Woody Point, W Newfoundland

Although splendidly located and the main settlement in the Bonne Bay Area, Woody Point does not offer too many all weather/all tide berthing or anchoring options for the visiting yachtsman.

After rounding Woody Point from the north there are 3 main wharf systems. The first, a well maintained wooden wharf is reserved for the use of the local ferry and tour boats. The second and main wharf is rather rough and primarily for the use of fishing and other commercial vessels. One could possibly lay alongside it in an emergency but not out of choice. Just to the south of the main wharf lie a number of new and extremely well maintained wooden wharves adjacent to a restaurant and the Royal Legion. We were invite to use these but a vessel drawing 2m or more could only lie alongside at half tide or above. 

The only deep water berthing option is the public wharf which lies about 0.5 NM to the north of Woody Point. It was not shown on our charts but is located in Curzon Cove adjacent to where a small stream enters the main fjord. However, like all the other wharves in Woody Point it is very open to any wind with a northerly or easterly component in it. Provided it is not occupied by a local fishing boat there is just enough space for one yacht  on the inside of the L shaped wharf  which offers more shelter, but you would not want to approach it in an onshore breeze. We inspected it with a 15-20 knot NNE wind blowing and did not dare get any closer than 50m off for fear of being washed onto a lee shore. The outer side of the wharf has more space and should be fine in settled weather and/or a westerly wind. We were told that it has at least 3-4 m alongside and electricity. 

The anchorage  at Woody Point lies just to the south of the 3 wharves described above, but like the wharves it is very open to anything other than westerly winds and we would not want to anchor there in anything other than the most settled of conditions. When considering the term "settled" it should be borne in mind that Bonne Bay is no different from any other deep fjord system and can be subject to sudden and extreme katabatic and wind funnelling effects. Although the weather was mirror calm offshore we nonetheless encountered a 20-25 knot wind funnelling  down the south arm the moment we entered the fjord in late afternoon. Our limited experience of this area suggests that these winds are most likely to be encountered from late afternoon to early evening, but overnight and early morning is often calm.

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