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
30 August 2016
27 August 2016
24 August 2016
23 August 2016
21 August 2016
19 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 [...]

Killybegs

27 August 2016
The journey around Rathlin O'Byrne was a mixture of sailing and motoring in moderate conditions. The sun came out at last, just in time for us to see the cliffs of the famous Slieve Liege in all their majesty. It was wonderful to have good visibility to see the full beauty of this spectacular coastline. We arrived at our destination of Killybegs, or 'little churches', early enough to tie up to the harbour wharf for a few hours as we got water, fuel and provisions, as well as receiving and installing the new main sail halyard. It was a very busy afternoon, with both of us minding the lines and trying to protect IE as we fell further and further down the wall as the tide went out. We were very glad to untie and head for the anchorage.
Killybegs is a major fishing port, with some very large boats based here, bringing considerable wealth to the area. It is not a place used to many visiting yachts but that may change when the new pontoons are opened next week, making life much easier for sailing boats. However, what the place lacks in facilities is more than compensated by the willingness of the harbourmaster to assist with anything and everything you could need.
Our plan to visit Donegal by bus fell through as our gas supply ran out and our priorities changed. The extra time in Killybegs provided the opportunity to find more of local interest and we spent a fascinating hour or more in the carpet making museum, where we learnt much more than the history of the famous Donegal carpets.
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