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South Pacific Voyage 2012-2013

Landfall: Pitcairn Island

By Kate “Bob” Addison January 21st, 2013 For the sixth time in her distinguished sail training career, barque Picton Castle is in sight of Pitcairn Island, which grows larger and more distinct as we draw closer. It is a perfect South Pacific afternoon, with sparkling blue seas and a bright blue sky as a backdrop […]

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South Pacific Voyage 2012-2013

It’s Not Christmas Anymore, But…

Greetings from our shore office in snowy Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada. While Picton Castle is hove to off Pitcairn Island in the South Pacific this morning, we’re being covered in a fluffy white blanket here, so much snow and wind that local schools are closed for the day. Quite different from swaying palm trees, warm […]

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South Pacific Voyage 2012-2013

Rigging

By Kate “Bob” Addison What better to write about on a glorious, sparkling South Pacific morning than the most glamorous of Picton Castle crew – the daymen riggers? Often compared to colorful birds of paradise (or more commonly to monkeys) riggers are happiest with both feet off the decks, working high up aloft. Here, they […]

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South Pacific Voyage 2012-2013

Carpenters

By Kate “Bob” Addison Here in the South Pacific it is another hot blue-sky day. Winds are light. The sun has been shining brightly all morning, and there are just a few fair weather clouds low over the horizon – nothing to offer heavenly shade. The decks are foot-scorching hot so most folks are wearing […]

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South Pacific Voyage 2012-2013

Engineers

By Kate “Bob” Addison Another beautiful day deep in the South Pacific Ocean, and all is well aboard Barque Picton Castle. The sun is bright, the seas are sparkly and skies are blue, and all on deck are busy working away on their projects for the morning – the bosun and his mates are sanding […]

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South Pacific Voyage 2012-2013

Sailmaking

By Kate “Bob” Addison Another perfect day sailing along in the Pacific Ocean aboard the Picton Castle, shoals of flying fish launch themselves, a small rain squalls wooshes by and a thousand miles or so before we next see dry land, and so it seemed a good time for a short series of special edition […]

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South Pacific Voyage 2012-2013

Trade Winds and Celestial Navigation

By Kate “Bob” Addison The first Monday in January finds Picton Castle sailing merrily along in the South Pacific at 10º17’S 108º08’W. There is a steady Force 5 breeze on the port quarter which makes us all very happy, as well as driving us along at a steady 6 to 7 knots. Our compass course […]

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South Pacific Voyage 2012-2013

Review of a Picton Castle Year

By Kate “Bob” Addison On the last day of the year, it seemed appropriate to look back at 2012 and all that it brought for the Picton Castle and her crew. I’ve had a great time today looking back through our old log books and re-reading old Captain’s logs – hope you enjoy the review […]

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South Pacific Voyage 2012-2013

Christmas at Galapagos

By Kate “Bob” Addison Picton Castle and her crew had a magical, unique Christmas here in the Galapagos Islands. The ship and her crew had crossed the Equator and found themselves at anchor in Wreck Bay on the island of San Cristobal, and since we couldn’t clear in through immigration until the morning, we all […]