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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


55°08.5' N 59°04.5' W
Chart 5045(M) Dog Islands to Cape Makkovik

Canadian Pilot: Labrador and Hudson Bay, ch V, p 226
Admiralty Pilot 50: Newfoundland and Labrador, 14.30
Cruising Guide to the Labrador D-20

Variation: 29°W (15 E) (1997)
Spring Range approximately 7 ft


Strawberry Harbour is at the entrance to Makkovik Bay, 11 M from Makkovik. It has excellent protection with good holding, in attractive surroundings.


From the 'Route Usually Followed', steer for Strawberry Head, which is distinctive, until the harbour entrance can be made out. Keep mid-channel between the islet and the rock on the NW side of the entrance, and the headland forming the E side of the harbour. The rock off the islet dries 6 ft and is almost always visible. The 1.2m (4 ft) patch, shown in the entrance to Strawberry Harbour on chart 5045, is less than 25 yds offshore, and not a danger.


Anchor in the pool immediately beyond the entrance headlands, in 18 to 24 ft, sandy mud and weed. Good holding. There is adequate swinging room, but if entering under sail, be prepared to use the anchor to stop the vessel, because there is little room to round up in the anchorage.

The cabins ashore are derelict.

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