Voyages

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 May 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.  

South Seas Adventure

Step aboard for a voyage through the legendary South Pacific.  Sail for three months or six months, making long ocean passages to remote ports of call, or island hopping amongst palm-fringed pieces of paradise.  

On Picton Castle, you are involved in all aspects of sailing the ship.  You take your turn on helm and on lookout, you help to set and take in sails, you work as part of a team to hoist boats and load provisions, you even assist in the galley.  Through hands-on practice and formal workshops, you develop seamanship skills as you go.  

Start at Auckland, New Zealand on October 25, 2013, beginning with an exploration of the New Zealand coast.  From there, spend a month at sea on the way to Pitcairn Island, where you'll meet the descendants of the infamous Bounty mutineers.  

You can start or end your voyage at Nuku Hiva in French Polynesia on February 1, 2014.  Those joining the ship or carrying on will sail in every major island group in French Polynesia.  From there, the trade winds will take you to the Cook Islands, to Samoa and to Fiji, where the voyage ends on May 3, 2014.  

No sailing experience is necessary, just good physical fitness and a strong desire to be part of the team that sails the ship.  

South Seas Voyage

A voyage of contrasts, the South Seas Voyage will take us from the bustling harbour of Sydney, Australia for a tall ships festival to some of the most remote and untouched islands on the planet. Add in deep ocean passages, island hopping, and cultural experiences and you have the makings of the trip of a lifetime aboard the Picton Castle

Begin in August 2013 in Rarotonga in the Cook Islands, then sail for Australia, stopping in the Kingdom of Tonga and Norfolk Island on the way.  Meet up with a fleet of tall ships and navy ships in Sydney, then race with the tall ships to Auckland, New Zealand. 

Explore the islands of New Zealand before a month-long passage to storied Pitcairn Island, home of the descendants of the mutineers on the Bounty. Then island-hop your way through all the island groups of French Polynesia, discovering the hidden gems that are off the beaten path. 

Return briefly to the Cook Islands, then sail to Samoa and Fiji, where the voyage wraps up in May 2014. 

Although the islands are exotic and welcoming, this is primarily a sail training voyage, teaching trainee crew members traditional seamanship skills, and skills that enable them to work together to sail the ship. 

Sign on as a crew member for some or all of this adventurous voyage. No experience is necessary to become a trainee crew member, just a strong back and a willing heart. Men and women of all nationalities are welcome to apply.  

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