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Archive for May, 2016

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Day’s Run – 7 May, 2016

This day finds us continuing to motor sail to the ESE with cold rain and fog. What wind there was has gone away and we have taken in all square sail. The sea conditions have calm down too from the day before and most of the crew who were feeling the sea sickness yesterday are looking more alive today. Most of the watches are still engaged in learning to improve their steering skills under the guidance of the watch leaders  and keep a proper lookout. The lookouts have been doubled up most of the time as visibility is reduced in the fog.

As the day wore on the wind gradually filled in and at the end of the afternoon watch we set Topsails, Courses and the Inner Jib and shut down the engine.

Optimized - day 5 - lunenburg

SHIP’S WORK: Repair work to the Fore Topmast Staysail, replace the Mizzen Staysail downhaul.

 

FROM: Lunenburg, NS, Canada

TOWARDS: La Rochelle, France

TIME ZONE: ZD+3

NOON POSITION: 43°18.2’N / 060°33.1’W

DAYS RUN: 146nm

PASSAGE LOG: 181nm

DISTANCE REMAINING: 2505nm

COURSE AND SPEED: SE x S, 6.5kts

WIND: SE, Force 2

WEATHER: Fog and drizzle, air temp: 5°C, water temp: 7°C

SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: 4 to 6 ft, SW

SAILS SET: Fore and Main Topmast Staysails

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Day’s Run – 6 May 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

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Departing Lunenburg – 5 May 2016

We set sail from Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada this afternoon, bound for La Rochelle, France to start the first passage of the Back-to-Back Transatlantics Voyage. It’s damp and foggy today, but the weather looks fair for the next few days. Thank you to everyone in Lunenburg who continues to support what we do. We love our home town and look forward to returning later this summer.

Picton Castle departs Lunenburg 5 May 2016

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