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 [...]

Kirkehamn

01 June 2016
A small significant date has passed - we left Perth one month ago. It is wonderful to sleep in on Intrepid Elk but we had to leave Mandal at 6am to catch wind to take us around Lindesnes. This is southern Norway's notorious headland, with its oldest lighthouse and a fearsome reputation. Being the headland exposed to North Atlantic and North Sea storms, the weather can change suddenly. We were more than a little nervous as we passed, but the tension eased as we saw it would be kind to us.
The coastal landscape has been mostly low-lying since Oslo. Now small mountains were rising, many with wind turbines as we started to head up the west coast.
After 8 hours of motoring and sailing we entered a small fjord leading to the pretty fishing village of Kirkehamn. The signage was minimal to say the least and we tied up at an old ice works that had been converted into a very cozy restaurant. The elderly patrons were startled to see these strange visitors. The magic of this place we stumbled upon soon became apparent, with its traditional wooden houses, spring flowers and singing birds. We visited Flekkefjord, a regional town one hour away on a bus and ferry. It was a beautiful town with an old Dutch quarter. The houses are a traditional whitewashed weatherboard style and many are hundreds of years old.
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