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Christmas Greetings from the Crew!

The barque Picton Castle is at sea this Christmas: crossing the wide, blue Indian Ocean bound for Cape Town, South Africa. It’s the time of year when thoughts turn from our adventures in foreign ports and our salty, tropical, world to family and fireside and holidays at home. So here’s a little festive love from the crew of the Picton Castle to you, all of our wonderful friends, supporters, shipmates and families scattered as you are in almost every corner of the world. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all of my family & friends, especially my little Hannah and Ethan! I love and miss you, wish you were here! Love Scott/Dad/Grandpa

Glædelig Jul og godt nytar Bedstemor oy Bedstetar. Hilsen Emil

Merry Christmas everyone in Frome and Camarthen, I hope you have snow to build snowmen. Seb, no rattlesnakes here but we have seen some sea snakes. Harry, please stop growing, we can share shoes now! Love Amy, Nos da

Prettige Kerst Joppe, Berend, Renske en Barnard family – Hetty

Frohe Weihnachten von der Suedhalbkugel fuer Berlin-Steglitz, Schmoelln, Hamburg und Dresden! Jens

Wishing a very merry Christmas to the Foxies and extended family, and to my wonderful friends and shipmates across the seas and around the world. Have an extra mince pie and a glass of something good for me! Sending much love from this little barque, sailing along happily on the Indian Ocean – Kate/Bob


Glædelig jul og godt nytȧr! Mor, Far og Christian. Haber I har det godt, og at I fȧr en masse sne til jul. Bedste far mȧ gerne spise mit stykke and I ȧr. Stort julekram fra Anne-Mette

Glædelig jul mor, far M, E og Pems. IKKE spis for mange brune kartoflen far Jeg elsker jer alle 4. Karoline Larsen

To my lovely friends around the world, I miss you dearly and I promise it will happen again. Sending big Christmas love, Donald

Talamonu Kilisimasi

Malo e laumalie e Tonga kotoa moe ‘amanaki teuteu ko ia ki he ‘aho Ha’ele mai ai hotau fakamo’ui. ;Oku tutu mo mavava e Hou’eiki moe kainga ‘a Koloa Matangi mei he Lile ‘Oe ‘Avai ‘o Vuna, ki he hanganaki ko ia e katoanga’I e ‘aho ‘etau Tamai Faka-Hevani. Ko ia ai ‘oku ‘oatu ‘a e talamonu fiefia ki hoku famili Petelo mo Petiola pehe foki ki he’eku fine’eiki Kaufo’ou Makatu’u, toenga ‘oe famili, fanga tokoua(Mary Uaisele,Sulieti, Simu)fanga tokoua, kaunga fononga pea moe TONGA kotoa. Fakatauange ke mou ma’u ha Kilisimasi fiefia mo Faitapuekina ‘I he ‘Eiki.

‘Ofa Lahi atu! Vai’ufia Latu.

Dear Ma & Pa, You’re probably not reading this, so I figured I would tell you that when I was 15 I would occasionally steal the car and pick up chicks at the depot. Merry Xmas! Love, Peter

God Jul og godt nyttår Mamma, Pappa, Edvin, Tonje, Bestemor & Bestefar, skulle onske jeg var på hytten med dere! To Sergiu: can’t wait to see you on a bench at the waterfront soon J Love, Turi

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to family and friends both home and abroad. Lots of love – Travis

Schoene Greusse an die Familie und Freunde daheim. Frohe Weihnachten, geniesst die Feiertage und habt einen Guten Rutsch – Axel

Glædelig jul og godt nytȧr! Jeg savner jer, nædkȧl, brun sovs, Vega, min dyne, en der, sne og min vinterjakke. Til gengæld er jeg blevet seluudnævnt tanlinemaster, blævret, meget beskidt men utrolig glad. De storste kys og kram fra Laura

