Intrepid Travels

Vessel Name: Intrepid Elk
Vessel Make/Model: Outremer catamaran 51
Hailing Port: Fremantle
Crew: Robert and Revle Elks
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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 [...]

Carriacou Carnival

17 February 2015
Today was the highlight of the Carriacou Carnival. We headed up into the hills to watch a very special event: Shakespeare Mas. In the days of the slave trade, it was common practice for plantation owners to showcase their slaves reciting Shakespeare. If a slave muddled his/her lines, he/she would be whipped. Today, the locals (including children as young as six) dress up in wonderful coloured costumes with cardboard-lined headdresses to protect them from the lash of the whip, and recite extracts from Julius Caesar with great gusto, shaking the bells on their ankles, stamping their feet and lashing out with their whips. As they get into the swing of the day, the verbal exchanges become more and more animated, and the elderly folk add their own contributions and encouragement. It is very competitive and very lively! Eventually, everyone has had a turn and it is time to make the journey to Hillsborough for the gathering of all the Mas groups for a final performance and then the parade of bands.
We left the hilltop village and made our way to Hillsborough where we sat in a small wooden shelter on the beach front, drinking in the breathtaking views across the bay to Union Island, and tucking into a plate of Mahi Mahi and salad, washed down with homemade Sorrel juice.
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