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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.

Wednesday, 17 October 2007


54o06'S 37o40'W
Chart 3597, South Georgia


This appears to be one of the better harbours on the SW coast and provides much better shelter from the sea than is apparent from the chart.


Sail in to the bay on the N shore, near the head of the inlet.


Tuck well in to the NW end of the beach and anchor in a clear patch between the kelp in about 10.5m. Good shelter from the sea is provided from WxS through N to E. The fetch from S winds is less than 2 miles.


The Schrader Glacier to the SE of the anchorage has only a fairly small calving front and when visited by Badger, there was very little ice in the bay. The Pilot warns of occasional very strong winds blowing from the SE off the glacier.


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