For years, we've wanted to make another voyage to Europe, Africa and the Caribbean, to return to some of our favourite ports and to sail in the prevailing westerly winds in the North Atlantic and the sweet trade winds from Cape Verde to the Caribbean.
We're happy to announce the Transatlantic Voyage, starting in October 2015. Starting and ending at Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada, complete a circle of the Atlantic basin under square sail. Along the way, call at ports in the Azores, Spain, Portugal, Senegal and the West Indies. Sail for the full six months of the voyage or sail for a leg of the voyage.
Anyone can join the crew, all you need is a strong back and a willing heart. No sailing experience is necessary. As a trainee, you'll be involved in all aspects of sailing the ship, learning under sail from our qualified professional crew.
If you've dreamed of sailing a tall ship across the Atlantic, this is your chance!
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!
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, Grenada, Carriacou, Bequia, Les Saintes, Dominica, Martinique, Anguilla, St. Bart's, the Virgin Islands and Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada.
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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Tall Ships Are Coming!
Summer 2015 - Sail the East Coast of the USA and Canada with the fleet as crew aboard Picton Castle.Read More >