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Day’s Run – 19 November, 2015

REMARKS: A good North Atlantic sailing day for PICTON CASTLE with almost all her sails set, and filling beautifully as they do their work, the ship creaming along with white water under her bow. The crew did well to keep up with the gusty winds today – quickly setting and taking in sails as the wind strength and direction changed.

Katja on lookout

Katja on lookout

SHIP’S WORK: Ratlines in the starboard lower shrouds, set up fore t’gallant and royal stays and re-rig main t’gallant and royal braces with blocks on mizzen topmast. Re-lash t’gallant lift strops, paint quarterdeck skylight white, paint new fire hose box red. Hands-on splicing workshop: teaching the sailmakers’ eye splice and chain splice. In watches training about how to safely enter confined spaces.

TOWARDS: Cadiz, Spain
TIME ZONE: ZD + 1
NOON POSITION: 39°51.9’N /027°53.0’W
DAYS RUN: 133nm
PASSAGE LOG: 157nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 1,037 nm
COURSE AND SPEED: East by south a half south (74°True), 4kts
WIND: SxE, Force 4
WEATHER: 6/8 cloud cover (stratus and cumulus), air temp 64F (18°C), sea surface temp 66F (19°C) barometer reading 1023 millibars
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: 3-5 feet, SW
SAILS SET: All square sails to the t’gallants, fore, main and mizzen topmast staysails, inner, outer and flying jib, spanker.

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