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Summer Voyage 2012

Workshops, Ship’s Work… and Sails!

By Kate Addison We’ve been busy busy aboard the Picton Castle as we sail from Bermuda towards Savannah, Georgia. Current position is 29o35’N 69o34’W and course is West by South. At Savannah we will join the rest of the fleet of the Tall Ships Challenge 2012, organised by Tall Ships America, so we will be […]

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Summer Voyage 2012

Bermuda

By Wendy Heisler The last time I saw Bermuda, she chewed me up and spit me out in the most romantic way possible. You in the unkempt fancy shirt, you know what I’m talking about. It was the kind of affair that leaves you woozy, disoriented, dumbstruck and always finding pink sand in weird crevices. […]

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Summer Voyage 2012

Another Day in Bermuda

All is well aboard the Picton Castle here in Bermuda – surrounded by pastel turquoise waters we are snugly moored starboard side-to at Penno’s Wharf in beautiful old St George’s. A fresh southerly breeze has us fair pinned to the wharf but the fendering is excellent and we could not be better berthed. Much thanks […]

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Summer Voyage 2012

Bermuda Bound

We in the Picton Castle are having a fair passage towards Bermuda just now. Seas moderate, winds light and mostly favourable, even currents in our favour. We have a strong crew. Many Picton Castle veterans and we have some pretty salty young folks who have only recently signed off the Danish full-riggers Danmark, Georg Stage […]

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Summer Voyage 2012

Sea Legs and Sea Creatures

By Kate Addison So a couple of days at sea and it’s starting to feel like home again. People are discovering or re-discovering their sea legs, looking less green, moving about the place more easily. The roll of the Picton Castle in the North Atlantic swell is becoming pleasing background music where initially it was […]

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Summer Voyage 2012

Training Crew and Stowing For Sea

By Kate Addison At 14:00 today Picton Castle is due to leave her dock here at Lunenburg and set sail bound for Bermuda. The ship and dock have been a buzz of activity over the last few days as we’ve all been working hard to get everything stowed, rigged and ready for sea. We’ve been […]

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Summer Voyage 2012

Setting Sail Monday

After days and weeks of training, orientation and preparation, Picton Castle is scheduled to set sail this coming Monday, April 16, at 1400. Sailing from the wharf at the end of Bluenose Drive in Lunenburg, Picton Castle is bound for Bermuda, then Savannah, New York City, Greenport, Norfolk, Newport, Halifax and the Nova Scotia coast […]

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Summer Voyage 2012

Provisioning and Crossing Yards

By Kate Addison Excitement is building at the Picton Castle here in Lunenburg, less than a week ‘til we sail, plenty still to do! Provisions arrived early this morning, packets and tins and frozen stuff. Hands finished their breakfast (porridge, muffins & cheesy scrambled eggs) and straight to the dock to chain the food aboard […]

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South Pacific Voyage 2012-2013

Outward Bound for the South Pacific

Not long ago some of the crew were sitting around a fireplace here in Lunenburg on a blowing late winter’s night. All were veterans of one or more voyages through the South Pacific in the Picton Castle and were contemplating the next voyage and all that it would bring. As attractive as the planned voyage […]