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We’ve Added Two New Legs To This Summer’s Voyage!

This summer Picton Castle will participate in the Rendezvous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, one of the biggest and most exciting gatherings of tall ships in many years.  We’re looking forward to being part of an international fleet of vessels, our crew in company with sailors from around the world.

We have just added one more port to the voyage, which means two more legs of the voyage.  Charleston, South Carolina, USA has come on board as a host port and we’re eager to visit.  Picton Castle has been to Charleston before and we had such a wonderful time that we can’t wait to go back!

Leg A begins in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada, a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site with rich seafaring history (it’s also Picton Castle’s North American home).  Join Picton Castle in Lunenburg on April 22 for training, orientation and preparations in Lunenburg before setting sail for Charleston.  Experience a North Atlantic passage, sailing deep water on our route to the southwest.  Leg A ends on May 19 in Charleston.

Leg B begins in Charleston, South Carolina on May 19.  You will join us during Tall Ships Charleston, a wonderful event that celebrates maritime heritage and culture.  In Charleston, Picton Castle will join a number of other tall ships coming from North America, South America and the Caribbean.  We will be in port together, then race together from Charleston to Bermuda on another deep water North Atlantic passage.  Once in Bermuda, we’ll be part of Tall Ships Bermuda, a major celebration that will happen in Bermuda at the same time as the America’s Cup.  Leg B ends on June 2 in Bermuda.

Trainee applications are now being accepted for Legs A & B (as well as all of the other legs of this summer’s voyage to Boston, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick).  No experience is necessary to become a trainee aboard Picton Castle, just good health and a desire to be a working part of the crew.  With the guidance of our experienced professional crew, you’ll quickly learn the ropes!

Please visit our website for more details and to apply.

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Visiting Canada For Rendezvous 2017

Close to a year ago, we decided to sign on for the Rendezvous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta.  This means that in the summer of 2017, Picton Castle will join an international fleet of tall ships for a series of festivals and races.  The Regatta actually starts in Europe, in the UK and Portugal, but we’ll meet up with the fleet in Bermuda in early June and remain with the fleet until the end of August.

We’ve been eagerly awaiting news of which Canadian ports we’ll be assigned to visit.  As you can imagine, it’s a lot of work for the organizers, Sail Training International, to coordinate the visit of 40+ ships to 30+ ports in Canada.  A few weeks ago we were given our list of ports and dates for Picton Castle.

In the summer of 2017, Picton Castle will visit the following ports:



Summerside, PEI

Sept Iles, Quebec

Baie Comeau, Quebec

Quebec City

Norris Point, Newfoundland

Louisbourg, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

Digby, Nova Scotia

sail past Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia

Saint John, New Brunswick

Some of these ports we know and love.  Some will be first-time visits for us.  We’re excited about them all!

Anyone age 16+ can sign on as a trainee on this voyage, no sailing experience necessary.  Dates, legs and costs are available here.

Picton Castle in Quebec City 2016

Picton Castle in Quebec City 2016

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