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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.

Thursday, 26 April 2007


Chart 4763

The island in charted position 57º18.5' N 61º46.7' W marked ‘E.D.’ does not exist.

The island approximately 1 M S, in charted position 57º17.6' N 61º46.8' W, also marked ‘E.D.’ does exist. It is around 30 ft high and sparsely vegetated.

Chart 4769

Bradford Island, in charted position 58º44.7' N 62º53.3' W does not exist.

The island, in charted position 59º05.9' N 63º26' W, close to the ‘Recommended Track’ to Schooner Cove, does not exist

Chart 4771

There are at least two uncharted drying rocks, less than 2 M N of the ‘Recommended Track’, between Cape White Handkerchief and Big White Bearskin Island.

The skerry, in charted position 59º21.5' N 63º34' W, SW of Big White Bearskin Island, is a rock that covers at high water and does not always break. As it lies close to the ‘Recommended Track’, this makes it a considerable danger. Uncharted foul ground extends from Big White Bearskin Island towards this rock.

The charted group of skerries, in position 59º21.5' N 63º37' W, SW of Beacon Island, is a boulder moraine that covers at high water springs and does not always break.



51°25' N 57°48' W
Charts: 4020 Strait of Belle Isle, 4668 Anchorages in the Strait of Belle Isle

Canadian Pilot: Newfoundland
Admiralty Pilot 50: Newfoundland and Labrador, 10.69
Cruising Guide to the Labrador A-3

Variation: 26°W (8'E) (1997)
Spring Range approximately 3.5 ft


Schooner Cove lies in the S corner of L’anse au Loup.


The approach is straightforward.


Anchor near the head of the cove in 3 fms, sand. The cove is open to N and NE.

A cabin stands on the shore - probably only used at weekends in the summer. There is a track, leading to the village of 'Lancy Loo'.


51°44' N 56°26' W
Charts: 4020 Strait of Belle Isle, 4669 Red Bay

Canadian Pilot: Newfoundland
Admiralty Pilot 50: Newfoundland and Labrador, 10.59
Cruising Guide to the Labrador A-1

Variation: 26°W (8'E) (1997)
Spring Range approximately 3.5 ft


Red Bay is on the Labrador side of the Strait of Belle Isle. It is a landlocked harbour, but quite strong winds can funnel through the Basin. The wreck on the shore of Saddle Island was caused by this type of wind.


The approach is straightforward: pass W of Saddle Island. The overhead cable to Saddle Island, on its NE side, has only about 24 ft clearance (not 124 ft, as charted).


We anchored as shown on the sketch chart, in The Harbour, in 5 fms.

The main attraction in Red Bay is the museum about Basque whaling, carried out in Red Bay in the sixteenth century. It is well worth a visit.

Don’t miss the video film about the excavation of the San Juan, which was wrecked in 1565, off Saddle Island. A walk around Saddle Island is also worthwhile to view the remains of the whalers’ shore stations.

1 comment:

Malcolm Fuller said...

In 2004 we were told it was OK to lie alongside the dock, which was prefectly comfortable and convenient: the wind and sea outside were moderate