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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12 September 2016
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04 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 [...]

Guadeloupe again

01 April 2015
Well, we did get away. After a much needed evening out together at a beachside restaurant only 2 minute's walk from the boat (Robert at last got a steak for dinner, a rarity in the islands), we spent the weekend tidying up the mess (while the work continued) and provisioning. As the sun came up on Monday morning, we were sailing again. It is a long way for a day sail from Le Marin to Roseau, in Dominica, but we had good winds and crossed the channel between the islands like a racing car! Our mooring in Roseau was 'interesting': dropping anchor and tying stern lines to a jetty that had seen better times, while managing a rolling swell which threatened to beach us! We were assisted by Pancho (of Pancho Services) who then looked after us during our stay. Pancho is a character, with his wild Rasta hair, good humour and a winning smile. He is one of the 'boat boys' who offer their services to visiting yachts, which include organising visits to the interior of the island.
We enjoyed Roseau. For a capital city, it has a low key charm with a vibrant atmosphere and a sense of pride. We were moved by a statue of a slave, set in the middle of the road, erected in tribute to the slaves of old and their contribution to the culture of the island. In these islands, the history of slavery is never far from one's thoughts.
With half a day remaining to see a bit more of this wonderful island, we joined a large group of Polish men in a mini van and set off for the rugged interior and Trafalgar Falls. Although we did not warm to the guide or group, the spectacular vegetation and familiar smells captivated us once again. We got away on our own and drank in the view of the falls and then soaked in the hot sulphur springs at their base. What a treat.
We set off again at dawn today, in heavy rain, poor visibility and changing winds. By midday, we were into the crossing and strong winds and we raced across the channel and back into Pointe a Pitre, just in time to get fuel and settle before the sun set.

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