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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, 26 March 2007


59°20.5' N 63°37'
Chart 4771 Eclipse Hbr to Cape White Handkerchief

Canadian Pilot: Labrador and Hudson Bay, ch VI, p 293
Admiralty Pilot 50: Newfoundland and Labrador, 15.86

Variation: 31°W (17' E) 1977
Spring Range approximately 6 ft


While passing through the Beacon Island Channel, the tide turned against us and the wind disappeared. We anchored off the small cove S of Beacon Island in 5 fms.


Approach is along the indicated track on chart 4771.


The cove is sheltered from E through S almost to NW. There was little tidal stream felt there at anchor.


While tacking past Cape White Handkerchief, we saw an uncharted, breaking rock. Its position is approximately 59°18.5' N 63°21.5' W. This is 1.75 M NE of the recommended track.

In 2002, it was noted that 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.


59º22.5' N 63º49' W Chart 4771 Eclipse Hbr to Cape White Handkerchief
Canadian Pilot: Labrador and Hudson Bay, ch VI, p 293 Admiralty Pilot 50: Newfoundland and Labrador, 15

Variation: 31°W (17' E) 1977 Spring Range approximately 6 ft


The approach to Seaplane Cove is straightforward. It is safe to pass either side of Lone Rock, a skerry about 6 ft high. The rock shown on the chart about 100 yds N of Niakungutialuk (Big) Head, dries about 3 ft and generally breaks. Foul ground extends about 100 yds E of the unnamed W point of Seaplane Cove (59º22.7' N 63º48.3' W).


The best berth is in the W corner of the cove, in 24 to 30 ft. Swell from the NW may find its way in. Holding is excellent in mud with some kelp. The surrounding high land can produce strong blow-me-downs.

Iron Bark rode out sustained hurricane force winds in Seaplane Cove. After a 45 lb plough dragged, she lay to a 45 lb plough in tandem with a 45 lb Delta anchor on one chain and a 55 lb fisherman (Yachtsman) anchor on the other, with whatever assistance her 16 hp engine could provide.

A polar bear swam out to inspect Iron Bark and give her rudder a bat.


59°41' S 63°57' W Chart 4771
Eclipse Hbr to Cape White Handkerchief

Variation: 31°(17' E) (1997)
Spring Range approximately 7 ft


An unnamed bay close SW of Collins Point (at the E end of Goodfellow Peninsula) provides a good anchorage sheltered from all winds, except the SE quadrant.


Collins Point forms the S entrance to the Eclipse Channel. Approach along the recommended track, give Collins Point a reasonable berth, as there are a few rocks close off the point.


There are several rocks in the bay, but anchoring as shown on the sketch chart, we appeared to be well clear of any dangers. Anchor in 18 ft sand and weed. At the head of the bay there is a sandy beach at which you can land. We saw a caribou ashore at Collins Point, and a cave which appeared to have been used by a bear. Collins Point is low-lying and in contrast to the bulk of the Goodfellow Peninsula - an attractive anchorage.

Collins Point Bay


59°51.5' N 64°05.5' W Chart 4771
Eclipse Hbr to Cape White Handkerchief

Variation: 31°W (17' E) (1997)
Spring Range approximately 7 ft


Bib Cove is at the entrance to Eclipse Harbour. It provides a spectacular anchorage beneath the towering cliffs of Mt Bache (2100 ft). There is good shelter from all but the N, but the very steep sides of the cove to the E may well cause squalls in strong winds. We visited in calm conditions and sunshine, when it was delightful.


The approach is straightforward, passing between the Platt Islands and Mt Bache Point; no dangers were observed.


We anchored off the shingle beach in the SE corner of the cove, in 5 fms. The bottom appeared to be sand, weed and rock.

A stream runs over the low cliff to the N of the beach: useful to top up supplies. On the beach, there was quite a bit of driftwood.

Bib Cove

60°02 N' 64°12' W
Charts 4773 Cape Chidley Area, 4774 Approach to Williams Harbour

Variation 33°W (12' E) (1997)
Spring range approximately 10 ft


Shoal Bay lies W of Black Rock Point, N of Cape Kakkiviak. It is aptly named, but there is still plenty of water for most yachts. There is good shelter from all but the NE.


When approaching from the S, give the reefs off Black Rock Point a reasonable berth. From the W, pass N of Pomiuk and Mikak Islands, following the recommended track shown on the chart. Chart 4773 shows an alternative track S of Mikak Island, but we found the water shoaling quickly and abandoned the passage when in 9 ft of water.


We anchored in the two places indicated on the sketch chart, both having good holding in sand.

Looking N from W anchorage, Shoal Bay

Shoal Bay

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