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Cape Town, South Africa World Voyage 4

Cape Town Chaos I

Okay, first things first. Thank you, everyone, for all the mail and the letters that you sent to us. It really is so exciting to receive mail, and it is still coming! Maybe we will have 3 weeks of mail! Ohhhhh! Ahhhh! We are not the only Tall Ship in Cape Town at this time. […]

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Cape Town, South Africa World Voyage 4

Cape Town Arrival

It was as if the fog cleared especially for us to see our arrival into Cape Town yesterday. All morning it had been grey and misty, like being inside a rain drop. And then, there it was all cleared up except for the famous “table cloth” over Table Mountain- Cape Town, South Africa. Our first […]

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Indian Ocean World Voyage 4

Preparing For Capetown

Cape Town is a massive stop for the Picton Castle. It is the longest port stay and this is for a number of reasons: First, South Africa is a really beautiful country with a lot to do and it’s huge; for the crew to be able to zip off and go on safari and travel […]

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Indian Ocean World Voyage 4

Where in the World Is Barque Picton Castle?

Location: 31° 58.5’S / 29° 19.7’E Ordered Course: Hove-to Day’s Run: 117 nautical miles Distance to Cape Town, South Africa: 677 nm Okay, so the charts indicate that it is South Africa, but I am not convinced. The shoreline matches the chart’s outline and we’ve definitely been riding into and out of the Agulhas Current. […]

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World Voyage 4

Weather Frustration

Imagine the longest car trip of your life, when you honestly think you will never get to where you are going. That’s us right now. So close, yet so FAR! I have to say that even your worst days onboard the Picton Castle are nearer to your greatest days on land. However just occasionally I […]

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World Voyage 4

Next Mail Call: Cape Town!

Just so you know, we are not yet in Cape Town. The Mail Call shown here was in Bali. We just want you to know what it MIGHT look like in Cape Town—IF you send us some mail! Oh, yes, and we will be there for three weeks, so if you send something we will […]

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World Voyage 4

Sailing into a Good Current in the Mozambique Channel

Last night I am sure that as it got dark you could see flames coming off our stern, we were going 10 knots! 10 KNOTS! I’ll say it again, 10 KNOTS! We all went up to have a look at the speed on the GPS, it said 10 KNOTS! In fact we woke up our […]

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World Voyage 4

Distance to Cape Town, South Africa: 1430 Nautical Miles

Location: 28° 04.6’S / 42° 01.9’E Time Zone: ZD-3 Ordered Course: W x N Rate of Speed: 7.9 knots Day’s Run: 154 nautical miles Merrily we roll along in a near-calm ocean, with breezes so light it looks as though the Picton Castle is on the other side of a fun house mirror! We had […]

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Indian Ocean World Voyage 4

On the Way to Cape Town

Its muggy today on the Picton Castle, no burning sun scorching down but just a hot, sweaty stickiness that makes us feel like we are totally melting! We have nearly rounded the tip of Madagascar and the seas are lumpy and swelly. But conditions are good and we are making fine progress. The sky is […]

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Indian Ocean World Voyage 4

Waiting Out a Cyclone in the Indian Ocean

22.3° South / 53.4° East February third 2006 finds the Picton Castle sailing along in pleasant modest breezes with sunny skies, benign puffy clouds and not an apparent care in the world. All is lovely at sea today. Sails are being made up on the quarterdeck; a new jib is almost finished and a new […]