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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


55º05' N 59º10 W
Chart 5045(M) Dog Islands to Cape Makkovik

Canadian Pilot: Labrador and Hudson Bay, ch V, p 226
Admiralty Pilot 50: Newfoundland and Labrador, 14.30
Cruising Guide to the Labrador D-20

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


The most convenient anchorage off the town is 80 to 100 yards SE of the fishing company's travel-lift pen, in 24 ft. Good holding.

Tie the dinghy to the N face of the travel-lift pen, at one of the ladders.

The anchorage at Big Island is on the shelf between Northwest Point and Southwest Point. The shelf edge is irregular and depths drop off quickly at its edge. The best berth seems to be off the middle of 3 beaches on the SW side of Big Island, in 24 to 30 ft, stiff grey mud and stones. Good holding.

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