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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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 [...]

Pointe a Pitre

03 April 2015
We visited Pointe a Pitre to collect boxes of parts that had been shipped to the Marina. There was no need to go into the marina so we spent the first night in an anchorage just outside the Marina near the main shipping channel to the port. No sooner had we dropped anchor and were heading for shore on the dinghy than we noticed a massive dredging ship bearing down on Intrepid Elk. A pilot boat signalled to us and another yacht that we had to move out of the way. We raced back, lifted the anchor and moved about 40 m forward and clear of the floating monster.
During our short stay we were able to collect our parts, do some provisioning and stretch our legs. The second night was spent in the lovely anchorage beside Islet du Gosier, outside the harbour, where we were ready for an early start to the west coast of Guadeloupe the following day.
The passage around the South coast of Guadeloupe could be truly described as idyllic with fair winds and following seas, beautiful scenery and a clear sky. We reached high speeds with winds up to 35 kn. Intrepid Elk ate up the miles with ease. Soon we were at Pigeon Island, the site of the famous Cousteau National Park. It was blowing hard so we dropped anchor in the nearby bay and went ashore to walk along the pretty beach full of French people on Easter holidays. It was a colourful sight with souvenir shops, restaurants and bars and dive shops. We looked out for a Wi-Fi signal to download our emails. Unfortunately the Caribbean rule of thumb "great bread and great Wi-Fi cannot coexist" held true and we left disappointed. The following morning we went to the Cousteau Underwater Park by dinghy and had some of the best snorkelling so far. There was much beautiful coral and an abundance of multi-coloured fish that were somewhat over friendly with their nudging and nipping. We soon realised that these fish were used to being fed by snorkelling tourists.
After lunch we moved 10 miles north to the picturesque fishing village of Deshaies (pronounced Day-ay) near the north end of Guadeloupe's West Coast. Deshaies is famous for violent gusting winds in the bay where the wind often howsl down from the mountains in alarming manner. At this stage, all weak jokes about the name of this village had been banned under threat of divorce. "Let's go to Deshaies today eh?" "Let's spend Easter Sunday in Deshaies eh?" Et cetera. In fact we did spend Easter Sunday in Deshaies. We took an early morning hike up the river which soon became a series of pools and small waterfalls in a shady forest. It was a relief from the relentless Caribbean sun but we both sweated buckets in making our way uphill by rock hopping for several hours.
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