Intrepid Travels

Vessel Name: Intrepid Elk
Vessel Make/Model: Outremer catamaran 51
Hailing Port: Fremantle
Crew: Robert and Revle Elks
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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 [...]

Isles of Scilly

14 September 2016
With a friendly seal pup waving goodbye, we left Baltimore Harbour for our passage to the Isles of Scilly, about 150 miles to the south-east. Since these islands offer no place of refuge in strong winds or heavy swell, we were fortunate to have good conditions for the 2 days that we wanted to stay. Light northerly winds pushed us along through rain, fog, then a clear night sky with a moonlit water highway until dawn. All the way we were regularly visited by hundreds of dolphins, taking turns to escort us towards our destination. We were grateful for a relatively gentle passage. Approaching the Isles of Scilly from the west, a magnificent view greeted us of the outlying islands and Bishops Lighthouse, the western most lighthouse of the British Isles.
We made for the Porth Cressa anchorage on the south side of St Mary's - the main island of the Scilly group. It was a lovely bay that was perfect for the northerly winds and at the back of Hugh Town. The only problem was that there was no place to land our dinghy so we had to drag it up the beach above the high watermark. This was a huge effort and got us focused on what to do about dinghy handling in similar places in the future. I am investigating beach wheels and even a lighter outboard. Hugh Town has a wonderful museum showing archaeological evidence of human occupation back to about 3000 BC, when the islands were all joined together as one. The other important part of its history is of the countless shipwrecks for many centuries. In earlier times, due to lack of communication, ships would strike reefs around the sparsely populated islands and disappear without trace. The wrecked cargoes provided a valuable bounty for the inhabitants. The museum provided a remarkable collection of photos and accounts of shipwrecks from passengers, crew and eventually the brave rowers of lifeboats. We walked around the town, visiting old fortifications and gardens, and soaked up the unique atmosphere. When we got back to the Porth Cressa beach, our dinghy was just about ready to float away on the rising tide. A friendly Frenchman had taken matters in hand putting out our small anchor into the beach sand to stop it from drifting away.
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