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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


EDWARDS HARBOUR

54º23' N 57º15' W
Chart 5135(M) Approaches to Hamilton Inlet, etc


Canadian Pilot: Labrador and Hudson Bay, ch IV, p 201
Admiralty Pilot 50: Newfoundland and Labrador, 13.68

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

General

Edwards Harbour is a land-locked, keyhole harbour, with a narrow entrance. Use the excellent sketch chart by Jim Watson in the CCA Cruising Guide to the Labrador to enter.

Approach

The entrance is narrow (approximately 30 yds wide) but clear of dangers. There are two rocks to avoid inside the harbour. The first is not far in from the entrance and situated nearly mid-channel. It is a rocky ledge, covered with kelp and is difficult or impossible to see from the surface. The second rock is well into the harbour and dries 3 ft. It is a bald dome of light-coloured granite and when covered, shows as a pale patch in good light.

We passed E of both rocks without difficulty, but there appear to be several rocky ledges extending from the E shore in the vicinity of the first rock, which constrict the channel. The channel to the W of the first rock appears to be deeper and wider than the one to the E, but has a lot more kelp, which makes spotting ledges difficult.

Anchorage

We anchored in 18 ft, sand and weed, beyond the second rock. Holding appeared to be good. Protection is total.

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