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
22 September 2016
18 September 2016
17 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 [...]

Poros

05 July 2014
The island of Nisos Soupia, where we anchored for the night, looks like a crouching frog from almost any angle. You can make out the frog's eyes and its hind and forelegs. A few trees have grown in the right places to emphasise this illusion.
The next day, we headed for the tourist magnet of Poros, which happened to be on our route. The channel through Poros is a little like a highway with ferries and charter boats darting around a very narrow strait with 3 to 4 m water depth and a very strong current. We anchored in Navy Bay, a former Greek naval facility and went into the town for our shopping. On the waterfront the tourist is well looked after with bars, cafes and souvenir shops. We got our provisions and decided that we had now "done Poros" and there was really no need to linger.
With a couple of days of very strong winds forecast, we found a safe anchorage about 1 mile away at Russian Bay. This was formerly a Russian naval base until the 1830s and is now a picture perfect bay with historic ruins. It certainly did provide good shelter from the Meltemi winds and this meant that other boats were seeking shelter in the same place, including one particularly bad mannered super yacht owner. The Meltemi winds did come and our little Aussie anchor was well tested once again.

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