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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.

Thursday, 18 October 2007


54o02'S 37o57'W
Chart 3585, Undine Harbour


This is an attractive bay, 0.5M E of Undine Harbour.


The entrance has kelp extending all the way across, but this is thinner towards the SE side of the entrance. The kelp makes it very difficult to tack through.


The NE corner of the harbour seemed to offer the best anchorage, with a depth of 11.5m outside the kelp, off the small beach. There is good protection from all directions except from the SW.


The low, tussac-covered hills, make this harbour a very pleasant spot.


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