Saturday, May 7th, 2016
Picton Castle hove up anchor this morning from Rose Bay outbound for sea. We started our voyage to La Rochelle, France yesterday departing from our wharf in Lunenburg Harbour in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada a little after 3pm. We then anchored up for the night with a view to getting the crew one more night to get used to the ship without the distractions of being tied to land, and getting in one more round of safety drills before setting out across the North Atlantic. With a light southerly wind making up we steamed out of the bay past Cross Island and set some sail to steady the ship out against the confused swell. While everybody is anxious to get the ship sailing, it’s good to get some miles under our belt and get well clear of the coast with its associated traffic and fog.
SHIP’S WORK: Stowing and Lashing down for sea. The crew is otherwise involved in learning lookout and helm procedures as well as learning their lines of running rigging throughout the night watches.
FROM: Lunenburg, NS, Canada
TOWARDS: La Rochelle, France
TIME ZONE: ZD+3
NOON POSITION: 44°10.3’N /063°47.0’W
DAYS RUN: 22nm
PASSAGE LOG: 28.5nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 2660nm
COURSE AND SPEED: SE x S, 7kts
WIND: SSW, Force 4
WEATHER: Fog and drizzle, air temp: 7°C, water temp: 6°C
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: 8 to 10 ft, from the SW and SE
SAILS SET: Topsails, Foresail, Fore and Main Topmast Staysails and Inner Jib