Happy Christmas to all the diverse and spread out PICTON CASTLE Gang, from Lunenburg to Boston to Pitcairn, Tahiti, Palmerston, Rarotonga, Tonga, South Africa, Oregon, New Hampshire, New Zealand, Poland, Red Dear, Vancouver, Sidney by the Sea, Gloucester, Columbia, Florida, Costa Rica, Rowayton, Bristol, Saskatchewan, PEI, Denmark, Bayport, Italy, Martin’s River, Norway, France, Sweden, England, Dublin Shore, Shetland Islands, Mexico, USA, Canada, Grenada, Fiji, Mahone Bay, New Bedford, Topsfield, Newport, Galapagos, Panama, Martha’s Vineyard, New York, Bali and who knows where else from Terrible Two Dawson and Sailmaker Tammy and her husband Dan.

Merry Krissmiss, Happy Hanukkah, a Rippin’ Ramadan, Kwayzee Kwanza and a Sexy Solstice from Mr. Roundhead in the Engine Room…

Happy Holidays! Love, Alexandra

Merry Christmas Russell family and friends. I miss you all and can’t wait to celebrate Christmas during winter again

Glædelig jul og godt nyt ȧr alle sammen, hjemme I kolde Danmark, kærlige tanker fra Christian

To all my friends and family and family friends, merry Christmas and wishes for a happy New Year! John

Glædelig jul og godt nytȧr, hȧber at I har det godt – Magnus

Merry Xmas and Happy New Year. Ni bula mai viti au vanuinui vinaka I viti raraba e na siga ni sucu kei na tawase ni yabaki. Moce 2014 bula 2015. Me ya baki vinaka vei viti na yabaki veu qo. From Josevata Vuinakasa

God Jul Pappa, Helena, Anna, brorsoma och Hedvig, hoppas alt du fȧr en häst! Och mamma och morfar sȧklart, jag saknar er allamassor. Jag räknar dagarna till Kapstaden Jens! Kramar frȧn Elsa

Chief Mate Sam Sikkema would like to wish a very Happy Christmas to his friends and family back home, but he can’t quite find the words.

Šilčiausi Linkejimai is siltuju Kraštu. Sveikinu visus su šventem – Monika

On the 12th day of Christmas, the Tall Ship brought to me:

· Two sharks a swimming

· Several dolphins leaping

· Schools of phosphorescent jellyfish

· A nightwatch in a gale (well some squalls anyway)

· A shower from the firehose midships

· A close-up view of the nebula in Orion’s sword

· Cute Danish sailors

· Two new sunspots on my face

· A bucket lanyard spliced

· Countless calluses formed

· A batch of midnight Sunday brownies

· Two lady cats performing lewd and public acts

The only thing missing is you – the Hardys & the Other Hardys, the Circa girls, you writer types and all my other beloved friends. Merry Christmas to all! Nicole xo

Seasons Greetings from the Engineering Department aboard Picton Castle. Special shout out to my Meermin, Charlotte Hooijdonk, in Amsterdam the Netherlands. Of course also to my Mother, Laynette Haas aka Ima Sis (facebook), in Albuquerque New Mexico. I miss you and am thinking of you out here on the Indian Ocean. Happy New Year. Billy

Peace and love and blessings to you family. Enjoy the season and remember the reason. P.S. Happy Belated Birthday Tunka. Nuff Love Dkembe

Merry Christmas to all back home. See you soon, from Terry

Seasons Greetings to my loved ones at home. I am grateful for your continuing love and support which has carried me so far in this world. Erin

Merry Christmas to all my friends and family!! I’ll try to bring some of the heat back with me when I return. Best Wishes, Kelley O.

God jul familjen! Ni låser nog inte det hår men jag tänker på er och hoppas ni får en underbar jul! Kram Amanda

Mom, Merry Christmas form my first time away NOT in a war zone. Give my regards to everybody (especially Grandpa and the new cats) Love, Aaron

Gud jul mamma, pappa och Ellinor! Och god jul till slåkt och vinner som kan tånkas läsa denna hälning från en solig ocean. Tänker på er! Stora kramar, Elvira

Happy Christmas!

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