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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.

Monday, 23 April 2007


53°44.5' N 56°40' W
Chart 5134 Approaches to Cartwright, etc

Canadian Pilot: Labrador and Hudson Bay, ch III, p 185
Admiralty Pilot 50: Newfoundland and Labrador, 12.151

Variation: 26°W (14' E) (1997)
Spring Range approximately 6 ft


Blackguard Bay provides anchorage in the S half of the bay.


Approaching from the E, there is a channel between Indian Head and Cartwright Island, called the Bull Gut, fairly narrow, but with a least depth of 2 fms. Pass S of the three islets.

The approach from the N is straightforward, if either shore is given a good berth - particularly keep clear of Mad Moll, off Cartwright Island.


We anchored off the W shore, opposite Indian head, in 13 ft. It is sheltered from S through W to N. The drying rock SE of the anchorage shows at low water. A northerly swell entered the bay, when visited.

In an E wind, Indian Cove may well provide better shelter, but it was not investigated.

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