I feel exhausted, what a day – I am checked into the USA and have been granted a six month cruising visa. This morning I departed Canoe Cove at ten in brilliant sunshine and a cold crisp air. There was no wind as I motored out and across Haro Strait towards the US. At just after eleven I entered USA waters. An hour later I was visited by three US Coastguard guys in a flash rib, they had all the gear strapped on. They were doing a boating safety check, very courteous and polite but they were very business-like.
At three in the afternoon we arrived at Friday Harbour and I tied up at the customs dock to check in. After a call on the free phone on the dock I was invited to the Boarder Protection office in town. Off I trekked with my passport and ships papers. An hour later, after a bit of to and fro I was in possession of a cruising permit valid for six months.
At each place I stop in the US I have to call in my position by phone and provide my cruising permit number, this is a bit of a chore, I suppose I need to buy a USA sim so I can comply. The penalty for non-compliance is potentially life changing.
I need some refreshment and feed, this evening I will head up the road and find a suitable watering hole. After all I need to celebrate breaking free of Canoe Cove and starting my journey south.