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
10 September 2016
04 September 2016
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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 [...]

Aran Islands

30 August 2016
With our eyes on the ferocious weather approaching, we decided to head for good shelter, which meant two very long day sails to the Aran Islands. We headed from Killybegs, around Erris Head in County Mayo, to the tiny remote island of Inishkea, just north of Achill Island. The island is no longer inhabited but was once home to several families. The even tinier adjacent islet of Rusheen was once the site of a Norwegian whaling station and still has the relics of the equipment visible from our anchorage. We arrived late and set off again very early, this time to get around the next headland, the tip of Achill Island. After many miles of motoring, the wind turned in our favour and we had a glorious sail along the north east coast of Inishmore, to its tiny port of Kilronan, where we picked up a mooring ball and settled in to await the storm.
Well, it certainly did blow. We took the opportunity to walk across the island to the south west coast, which bears the full brunt of the Atlantic. The island is geologically a karst landscape, made up of black limestone that has had linear fissures cut through it from the rain. It is an extraordinary sight. The exposed coast rises in huge cliffs above the crashing waves and the remains of several Neolithic forts are still very much in evidence. We explored what is known as the Black Fort, being careful to stay a reasonable distance away from the very precarious overhanging cliff edges.
Our intention to catch the ferry to Galway the following day came to nothing as another look at the weather confirmed out fear that we needed to move soon or else stay put for another week.
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