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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°09' N 55°46.5' W
Chart 4702 Corbet Island to Ship Harbour Head

Canadian Pilot: Labrador and Hudson Bay, ch III, p 166
Admiralty Pilot 50: Newfoundland and Labrador, 12.95
Cruising Guide to the Labrador B-115

Variation: 27°W (11' E) (1997)
Spring Range approximately 4 ft


Penny Harbour is a landlocked harbour, S of Owl Head, giving complete shelter.


The approach from the S and E is quite complicated, with many islets, rocks and underwater dangers. The approach from the NE is straightforward, if passing between the Sugarloaf and Bobby Rocks.

Off the N shore of Burke Island, towards its W end, there is a drying rock (awash at low water). This rock is not shown on chart 4702, but is in the position of the 3 in the 53 sounding. In 1997, a small, plastic float marked the rock. Keep to the Owl Head shore, until the channel W of Burke Island is open.


We anchored as shown on the sketch chart, in 15 ft, with plenty of swinging room.
The cabins at the N end of Burke Island belong to Lindsay Cadwell and his family, who live here in the summer. He was very friendly.

A team of huskies were on Owl Head for the summer.

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