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South Seas Voyage 2013-2014

Bay of Islands

A couple days ago we hoisted our boats, hove up the anchor and Picton Castle made her way from Parua Bay northward 53 miles to the famous and scenic Bay of Islands nearer the northern end of the North Island of New Zealand. By the way, although New Zealand seems to be small on the […]

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South Seas Voyage 2013-2014

Parua Bay

The Picton Castle is serenely swinging to her starboard anchor at the mouth of Parua Bay here in New Zealand. We have a lovely warm late spring morning with soft sun and a gentle westerly breeze. Surrounded by low hills, the waters are as flat as can be. Yesterday in nice breezes the gang took […]

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South Seas Voyage 2013-2014

New Zealand Interludes

The Picton Castle has been along the coast of North Island of New Zealand for a spell now. It has been interesting and different for us to sail along the coast this way. And very pleasant and delightful too. After sailing from Australia through gales in the Tasman Sea and into Auckland for a Tall […]

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South Seas Voyage 2013-2014

Sailing the Hauraki Gulf of New Zealand

Picton Castle sailed from Prince‚Äôs Wharf in downtown Auckland on a sunny morning after the recent gathering of beautiful Tall Ships we had joined. Now we were going to sail the famous Hauraki Gulf. It had been a long time since we had sailed among islands close together, sailing in the daytime and anchoring at […]