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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°34' N 56°00' W
Chart 4745 White Point to Sandy Island

Canadian Pilot: Labrador and Hudson Bay, ch III, p 179
Admiralty Pilot 50: Newfoundland and Labrador, 12.133
Cruising Guide to the Labrador B-165

Variation: 26°W (12' E) (1997)
Spring Range approximately 4 ft


Indian Tickle is a narrow passage between Indian Island and Musgrave Land.
A bight on the W side of Indian Island provides a sheltered anchorage, although it is rather exposed to the SW quadrant.


The approach from the N is straightforward. The approach from S and E is much more complicated. Passing reasonably close E and N of Lynch Island, keeps one clear of Fish Rock, 0.5 M NW from Lynch Island. Then head for St Mary Island, in the entrance to Indian Tickle. In 1997, there were two red buoys in position, as shown on the chart. Keep these to starboard when sailing NW.


We anchored in the bight N of Rover Island in 16 ft. The cabin ashore was deserted.

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