Friday, March 27th, 2015
The Captain gave a talk on the Caribbean in the workshop slot this afternoon. Drawing whiteboard maps of the whole West Indies and then various islands for orientation, he spoke about the history of the West Indies and the pervasive and ongoing influence of the cane industry, and its profound effect on Europe and America as well as Africa and the Caribbean, and of the PICTON CASTLE’s more recent history and friendships in the islands. He spoke about the nature of the different islands, some of their history through tribal to colonial times and what to expect now; rules for respectful behaviour and tips on how best to make the most of each island. Most exciting is all of was the mention of all the small boat sailing to come amongst some incredibly beautiful coves and cays. Can’t wait!
SHIPS WORK: Work on the small boats, cap stay and sails continued, and another new ratline on the fore. With port so soon are making the ship look tidy with spot painting and varnishing here and there.
BOUND FROM: James Bay, St Helena, South Atlantic Ocean
TOWARDS: Grenada, Windward Islands, Caribbean Sea
TIME ZONE: GMT -3
NOON POSITION: 07°55.6’N /054°25.9’W
DAYS RUN: 174 nm
PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 3,394 nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 491 nm
COURSE AND SPEED: North West by West, Course made good 287° true, 6.7 knots
WIND: Wind Force 5, East North East
WEATHER: Fair, 4/8 cloud, barometer 1018 millibars and steady,
visibility very good
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: East 2 m
SAILS SET: All sails set except flying jib and studdingsails, braced up slightly to starboard and with plenty of screw in the yards.