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Day’s Run – January 28, 2015

REMARKS: The wind picked up to a force 6 overnight, and the day came in brisk and grey. At that speed we would have made landfall in Luderitz at night, so we took in sail to tap the brakes and avoid an arrival in darkness. By lunch time today the sun has come out, wind […]

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Day’s Run – January 27, 2015

REMARKS: Running downwind with the yards square, it’s a lovely sunny day but not too hot here in the South Atlantic Ocean. The water is very green here in these coastal waters. Beautiful starlit night last night, and dolphins came to play in the bow wave – the bioluminescence in the water makes them glow […]

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Sailmaking in Cape Town

By Lead Seaman and Sailmaker Aspirant Amy Barlow Monday January 26th, 2015 When the Picton Castle was alongside Jetty 2 in the V&A Basin of Cape Town, just next to the ship was a fine, small and empty shed about 70 feet by 40 feet. It was clean, dry and with a smooth floor. This […]

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Day’s Run – January 26, 2015

REMARKS: At sea again! After a magnificent three week stay in beautiful Kaap Stad, it’s good to be at sailing again. We steamed overnight in light headwinds, and then the wind came fair this morning so we set sail at the change of the watch. There’s nothing like that first moment of quiet when the […]

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Cape Town

By Kate “Bob” Addison January 12th, 2015 Picton Castle is in Cape Town! It’s a beautiful Monday morning, bright sunshine but not too hot so the air feels crisp and the colours are clean and vibrant. We are at the most perfect dock here in the V&A Waterfront in front of the fancy Table Bay […]

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Day’s Run – December 31

BOUND FROM: Reunion Island, France, Indian Ocean TOWARDS: Cape Town, South Africa, Atlantic Ocean TIME ZONE: GMT +3 NOON POSITION: 34°55.4S /020°50.2’E DAYS RUN: 135 nm PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 2,073 nm DISTANCE REMAINING: 174 nm WIND: Wind Force 4, SSE WEATHER: Fair, 5/8 cloud, visibility very good, barometer 1020 millibars and falling slowly SWELL HEIGHT […]