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
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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 race: Regate de yoles

15 March 2015
Well, Intrepid Elk has to stay in Le Marin for repairs. The leak we noticed on the crossing to Martinique has proven to be more than a trickle and the glass panel needs to be removed and re-attached in its entirety. The work begins this week and will take several days.
In the meantime, we are making the most of the time and had a day out on Thursday, catching the local 'taxi-collectifs' (TCs) from Marin to Le Vauclin and on to Le Francois, where we had a Creole meal looking out over the Atlantic coast. The TCs have a very rough schedule but essentially depart when there are enough people on board to make it a viable journey. It is impossible to be in a hurry to get anywhere and you just have to go with the flow. Travelling this way is always interesting and gives us a glimpse of local life on the islands. On a separate trip, we took the dinghy over to Ste Anne and spent two very pleasant hours walking in the forests and mangroves along the beach going south/west.
We met up with Atraxia again, sad to hear that they sustained major damage to their old wooden mast on another island crossing and are mast-less and wondering how to rescue the situation. They have been very helpful with advice about possible over-wintering options for IE later this year.
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