Intrepid Travels

Vessel Name: Intrepid Elk
Vessel Make/Model: Outremer catamaran 51
Hailing Port: Fremantle
Crew: Robert and Revle Elks
16 May 2017
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30 September 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

Plymouth

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

Falmouth

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

Newlyn

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 [...]

Girolata

06 September 2014
Our next stop on the journey up the Corsican coast took us past the prominent red cliffs of Cap Rossu and round into the Golfe of Porto, renowned for being one of UNESCO's World Heritage sites. We had timed our departure so that we would arrive here before the afternoon winds built up, and that was a good move! We motored close to the awe-inspiring cliffs rising up steeply from the water, wondering at the vista of mountain beyond mountain as far as the eye could see, with fluffy clouds hovering over the tops. As we crossed the Gulf, we put up the sails and had a short but lovely sail across to our destination: the tiny port of Girolata, accessible only by boat, and in the heart of the nature reserve of La Scandola.
We were helped on to a mooring, with an orientation that put us looking back out into the bay, with the cliffs rising on both sides of us. The tiny village here consists of just a few rustic restaurants and houses for the workers. There is a large, well hidden, area for the collection of refuse (rubbish has to be sorted into compostable, recyclable or other waste); as there is no access here by road, all refuse has to be taken out by boat (or, twice a year, by helicopter). There is a strong feeling of the need to look after the environment, which is a pleasure to see.
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