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
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12 September 2016
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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 [...]

Meganisi

25 July 2014
As planned, we set off in the morning, heading for Levkas via the Ithaca channel. The winds were flukey and light until we left the channel, when we had beautiful winds to carry us across to Levkas where we found a glorious anchorage and anchored stern-to using our new lines (from Piraeus) and teaching Richard to do the swim-and -knot routine. After the first hour, we found ourselves alone in the cove, watching the birds and fish and exploring the small cave just behind the boat. Robert got Alan and Richard to help with hull scrubbing and even Victoria did her bit with the scrubbing brush! We got out the new folding chairs and set them up on the trampoline while we enjoyed sun downers and the cooling of the day.
By all reports, we all had a good and peaceful night and woke to a hot morning and light winds. By noon, we were on our way, Robert and Alan playing with sail trimming as we moved slowly into the Meganisi channel together with an amazing number of other yachts (more than we had ever seen in one day!) We found another pristine anchorage where we stopped for lunch, a swim and a good chat, before another short leg that took us to Vathi, in Meganisi.
Vathi provided the opportunity to fill the tanks, connect to shore power so we could use the washing machine, and restock our depleted fruit and vegetable supplies. There was also a pleasant walk around the headland to the next bay and Vathi itself was a nice enough place but a there were too many visiting yachts with their non-Greek passengers and crew for my liking. Richard and I did find the local coffee shop, however, where we were the only intruders and we were surrounded by Greek men having their morning chin wag.

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