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

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 Gulf

21 July 2014
By the time we had transited the Canal, it was late in the day and we decided to head for the nearest nice anchorage in the Gulf of Corinth. It turned out to be a charming beach village called Paralia, (meaning beach!), on the northern side of the Gulf. The seabed dropped away rapidly from the beach and we found ourselves anchored in 15 m of water, but even then almost among the swimmers. Four young girls on a canoe floated out to us and welcomed us to Greece and told us about themselves. Later on they were lingering near the boat and one of them suddenly announced "you are a beautiful boy" which was of course aimed at Richard. They left giggling and chuckling among themselves.
Another 30 mile passage took us to Ormos Steno, unusually a rather drab sheltered anchorage in this country of spectacular visual delights. It had a Northwest Australia mining camp feel about it and a youth camp nearby which was playing loud rock music interspersed with PA announcements.
In need of food provisions, we stopped at Navpactos, a large town centred on a mediaeval walled harbour with the anachronistic Rion-Antirion Bridge as a backdrop. Navpactos was the site of the very famous sea battle when the Turks were defeated by the English, French and Greeks in 1530, losing 250 ships and 1500 galley slaves. The harbour was too small for boats over 12 m so we had to anchor just outside. We strolled around cobbled streets and shopping areas, dining out at tavernas and stocking up on fresh provisions. We also managed to find a 50 mm mattress to increase the overall thickness of our mattress as our bed is a little too rigid.

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