Voyages

Tall Ships Are Coming!

Picton Castle is excited to announce our participation in the 2015 Tall Ships Challenge, sailing the Atlantic coast of the USA and Canada. This series of maritime festivals, tall ships races and cruises in company is organized by Tall Ships America, and is set to be the most fun to be had on the East Coast in the summer of 2015. And you can sign onboard Picton Castle as trainee crew!

From steering the ship under full sail, offshore and out of sight of land, to running aloft to stow sail as we arrive in a harbor that bustles with masts and spars, flags and bunting flying from the rigging and music blasting from the dock, you will learn the traditional seamanship skills that Picton Castle is famous for, all while taking part in the drama and excitement of a series of amazing festivals. Fireworks, music, crowds and sailors. And some of the most amazing sailing ships in the world to get to know as a square-rig sailor yourself. A tall ships summer is not one you will forget!

Ports, dates and prices will be confirmed here shortly, or email info@picton-castle.com to register your interest and we’ll let you know details as soon as they are posted!

Westward Bound - World Voyage 6

On this voyage, you sail on three oceans and at least four seas, covering more than 20,000 nautical miles.  Start at Fiji in July 2014 and sail to Vanuatu, Bali, Rodrigues, Reunion, Madagascar, Mozambique, South Africa, Namibia, St. Helena, Senegal, Barbados, Grenada, Carriacou, Bequia, Les Saintes, Dominica, Martinique, Anguilla, St. Bart's, the Virgin Islands and Savannah, Georgia, USA.  

As you log sea miles, you gain seamanship skills through the daily routine of sailing the ship.  Take your turn at the helm and on forward lookout, handle lines and sails, plot our position, scrub the decks, climb aloft in the rigging (optional) and help with ship's maintenance.  Learn skills in general seamanship, navigation, rigging, sailmaking and carpentry.  

You'll get the most out of the experience if you're aboard for the full ten months, but shorter legs of the voyage are also available, starting in July 2014, October 2014, January 2015 and March 2015.  

No sailing experience is necessary to become a trainee, just a moderate level of physical fitness and a strong desire to be part of the crew.  

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