Tuesday, May 8th, 2012
By Kate “Bob” Addison
Monday morning, and it’s back to sea for the Picton Castle as we head north from Savannah towards New York City in the first leg of the Tall Ships Challenge races.
Just now we are under sail racing with the big USCG sail training barque Eagle and the replica of the HMS Bounty (built in Lunenburg in 1962 for the film with Marlon Brando – David Brown of Pitcairn Island, our chief engineer, got a big kick out of going aboard). The Mate is setting some more sail as the winds lay down as predicted for this evening, and we have been surrounded with jumping dolphins!
Savannah showed us a wonderful time and it feels like we’ve been on summer holidays. Memories of sunshine, ships, music and dancing. Thousands of visitors to the ship, wonderful to show her off. Excitement about the South Pacific voyage this fall is building – the other crews are jealous!
Five new hands signed on in Savannah, four trainee crew and one ship’s cat called George.