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
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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 [...]

Palea Epidavros

10 July 2014
We made our way around the Gulf of Epidavros under motor, practising our man overboard manoeuvers and stopping for lunch at a beautiful spot near the southernmost point. When the winds picked up we continued up the west coast of the Gulf to Palaia Epidavros. We arrived there a little later than usual and the harbour was almost full. We managed to drop anchor in one of the few remaining spots next to the channel. Then moved outside the harbour where the water was much cleaner for swimming.
We took a taxi to the fourth century BC Ancient Epidavros Theatre, about thirty minutes away from the town. This is a truly magnificent archaeological site, with the 14000 seat theatre largely intact and used each summer for performances. The next day we took our dinghy to the small theatre of Epidavros, also from the fourth century. This was a working archaeological excavation with people digging and scraping under shades erected for protection against the hot sun.
Too hot and windless here and we decided that we must go sailing the following day to experience some air movement. So we headed north in the direction of the Corinth Canal hoping to spend the night at the picturesque Selontas Cove. Unfortunately the cove is now filled with fish farms and the remaining water was around 20 m deep. Move on. Richard is arriving in Aegina next week and we are running out of picturesque anchorages in this area. Let's go to Aegina!

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