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
01 September 2016
31 August 2016
30 August 2016
27 August 2016
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21 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


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 [...]


02 July 2014
Slowly recovering from the Ionian Sea passage. This sea life is certainly busy and we need our sleep. Zakynthos is definitely in Greece but doesn't look much like the Greece we visited in 1985. We are rediscovering the Greek alphabet which helps to make some Greek words almost understandable. The spoken language remains a mystery and I am endlessly impressed by those who can speak it. There is always something happening in the harbour. Passenger ferries come and go from Cephalonia or the mainland. The shopping and commercial area is just a few hundred metres from our yacht. The shops are open long hours and there are not yet a lot of shoppers. Our hose was not long enough to reach the tap so I borrowed a longer hose on a reel from a Belgian couple nearby. The husband Richard said that he would like to cruise many Greek islands this summer but his wife was not that keen so they had to stay close around Zakynthos. He said "in Belgium we say you must keep the church in the centre of the village". I discussed this with Revle afterwards and we decided that it must be the Belgian equivalent of "happy wife, happy life".
Anyhow, that gave me an idea that we should have a hose reel. I went in search of a hardware shop and eventually found one that should work. It will need some modification to fit nicely into a locker. What came as a surprise was that the French 5/8 inch hose is significantly smaller than the Greek 5/8 inch hose so joining the 2 requires some brute force and ingenuity.
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