Intrepid Travels

Vessel Name: Intrepid Elk
Vessel Make/Model: Outremer catamaran 51
Hailing Port: Fremantle
Crew: Robert and Revle Elks
16 May 2017
06 October 2016
30 September 2016
22 September 2016
18 September 2016
17 September 2016
14 September 2016
13 September 2016
12 September 2016
10 September 2016
04 September 2016
01 September 2016
31 August 2016
30 August 2016
27 August 2016
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23 August 2016
21 August 2016
19 August 2016
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16 May 2017

Cherbourg encore

We are reunited with Intrepid Elk after a winter/summer separation and it is good to be home again. IE has had a facelift and her shiny white hulls are dazzling once more. She has a beautiful new bimini (shade cover) over the helm seat, which Robert designed and which was fabricated in Portsmouth and [...]

06 October 2016

IE preparation for winter

Our sailing days for this year are over and we are once again busy getting IE ready for a winter in the northern hemisphere. This year, she will be in the water for most of the time, with a short interlude on land in a large painting shed, where she will have her hulls painted. In order to get her into [...]

30 September 2016

Cherbourg, France

It was an inky black moonless night as we slipped out of the river and across the sand bar with fishing vessel Emma Louise behind us. Revle was on the bowsprit with a spotlight looking for hazards ahead. I was at the helm, peering at our chartplotter and concentrating on following our inward track. [...]

22 September 2016


We made a motoring passage of 35 miles to Plymouth Sound, then battled against strong currents up the Tamar River to an anchorage at West Mud where we spent a peaceful night. Plymouth has been a major naval base for centuries and we had some close encounters with modern navy ships in the harbour. We [...]

18 September 2016


Our passage to Falmouth took us past The Lizard, a projecting headland with a ferocious tidal race. We passed a little too close and got caught in the race which was too bumpy for comfort. Approaching the Falmouth harbour, we had the excitement of crossing our track from June 2015 when we made landfall [...]

17 September 2016


We left the Isles of Scilly early in the morning to catch a light northerly wind to Land's End and the fishing port of Newlyn, just south of Penzance. We couldn't believe our luck, having another gentle passage through one of the most treacherous and notorious waterways in northern Europe. We galloped [...]

Arzichena, Sardinia

16 August 2014
To our astonishment, we got back to an email from Fabio, saying that not only was he was in Sardinia, but he was only about 50 miles away, sailing in our direction! A few emails later, we had agreed a meeting point and the next day set off in very strong winds with three reefs in the main sail, north and then west to Arzachena. There we found Fabio and his 4 fellow travellers, 3 men and a young woman.
We literally 'flew' into the Gulf of Arzichena, greeted by Fabio wildly gesticulating on the bow of their Grey X-Yachts 55 foot monohull. Soon afterwards, safely anchored and feeling very windswept, we joined Fabio on a brief visit to shore, enjoying his company and the wonderful opportunity to find out more about the Italian culture (including what food to buy!)
It turned out that we had arrived on the 15th of August, midsummer holiday in Italy. We were invited to join Fabio and his shipmates for a celebratory dinner that evening, and headed off at the very late hour (for us) of 9 pm, for dinner at Fufo's restaurant. The meal was excellent, with delicious 'carpaccio' (very thin slices) of various types of fish, followed by pasta. Fabio, and his friend, were wonderful company and we really enjoyed the conversation and their zest for life, and sense of humour (his friend is a dentist but always tells people he is a postman, so he avoids having a consultation with every person he meets!) The rest of Fabio's crew are like a set out of Coronation Street or Neighbours: the 67 year old owner of the boat, his 27 year old girlfriend, and her father. We watched and listened to the remarkable interactions between them all and felt quite sad, despite the humorous manner in which Fabio described the antics of his 'crew'.

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