp, and with limited visibility - can't even see a 900 foot cargo ship which we know is only 4 miles away. Interesting night motoring, as salmon season must be open, as there were many fishing boats within visual range. Making slow, conservative progress motoring. Hope to be in Blaine late Monday, but we may struggle against the tides, and US CBP may require us to go into Point Roberts to report in, in which case we will sand-bag on the home stretch in order to get there during daylight hours. cheers, team Mulan

one last bash
Andrew
11/09/2010, 145 miles from Cape Flattery

the weather is having the last laugh - we are bashing away as a low passes over us, and green water washes over us! Not too bad - about 25 knots on the beam, but the swells have built. Also raining . Welcome back to the pacific northwest. The gribs tell us it will dissolve into nothingness in the next few hours, which is too bad as we are making good speed today! cheers, team mulan

windless, again
Andrew
10/09/2010

no recent blog postings as hf propagation has been very poor. we have been having good winds for the past couple of days, buit our luck just abandoned us, 340 miles off the washington coast. that's why I'm on the computer in the dead of night - trying to get a connection to pull down weather gribs. we got excited a couple of days ago - believing our gps was lying - when we spotted a good ol' Georgia Strait type log and a seal. not sure what they were doing 600 miles out to sea, but we were on the high alert for land, just in case. cheers, team mulan

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