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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


54°53.7' N 58°03.2' W
Chart 5044(M) Cape Harrison to Dog Islands

Canadian Pilot: Labrador and Hudson Bay, ch V, p 222
Admiralty Pilot 50: Newfoundland and Labrador, 14.22
Cruising Guide to the Labrador C-100

Variation: 29°W (15' E) (1997)
Spring Range approximately 7 ft


Webeck Harbour is too open to be safe in heavy weather, but is a useful anchorage in settled conditions.

Approach and anchorage

Grave Bay is a shallow, sandy cove on the S shore of Webeck Harbour. The bottom is flat and level sand, but has a depth of only 4 ft 6 ins at low water springs. Swinging room inside the cove is restricted by at least one boulder, standing 1 to 2 ft above the otherwise level bottom.

Iron Bark, with 5 ft of draught, grounded on hard sand at low water springs, then bounced off a boulder several times, after lifting off with the tide. The anchorage is only really usable by a shoal draught vessel, preferably on a neap tide. Unfortunately, there is no other good anchorage within easy reach.

The cabins in Grave Bay are derelict.

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