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Entering Vanuatu

By Kate “Bob” Addison Wednesday August 20th, 2014 Wednesday morning here at anchor on the SE corner of Malekula aboard Picton Castle at Banam Bay, is flat, glassy calm. It rained this morning, for the first time since we dropped the hook on Sunday, and the puffs of mist drifting above the dense, lush vegetation […]

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Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu

By Kate “Bob” Addison August 15th, 2014 Picton Castle is anchored in seventeen fathoms of water off Port Vila on the Vanuatu island of Efate. We sailed in on Sunday morning after a fabulous passage in fresh trade-winds from Fiji; for the last day and night we took off most of the sail because we […]

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Underway from Suva

By Kate “Bob” Addison August 6th, 2014 It’s just after lunch here in the South Pacific, our position 18°38’S, 178°45’E. This is the first full day at sea of this Westward Bound Voyage – the sixth time around the world for this fine barque, and the first time out of sight of land for some […]

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Getting Ready To Sail From Fiji

By Kate “Bob” Addison July 31st, 2014 The Picton Castle has been at anchor in Suva Harbour, Fiji, ever since coming off the slipway some weeks ago. We have had our big old fashioned port anchor down as it holds extremely well. This is a good thing when a ship is laid up. But an […]

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Getting Ready to Leave Fiji

By Kate “Bob” Addison July 30th, 2014 Another week has flown by aboard the Picton Castle, anchored here off Suva, Fiji, as we make the final preparations to set sail. Since my head has been stuffed with check lists of things to do and buy for the last couple of weeks, I find myself unable […]