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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°27' N 57°13' W
Charts: 5042(M) Cut Throat Island to Quaker Hat; 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


Indian Harbour lies between Indian Island and Mundy Island, at the N side of Groswater Bay.


The approach from the S is fairly straightforward and it is possible to pass either side of Indian Island. Approaching from the N is more complicated, with many islands, islets and shoals – however, the smaller scale chart, 5135, should be adequate.


We anchored as shown on the sketch chart, in 16 ft. The anchorage is very sheltered except in winds from the E and the Pilot warns of a large swell entering the harbour in SE gales. There are several other anchorages to choose from, close by.

The fishing station here seems to have died out, with the few cabins deserted in 1997. There did however, appear to be activity on the Smokey Tickle side of Mundy Island. The foundations of the Grenfell hospital can still be seen on Indian Island.

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