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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°05' N 57°13' W
Chart 5134 Approaches to Cartwright, etc

Canadian Pilot: Labrador and Hudson Bay, ch III, p 195
Admiralty Pilot 50: Newfoundland and Labrador, 12.178

Variation: 26°W (14 E) (1997)
Spring Range approximately 6 ft


The North Stag Islands are situated off North Strand (the Vikings' Wonder Strand) and provide an anchorage between the two islands on the W side. This gives good shelter, except with winds in the W quadrant.


The approach N or S of the islands is straightforward if the shore is not approached too closely. The channel between the islands has several islets and rocks in it, and the Pilot claims that there is a channel carrying 6 ft through these, but this was not investigated.


We anchored as shown on the sketch chart, in 20 ft.

On the N island, a short way inland adjacent to the anchorage, we found what appeared to be old try pot furnaces.

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