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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.

Tuesday, 24 April 2007


52°33.5' N 55°43' W
Chart 4701 Ship Harbour Head to Camp Islands

Canadian Pilot: Labrador and Hudson Bay, ch II, p 149
Admiralty Pilot 50: Newfoundland and Labrador, 12.47
Cruising Guide to the Labrador B-65

Variation: 26°W (10' E) (1997)
Spring Range approximately 4 ft


St Francis Harbour lies close S of Cape St Francis and is a well-sheltered, landlocked harbour.


The approach is straightforward. Pass N of Pigeon Island and then keep to the N shore, until past the Chain Rocks. A new light beacon has been established on Cape St Francis. This was extinguished when we visited in 2005.


We anchored in Barnes Cove, in 5 fms.

All the cabins ashore were deserted in 2002, and in a poor state of repair.

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