Intrepid Travels

Vessel Name: Intrepid Elk
Vessel Make/Model: Outremer catamaran 51
Hailing Port: Fremantle
Crew: Robert and Revle Elks
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30 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

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 [...]

St Vincent

01 March 2015
Our Italian friend Fabio arrived on the ferry from Kingstown, St Vincent. He was passing the Caribbean, on his way to Italy, after visiting Columbia. We had a good old chin wag, not having seen him since August last year in Sardinia. Then up came the anchor and we departed for Mustique, just 13 M away.
Our itinerary with Fabio changed a few times as we watched weather forecasts in the days before his arrival. Mustique was somewhere to sail to with the strong ENE trades blowing. We took an overnight mooring buoy in Britannia Bay as dropping anchor is forbidden. They have an endless stream of yachties who are willing to pay the outrageous mooring fees or have their wallets emptied at Basil's café in the Bay. The attraction is that this place was made famous by Princess Margaret in the 60s, and there is a small chance that one may spot Mick Jagger, David Bowie or some other superstar on holiday here.
Mustique is like no other Caribbean island, being filled with the mansions of the rich and famous. There are no villages or SVG civilians, just employees of the Mustique Company, tending to the presentation and maintenance of a certain look and feel. We had an enjoyable walk around the island, passing many motorised golf buggies, which are the main means of transport.
The following day we sailed north to St Vincent, stopping at the pretty Young Island for lunch, then off to Wallilabou overnight. This idyllic small bay with jungle backdrop made it ideal as a film location for Pirates of the Caribbean and is still promoting itself as a pirate-themed destination. It has been downhill since those heady days and most of the sets are forlorn and crumbling as the locals rely on small numbers of visiting yachts for their livelihood. The stopover included a visit to the immigration office at Barrouallie in the next bay where we got a close look at a very deprived village.
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