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I first crossed the Atlantic in 1975 aboard 'Stormalong', a 28ft Wharram-designed catamaran. Back in the UK, Pete and I bought an ex 6-metre racing yacht, 'Sheila', living on her for 4 years. Wanting to do more and go further with a boat we could completely trust, we built 'Badger' - the best boat in the world - sailing her 110,000 miles, into the Arctic and the Antarctic, around the Atlantics North and South and into the Baltic. She had junk rig - the only rig I ever want to cruise with. Pete wanted to build again - a 38 ft junk-rigged catamaran, 'China Moon' - which he designed. But before the project was finished, we went our separate ways. A year later I joined Trevor Robertson aboard his 35ft 'Iron Bark'. We explored the Canadian Maritimes, crossed the Atlantic twice, wintered in Greenland and crossed the Pacific to Australia and New Zealand. I fell in love with NZ and jumping ship, bought my own boat while Trevor carried on voyaging. I put a junk rig onto ‘Fantail’ and, having decided that N Island offered better cruising opportunities than S Island, sailed up there in 2012. Looking for a boat to see me out, I am now building a 26ft, wood/epoxy junk in Whangarei.

Sunday, 25 March 2007


60°03’ N 64°17’ W
Charts: 4773 Cape Chidley Area, 4774 Approach to Williams Harbour

Canadian Pilot: Labrador and Hudson Bay, ch VI, p 295
Admiralty Pilot 12: Arctic Vol III, 6.11

Variation: 33°W (12’ E) (1997)
Spring Range approximately 10 ft


Iselin Harbour lies between Gordon Point and Tait Point and is to the E of the entrance to Ekortiarsuk Fjord. It provides good shelter except from winds between NW and NE.


The area to the E of the harbour is unsurveyed, but a recommended track is shown, passing N of Pomiuk and Mikak Islands. Chart 4773 also shows a track passing S of Mikak Island, but we found depths of less than 9 ft and abandoned this passage. Chart 4774 shows a survey done in 1952 for the DEW line station at Cape Kakkiviak (there is still a station there).


The very head of the harbour is shoal: we anchored as shown on the sketch chart, in 2 fms, sand, kelp and rocks. Landing ashore is easy.

The abandoned hut appears to have been used by a prospecting party and it is in poor condition.

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