Part of Rob’s retirement plan is more sailing. As well as more day sails out of Fremantle since he retired at the end of August, we enjoyed our 1st long sail for 2 years from 31st December to 12th January.
After celebrating Jeanette’s birthday with her, Christopher and Elwyn, we loaded all our bags into the car and headed for Fremantle Sailing Club. We stowed everything on the boat and cooked dinner.
Next morning we got up at 5 to leave early to get to Mandurah. Good sail along the coast😊🐬
We had showers at the Mandurah marina, chatted with fellow sailors and stayed there for the night.
Next morning we were up at 4:15. It would be a longer day. We had a good sail to Bunbury enjoying being on the sea.
Our few days in Bunbury included catching up again with Peter who built our boat, and lunch with our fellow sailors on one of the other yachts. We sat out very strong winds and helped rescue another yacht that drifted towards the shipping channel 30 minutes before a ship was due to leave the harbour. The owner was not on board and some of our fellow sailors got on board and motored it to safety.
Once the winds settled we sailed to Quindalup. A magic anchorage near Dunsborough. We enjoyed a couple of days there then the weather forecast another spell of big winds.
Another very early morning start and we had a great sail back to Bunbury.
Next day we had an even earlier start to sail back to Fremantle. We had to motor for a long time before the sea breeze arrived. Once it did we had great fast sailing!
We arrived in Fremantle Sailing Club after 6pm. The strong wind arrived by 7pm along with low clouds, blasting through the marina!
Celebrating our lovely trip over dinner as the wind raged outside, we were very grateful. We had got back to the sea and returned safely👏🐬