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
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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 Lucia

07 March 2015
The next morning we set off to cross St Vincent passage to St Lucia. As we passed around the appropriately named Cape Roll we hit the trade winds and Atlantic swell. Then rain squalls hit and we were soon in very stormy conditions. Things got worse when instruments failed and we had to steer by hand. Then we noticed a burning smell coming from the saloon. Visibility reduced to about 100 m as the rain became intense and we used radar to see other vessels as the winds built to about 40 kn. The burning smell became very strong so we shut down all power. It certainly was handy to have a third crew member on board to share the hand steering in the next 4 hours. We got to St Lucia and limped into the Pitons anchorage. Investigations showed a leak through a front window seal which had caused a short circuit. We informed the factory and must now stop when we get to Martinique for repairs. In the meantime we continue our voyage without instruments or autopilot.
We spent two pleasant nights anchored in the Pitons and Soufriere before motoring up the coast against strong winds to Rodney Bay on the north-west corner of St Lucia. We spent one night anchored in the Bay and then moved into the Rodney Bay Marina in the hope of getting our instrument problems investigated. We found a company specialising in navigation electronics. They looked at the problems but were unable to find the source of the problem will make any temporary repairs. So we spent the time relaxing, shopping and doing cleaning and maintenance. Each evening, Fabio led us in a yoga class on the trampoline. It was difficult at first coping with all the stares, but then we realised that some other yachties do this. It is very important to maintain flexibility as being on board the yacht limits the amount of exercise and normal movement that we used to have with our land lives. So we will continue.
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