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South Seas Voyage 2013-2014

Clearing In At New Zealand

By Cheri Davidson After all of our Seamanship Derby fun on Saturday, Picton Castle motor-sailed around the northern tip of New Zealand and into the Bay of Islands on Sunday. There were lots of lovely green hills and lush mountains and rock coming right up out of the ocean. It all looks a lot like […]

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Seamanship Derby in the Tasman Sea

By Cheri Davidson October 22, 2013 Last Saturday we had the 8th Biennial Picton Castle Seamanship Derby to test the skills of our trainees and have bunches of fun. It’s best to do this kind of event on good weather days, and boy did we have it. Sunny skies, light winds and a temperature warm […]

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Land of Clouds

Ahead in the east the rosy loom of a sun below the horizon is fading the stars out of the sky – except for the Southern Cross and its pointer stars. These points of light in the deep dark blue sky above the growing morning on the starboard seems to drift or hang over this […]

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The Evening Watch

17 October 2013 All day the winds have blown a steady Force 4 to 5 just aft of the port beam of the Barque Picton Castle as we sail east. Our ship has been making a steady six to seven knots under topgallants and all plain sail on a cobalt blue-sky day. The gang has […]

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The Morning Watch

16 October 2013 Coming on deck of our barque this morning for the morning watch of 4 to 8 we find the Picton Castle sailing along with fair winds just aft of the port beam. The ship is sailing east in the Tasman Sea along the 34th parallel south of the equator at about 163 […]

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Tasman Winds

By Cheri Davidson 14 October 2013 We’ve heard stories of Picton Castle being a tough sea-going sailing ship, but now we know first-hand and have our own stories to tell. After sailing from Sydney Harbour in the company of 15 other ships, six of us are continuing on to New Zealand as part of the […]

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Sydney

By Cheri Davidson Picton Castle is now on her way through the Tasman Sea, bound from Sydney, Australia to more Tall Ship festivities in New Zealand. We spent a whole week in Sydney, and it was such a hub of activity with both ship related work, as well as having fun on our time off. […]

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Picton Castle Retires From Race

Those of you who have been following the Tall Ships Regatta race across the Tasman Sea from Australia to New Zealand may have noticed that our race status is “retired”. We assure you that all is well aboard. Last night the wind was calm and the sea state was lumpy and we had almost no […]

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Picton Castle in Sydney

We sailed from Newcastle, just 60 miles up the coast, for Sydney to join in with a large Naval Review celebrating the founding of Australia’s Navy 100 years ago. Picton Castle and 15 other sailing ships boarded excellent pilots and steamed in the long winding channel under power in freezing cold rain to dock at […]

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Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

September 30, 2013 After pushing pretty hard against stiff headwinds most of the day we picked up our pilot 2 miles off the breakwater to the entrance of Newcastle Harbour. I wanted to get in to spare the gang a night of being hove-to in 25 knot winds and 5 metre seas. At dusk our […]