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
24 August 2016
23 August 2016
21 August 2016
19 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 [...]

Union Island

20 February 2015
We made the short passage to Union Island and in doing so, left Grenada and entered St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG). In the small distance that separates the islands, a different cultural feel was evident, adding interest to the visit.
This was to be the first of many anchorages in a lagoon, protected from Atlantic swells by a reef. We declined the boat boys' offers of mooring buoy and dropped anchor in a perfect spot on the outside, the water colour a striking turquoise and crystal clear. Such places are ideal for kite surfing and we were in the middle of it. Some of the more skilled surfers chose to weave at high speed between closely-spaced yachts in the anchorage, raising and lowering their kites to avoid masts and rigging.
We walked to the airstrip where a small customs post doubled as an SVG entry point for air and sea arrivals. The main town of Clifton is a vibrant place with colourful fresh produce vendors all competing for business. We bought vegetables, fresh juices and a 5 lb tuna from Kathy. A couple of days later, we were charmed into doing business with Eleen, who stopped us in the main street.
We walked to the island's second village of Ashton, where the harbour bears the scars of a failed tourist development. After stopping for rest and a drink we caught a local minibus back to Clifton. The chatter in these buses is always interesting, provided that you can understand it. We got a real treat this time as a young lady announced to the bus "I is goin' to Clifton to buy some underwear." She added " could be panties, it could be tights, it could be a ...". "A bra!" said one of the young men helpfully. And so it continued. We were in stitches.
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