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 [...]

Back to the North Sea

25 May 2016
We could easily have stayed in Oslo a little longer but the opportunity to leave with good northerly winds was too tempting. We set off in the afternoon and made our way southwards to an anchorage on the west side of the Oslo fjord, which turned out to be a naval base. We arrived about 9 PM cold, exhausted and hungry. Baked potatoes had been quietly cooking in the oven and we were able to eat immediately and to watch - of all things - the Eurovision Grand Final whilst the cold wind howled outside. This sailing life certainly builds an appetite. Bread and honey have become a favourite filler.
The Oslo fjord is about 50 miles long and is mostly very pretty, with wooded hills, small towns and houses here and there. The water looks very clean despite some turbidity from spring run-off and the many passenger ships and ferries plying the fjord. The sun shone brightly as we left the fjord and headed west. The landscape was low lying and sparsely wooded, with a sprinkling of islands between the coast and open water. These are called skjaergard, as opposed to skargard in Sweden! We found a stunning anchorage off a rock beach on the lee side of a small island and relaxed after a 58 M passage. The following day we stopped in the pretty traditional fishing village of Lyngor, with quaint brightly coloured wooden houses built along the water.
We are getting used to sailing again after a long break. So much of what was routine last year needs to be re-learnt. The main sail has remained in its bag so far. We have been sailing downwind in medium to strong winds for the last two weeks. A big headsail only is perfect and not much effort to manage.
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