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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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 [...]

St George’s

13 February 2015
This morning we upped anchor and took off once more, this time just a short hop around the corner to the picturesque anchorage in the main town and port of St George's, where the buildings around the Carenage reflect a colourful colonial and busy shipping past (both English and French). Once ashore, we ended up spending at least a couple of hours in the local museum where 'Liz' provided us with a somewhat convoluted and rambling commentary on the island's past, as well as telling us her own story. She married a Guyanan lawyer in the 50s and the two of them worked in 'black' London until retirement, when they moved to Grenada and built a small house (with a few nutmeg trees) and settled here. Once alone again (it was difficult to get away!), we immersed ourselves in the museum memorabilia of the Grenadian revolution and the Cuban and US involvement, before joining the throng at the local market, climbing up to Fort George, and buying fish from the wharfside. One last item on the shopping list was a transformer, and the search for this took us to ACE hardware, which did not have what we were looking for, so we asked where else we could try. 'Try Eli Postle' the man advised, so we set off to follow his directions, only to find that the shop we were looking for was 'LA Purcell'; something had got lost in translation!
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