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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.

Sunday, 22 April 2007


55°27' N 60°13' W

Chart 5047(M), Winsor Harbour Is to Kikkertaksoak Is

Canadian Pilot: Labrador and Hudson Bay, ch V, p 341

Admiralty Pilot 50: Newfoundland and Labrador, 14.48, 14,59

Cruising Guide to the Labrador D-50

Variation: 27°W (14' E) (1997)

Spring Range approximately 7ft


Hopedale is a small settlement with a largely Inuit population.


The approach is straightforward; entering the harbour, keep close N of the green buoy.


We anchored to the N of the red buoy, E of the drying reef, in 23 ft. There are several moorings in the area.

A small fish plant (packing fresh Arctic char, which is air-freighted out) at the government wharf, supplied us with fresh water.

A reasonably large supermarket is situated at the N end of the town, near to the RCMP post. The Lodge, near to the E jetty has a public telephone. The settlement has a post office and a clinic.

One of the Moravian mission buildings was being renovated in 1997, to display their extensive collection of artefacts and old photographs, which are well worth viewing.

A gravel airstrip has regular flights to Goose Bay and Nain. The coastal passage steamer calls every 2 weeks.

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