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
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31 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

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 [...]

Nea Epidavros

14 July 2014
We headed for Aegina, planning to anchor at a few places until moving up to Aegina town. As we approached our chosen spot under motor, we lost all steering. Out came the old-fashioned and beautiful tiller (our emergency steering), and we manoeuvred gently into position, dropping anchor and securing ourselves in the sheltered bay so that Robert could once again impress me with his mechanical detective and fixing skills. Between swims to cool him off, he spent the next three hours in the engine bay, found the problem (a critical pin had popped out) and secured a temporary fix. In doing so, he discovered exactly how the steering system works, another plus!
We had a wonderful sail the next day (for about three hours) back across the gulf. As we were nearing the coastline again, a monohull came screaming towards us, with a man on the bow, gesticulating and calling out to us. It took a while to recognize the man as Mark, our Aegina 'skipper', who sailed with us when we started out from LGM in mid-April. After exchanging pleasantries, and 'see you on Monday', he took off but not before engineering a near collision with IE. Thanks to Robert's quick action, collision was averted but it was a near miss!
With winds rapidly dying, we headed for Nea Epidauros (NE), stopping in an adjacent bay for a lunch stop before securing ourselves to the wharf in the small harbour. NE port is a tiny place but is next to a very popular beach, and hosts sail training for youngsters in the sheltered bay. The vegie truck arrives every morning, followed by the bread van and then milk truck, all announced by klaxon in Greek, so it is a case of making the best guess as to which truck has just arrived (a similar klaxon in Yerakas a few weeks ago announced the arrival of a truck load of toilet rolls!)
NE is at the heart of a fascinating area of Greece, full of ancient remains of Byzantine, Ottoman and Venetian origin, and a place where theatre, the arts, and outdoor sports thrive. It is close enough to Athens and Patras to make it accessible, but far enough to protect it from the hordes. We spent a lovely evening on the beach on the second night, having a meal and watching the locals enjoy the setting sun, the sea and the balmy temperatures, while drinking in the spectacular view across the bay to Aegina, Angistri, Methana and the mainland in the distance.
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