Well there we were, boat refuelled, jerry cans filled and secured, boat loaded, even called Fremantle Sea Rescue to log our trip:
Snug and comfortable in our newly enclosed cockpit we departed, having carefully consulted all of the weather forecasts. But sometimes the weather just does not behave. That north-westerly front built quickly, hitting us with 25 knots of take this and not only turned the prospect of our trip to Mindarie into an uncomfortable one, but the weather window for our subsequent two day trip to Geraldton slammed shut with a resounding thud.:-(
Faced with the prospect of an uncomfortable 4 or 5 five days paying extra fees in Mindarie Marina, which is quite exposed in north-westerlies, we reviewed our options and reluctantly decided to return to Fremantle.
On the bright side we have a few extra days to stow the boat contents and complete some of the tasks left outstanding. Weather opens up next week, so mother nature has shown us who is boss and our conservative safety policy sees us snug and safe anxiously awaiting more conducive conditions to begin our long journey.