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March 21, 2012, 8:39 pm, Bellingham

Been in Bellingham for 4 days now, had a day skiing up at Mt Baker with a friend. Conditions were fantastic, sunshine, clear skies and LOTS of snow. Weather here in the marina last couple of nights has been very windy, although today much better, 2nd day if spring. Bellingham is a lovely town, lots of students, funky shops, cares and breweries

Here till Friday and then on to Vancouver

North to Alaska
October 10, 2011, 1:16 am, San Juan Island

Windjammer is currently tied up alongside at Shipyard Cove Marina at Friday Harbor and will remain there until early spring while we attend to business in Australia. We had a wonderful cruise around these stunning Islands and met some really interesting people with a common interest in classic boats. We also sailed down to Seattle then to Port Townsend for the wooden boat festival before returning home to Friday Harbor.

Day 20
August 24, 2011, 1:09 pm, North West Pacific

Only four miles off Cape Flattery. It's 7 am and the fog has totally enveloped us with visibility of less than 50m. Lots of shipping and what must be the entire fishing fleet is out and about, keeping us on our toes and me in front of the radar. Its weird arriving on a distant shore after 2500 miles and not being able to see it. Once we round the cape then its 6 miles down the strait to Neah Bay where we intend refuelling and berthing overnight. There is a small commercial harbour which is located on an Indian reservation on the US side of Juan De Fuca Strait. Sounds like an interesting stop as there is an archaeological site of an ancient Indian village buried by a mudslide prior to contact with whites. There is a wager as to who will be the first to spot North America! so I better get up on deck. ASHLEY

200 miles to go
August 23, 2011, 6:28 pm, North West Pacific

Just over 200 miles to go to the entrance of the Juan de Fuca strait. As usual after a long passage everyone is looking forward to making landfall.. Have had a brilliant sail since early this morning, clear day, sun shining and heading in the right direction at about 8 knots on a beam reach. Doesn't get much better than this. The Juan de Fuca strait has a bit of a reputation for being quite wild at times, not as bad as Cook Strait I understand but can get quite windy and steep seas. If all goes according to plan we should be arriving at the entrance around 7pm local time. The current weather forecast for that area is supposed to be quite calm so here's hoping it stays that way. The plan is to continue through and make landfall at Friday Harbour in the San Juan Island where we will spend a few days before heading to Port Townsend for the wooden boat festival. From there its onto the Gulf Islands and Victoria on Vancouver Island, so lots planned for September.


Day 17
August 22, 2011, 12:54 pm, North West Pacific

All good things must come to an end, our perfect sailing conditions did! these were replaced by strong winds and short steep seas from astern requiring concentrated helming with the the occasional drenching from a recalcitrant wave, they seem to like Mike. Really foghorn weather with visibility down to 2 miles and wet. We had a ship pass us within 8 miles and couldn't see it. The entire inside of the boat is damp and my mattress is wet again - argh.... The good thing though was that we covered 365 miles in two days (200 miles in 24 hours). Last night the wind dropped down to 12 knots and swung around to the west so shook out the reefs set the balloon jib and had a good night sleep. This morning the sun is out, and the hatches are open, Mike is cooking up porridge with maple syrup so we're all happy little vegimites again.

Day 15
August 20, 2011, 8:25 am, North West Pacific

Running before a fresh 20kn breeze at the moment, had to drop the fisherman earlier but still carrying the balloon jib and hitting "coconuts" (10 knots) on the log. Now only 690 miles from the entrance to Juan De Fuca Straits and starting to see an increase in ship traffic mainly on the California and Korea/Japan run. The AIS is proving to be a great addition to our navigation tools giving us early warning at little cost in terms of power consumption. Cathie had an inspired day in the galley, baking pizzas for lunch fresh breads and to top it all Beef Burgundy followed by butterscotch desert, yum. Its 4.30am at the moment and Mike has just arrived to over the watch so I'm off to my bunk and warm doona - its quite cold and we are all rugged up with jumpers and beenies or "toqu's"as its called in Canada - G'night Ashley

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