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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.

Friday, 20 April 2007


5541.5' N 6024' W

Chart 5047(M)

Variation: 28W (10' E) (1997)

Spring Range approximately 7 ft


This small cove is just off the route from Hopedale to Windy Tickle. It is approximately 2 M W of Multa Island.


The approach is straightforward.


We anchored in 26 ft, towards the S side of the cove. The head of the cove dries out. Be careful to check your swinging room, as there are rocks at the edge of the drying area. There is shelter except from the NE quadrant.

The anchorage is in an attractive setting, with a large stream entering the cove at the N end.

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