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Atlantic Voyage 2008-2009 Voyage of the Atlantic World 2008

Motoroing Towards Dominica

As I write this log, we are about 50nm west of Guadeloupe, motoring towards Dominica. Most of the day was spent under sail, with the helmsman steering full and by, meaning to sail as close to the wind as possible while still keeping the sails full. To do this, the helmsman keeps an eye on […]

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Atlantic Voyage 2008-2009 Voyage of the Atlantic World 2008

Motoroing Towards Dominica

As I write this log, we are about 50nm west of Guadeloupe, motoring towards Dominica. Most of the day was spent under sail, with the helmsman steering full and by, meaning to sail as close to the wind as possible while still keeping the sails full. To do this, the helmsman keeps an eye on […]

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Atlantic Voyage 2008-2009 Voyage of the Atlantic World 2008

Sailing Off the Hook

All hands mustered this morning, after some of the off-duty watch returned to the ship, to prepare to get underway and sail away from Anguilla. The crew seem to have enjoyed their stay in Anguilla, relaxing on beautiful beaches and taking in the annual Moonsplash reggae music festival. Lots of work was done on board […]

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Atlantic Voyage 2008-2009 Voyage of the Atlantic World 2008

Arriving in Anguilla

I arrived in Anguilla just in time to see Picton Castle sail into the anchorage at Road Bay. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the ship sail up to an anchorage from the shore perspective before, so it was interesting to see it from another angle. Once the ship was anchored, the skiff came in […]

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Atlantic Ocean Atlantic Voyage 2008-2009 Voyage of the Atlantic World 2008

Small boat day, Down Islands style

It is often said around the Picton Castle that we only have a 300-ton barque in order to carry wonderful small boats around. This is only half a joke. Being competent at small boat handling is an essential component of being a good seaman therefore we have been on the lookout for a good place […]

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Atlantic Voyage 2008-2009 Voyage of the Atlantic World 2008

Report from the Grenadines

The Picton Castle sailed into Hillsborough Bay, Carriacou – a part of Grenada in the Windward Islands – after a superb trade-wind passage from Brazil. We made landfall in the Caribbean at dawn with Petty Martinique, Carriacou and Union islands in sight ahead. Winds were strong, a steady force six and seas piling up as […]

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Atlantic Ocean

On the Way to Anguilla

This may be the first Captain’s Log written on board an airplane. While we’re breaking with tradition, I should explain that I’m not the Captain, either. I do, however, plan to write some Captain’s Logs over the next two weeks as I sail aboard Picton Castle in the Caribbean. My usual work location these days […]

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Meet the Crew Miscellaneous Voyage of the Atlantic World 2008

Four-Legged Shipmates Looking for a New Home

Those of you who have followed the Captain’s Log for a while will remember Louie and Foxy, shipmates from the summer voyage in 2007. As the rest of the crew welcomed public visitors aboard for deck tours in Charleston, Norfolk, Newport and Halifax, these two roamed the decks as ambassadors, stopping for photo ops and […]