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
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04 September 2016
01 September 2016
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 [...]

Corinth Canal

18 July 2014
We set off early in the morning for the Corinth Canal, hoping to arrive there early and minimise our waiting time for the passage. The wind forecast suggested very light winds but as is usually the case in Greece, the local effects are more important. So we had 10 to 20 kn winds on the nose for most of the way. We tacked up wind to within about 6 miles of the canal and motored the rest of the way. We completed the formalities at the canal office and took the opportunity to fill up with diesel from a man with a small diesel tanker that the wharf. He went to great pains to explain how his green/yellow diesel was the real thing whereas others might sell us inferior brown or black diesel. He insisted that we take a sample with us as a colour guide for future diesel purchases. In the end I persuaded him that we could just photograph his sample.
We had a short wait of just one hour before they radioed us to join a convoy of one ship and three yachts heading west. What a magnificent example of early engineering is the Corinth Canal. Completed in the late nineteenth century, it is one of many examples of extraordinary man-made achievements without the assistance of modern equipment and technology. The sides of the narrow canal are mostly vertical through rock and there are occasional widening sections which might be intentional for vessels to turn around or they might be bomb damage from the Second World War or perhaps landslides. Because the canal is so narrow, ships must be towed by a tug boat to ensure that they stay central. It was quite a sight going through and the sunlight and shadows on the cut rock surfaces against the deep blue water made our passage a memorable experience.

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