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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, 22 April 2007


55°27' N 60°13' W
Chart 5047(M), Winsor Harbour Is to Kikkertaksoak Is

Canadian Pilot: Labrador and Hudson Bay, ch V, p 341
Admiralty Pilot 50: Newfoundland and Labrador, 14.48, 14,59
Cruising Guide to the Labrador D-50

Variation: 27°W (14' E) (1997)
Spring Range approximately 7ft


Hopedale is a small settlement with a largely Inuit population.


The approach is straightforward; entering the harbour, keep close N of the green buoy.


We anchored to the N of the red buoy, E of the drying reef, in 23 ft. There are several moorings in the area.

A small fish plant (packing fresh Arctic char, which is air-freighted out) at the government wharf, supplied us with fresh water.

A reasonably large supermarket is situated at the N end of the town, near to the RCMP post. The Lodge, near to the E jetty has a public telephone. The settlement has a post office and a clinic.

One of the Moravian mission buildings was being renovated in 1997, to display their extensive collection of artefacts and old photographs, which are well worth viewing.

A gravel airstrip has regular flights to Goose Bay and Nain. The coastal passage steamer calls every 2 weeks.



Simon Currin said...

Hi Annie, we have just found your blog of your Cruising notes and are very excited to find the detailed notes on Labrador. Our boat is overwintering in Aasiaat, Greenland and we hope to cruise Labrador next season. Your notes will be really helpful. Thank you! Sally & Simon Currin

Annie Hill said...

Thank you for that, Simon. I'm not entirely sure that I ever posted everything that I had. It was a big job and then life moved on. Labrador is, I reckon, just fantastic and, personally, I prefer it to Greenland, not in the least because there seems to be a lot more wildlife. Heaps of polar bears if you get as far as the Button Is or Frobisher. Best of luck.