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Summer Voyage 2012

Vineyard Haven

May 30, 2012 By Kate “Bob” Addison After a busy and exciting weekend at Greenport Tall Ships festival it’s nice to have arrived at the peaceful and pretty harbour of Vineyard Haven on the north side of Martha’s Vineyard. We cast off under sail from Greenport yesterday about lunchtime and sailed in company with Pride […]

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Summer Voyage 2012

Tall Ships Greenport

By Kate “Bob” Addison May 28, 2012 Picton Castle is enjoying a wonderful Memorial Day weekend here at the Tall Ships event at Greenport, NY. We’re tied up with the “HMS” Bounty opposite us on the other side of the pier, and topsail schooner Unicorn just along the pier next to Bounty. Topsail schooners Lynx […]

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Summer Voyage 2012

Approach to Greenport

By Kate “Bob” Addison, photo by Bill Bleyer It’s almost lunch time on a foggy, soggy Friday, and we are bound for Greenport where we are excited to be joining the next Tall Ships festival of our busy summer. Our position is 41o06’N 072o10’W and we are motor-sailing across Gardiners Bay at the east end […]

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Summer Voyage 2012

Small Boat Adventures in the Norwalk Islands

By Kate “Bob” Addison May 23, 2012 The day was not much of a day for sailing a ship around Long Island Sound. Almost no wind; what wind there was came from exactly the wrong direction and it was grey and damp. It was even cold. So instead of giving up on all things nautical […]

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Summer Voyage 2012

Cruising in Long Island Sound

By Kate “Bob” Addison and Captain Daniel Moreland Monday May 21, 2012 This leg of our voyage is unusual for a couple of reasons: firstly it’s just a week long, and secondly we only have about 80 nautical miles to cover between New York City and Greenport, Long Island where we will be at the […]

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Summer Voyage 2012

Hudson River Park’s Pier 25

By Kate “Bob” Addison Saturday May 19, 2012 Well, here we are in Manhattan, very much enjoying life at a lovely berth at Hudson River Park’s Pier 25. The pier is more pleasure park than working wharf these days: pretty paving slabs all around the edge make a broad, flat promenade for the many nannies […]

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Summer Voyage 2012

Approach to New York City

By Kate “Bob” Addison Our position is 39-48.7’N, 073-35.9’W, and we’re just outside the Ambrose to Barnegat traffic separation scheme at the entrance to the Hudson River, excited to be visiting New York in the morning! We’re here a little ahead of plan as we’ve had fair winds most of the way from Savannah so […]

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Summer Voyage 2012

Introducing Ship’s Kitten George

By Kate “Bob” Addison Tabby cat George is just eight weeks old, a tiny bundle of fur with wide eyes, big ears and a whippet thin tail. His belly is striped and he has four white paws and a tiny little white nose so he looks like he’s been caught with his nose in the […]

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Summer Voyage 2012

Tacking Across the Gulf Stream

The Picton Castle and crew are having one awesome seagoing day! A big blue sunny day, shiny seas, sunny skies, we are sailing along braced sharp on the port tack making easting across the Gulf Stream about 50 miles south of Cape Hatteras. The Stream is giving us about a 20 degree lift in the […]

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Summer Voyage 2012

Reflections on Savannah

By Kate “Bob” Addison Underway again and sailing is a good time to look back and reflect, so I want to tell you a bit more about our last port, Savannah, and the nice times we had there. Called Charleston’s “naughty little sister” she might be, but Savannah is a great historical port in her […]