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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°20' N 59°45' W
Charts: 5046(M) Cape Makkovik to Winsor Harbour I, 5047(M), Winsor Harbour I to Kikkertaksoak I

Cruising Guide to the Labrador D-40

Variation: 27°W (14 E) (1997)
Spring Range approximately 7 ft


Approaching from the E, stay mid-channel between the drying rocks on the E side of Blind Mugford Tickle and the islands on the W side. If the drying rocks are not visible, favour the W side of the channel because the islands are steep-to.

When approaching from N via Arichat Tickle, keep to the E side of the channel at its narrowest part, because there are two uncharted rocks off the headland on the W side. The drying rock at the S end of Arichat Tickle should normally show. Pass W of it, because the E side is encumbered by ledges.


The anchorage is N of the drying rocks that form the E side of Blind Mugford Tickle. The anchorage is constricted by foul ground extending 60 yds N of the N drying rock and by a 3 ft patch 70 yds further N.

Once 80 to 90 yds past the N of the three drying rocks, turn E to pass through the 70 yd wide gap between the 3 ft patch and the foul ground to the S. Once past the 3 ft patch, anchor in 14 ft, sand and weed. Good holding with adequate, but restricted swinging room. There is good protection from all directions except the S.

The cabin ashore appeared to have been abandoned for some time.

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