I have a Murray 33, 33' steel cutter
with a bow sprit. Ted Brewer design.
I have not been all the way around but 60% to 70%. One year I went from Sydney
, NS to St. Pierre, then I went from Sydney around the penninsula to Lewisporte. I'm now in Bonavista. Well my boat is anyway. I'm in Philadlephia.
I would think your approach to which way to circumnavigate depends upon how you approach the island. Are you going to stay along the North shore hugging Quebec
and Labrador or are you going to stay South doing New Brunswick and Nova Scotia
? Both ways have their advantages.
I have been across the Cabot Straits three times myself and several more times on the ferry
. One night coming back from Burgeo was pretty nasty. Then one day running up the strait the wind
and currents must have been counter. Waves were not that tall (3+meters) but STEEP. Many were breaking. The scary thing was the fish
nets. They had BIG bouys and they were getting pulled completely under water
by the waves. I didn't like to think about having my keel
catch one of the nets or lines. It was a fair run but my Daughter got sick so that took the fun out of it. A couple of days later going just North of Flowers Cove I encounterd 4 to 5 knots of foul current
. I could see the water
running over the shoals like a mill stream.
If you are going in an even year there is the Halifax
to St Pierre race
. They arrive in St. Pierre shortly before Bastille Day and partake of the festivities. But the place really fills up.
The full scenic voyage would be planned to take in the Magdalens, Bras d Or, Ramea, Grey River, Francois, St Pierre, Bonavista, Fogo, Dildo Run, St Anthony, and Battle Harbour. Throw in Cows Head
and Gros Morn somewhere as well.
You could split it into a two year trip and plan to leave your boat on the Rock. I would suggest Lewisporte, best yacht facilities East of Halifax
excepting a couple of more expensive facilities on Conception Bay. Easy to get caught anywhere for a couple of day waiting for weather
Get the Newfoundland
Cruising Guide from Puffin Press.
Pilot Press - Cruising Guides to Newfoundland, Labrador, Nova Scotia and the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
if you don't have it. Heed warnings about chart off-sets from GPS
along South coast.
Bring LOTS of spares, including your own glass and resin. Things are incredibly tough to get.
Cameras are a must.
It is a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful place to sail.
And, stay off the rock in Happy Adventure. It's NOT on the chart.