Q&A: Which Way Around Newfoundland?

Question: I hope to have enough time this year to circumnavigate Newfoundland. Based on your experience, would you do such a circumnavigation clockwise or the other way?

Answer: I think I would go clockwise, which will give you a fair wind on the west coast, which has fewer harbours than the east or south coasts do.

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John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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