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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°51.5' N 56°59' W
Chart 5134 Approaches to Cartwright, etc

Canadian Pilot: Labrador and Hudson Bay, ch III, p 187
Admiralty Pilot 50: Newfoundland and Labrador, 12.172
Cruising Guide to the Labrador C-35

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


Packs Harbour is formed by a narrow channel between Hamilton Island and an unnamed island NW of it.


The NE entrance is foul with rocks. The SW entrance is quite narrow, but in 1997 was buoyed, which makes entry fairly straightforward. It is possible to pass either side of Pickens Island. Once past the green buoy, favour the Hamilton Island side as you pass the jetty.


Once inside, anchor anywhere in 3 to 4 fms. The harbour provides very good shelter.

Several of the cabins were occupied in 1997, but the fish plant at the W end of Hamilton Island appeared to have been closed for some time.

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