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
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04 September 2016
01 September 2016
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 [...]

Boat building

18 February 2015
Catching local buses is always entertaining and a great way to see the islands as well as get a taste of island life. We caught the bus to the NE corner of Carriacou, to a small fishing village called Windward, to see the traditional boat building. Windward, as its name suggests, faces into the prevailing winds but is somewhat sheltered from the Atlantic swells by an extensive reef that is clearly visible from the shore, highlighted by several ship wrecks that confront you with the dangers of this rugged coastline. The boat building tradition was handed down by the old Scottish settlers and is still carried out in this tiny settlement. As luck would have it, there was activity in the boat yard, which is just a partially fenced off area on the beach. A client in St Barts had ordered a boat for use in the tourist/charter industry, and the yard had promised a May delivery, so the wooden frame was well under way. We stood in the shade of the palm trees, chatting to the supervisor, and watched the men at work. It is a labour intensive process but no-one seems in any hurry and the typical Caribbean atmosphere of calm was all pervasive. We did wonder if the boat would be ready this May or next!
The other highlight of the day was taking possession of a lobster. It is not uncommon in these islands to have a small dinghy suddenly arrive alongside, and be offered a lobster for sale. Usually we politely decline but today we took the plunge and bought one. We both agree that managing a live lobster on board, with limited space and utensils, is quite a challenge and one we will not take on again lightly (although the end result was delicious)!
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