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Day's Run Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 28 February, 2016

After a wonderful couple of weeks at sea, the crew are enjoying some island time…  St Pierre in Martinique has all the charm of a sophisticated small town in France, but the sunshine and palm-fringed beaches of the Caribbean.  Mount Pelle, is the islands volcano, and it’s still active – the last eruption was in […]

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Picton Castle Itinerary Update

For those of you who keep up with our website regularly, you’ll notice a change to our voyaging plans for 2016-2017. Sometimes an opportunity comes along that is worth changing plans for. This is the case this time. This summer, we’ll be involved in a special project that will see Picton Castle make two back-to-back […]

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Day's Run Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 23 February, 2016

Another sweet day of easy, trade wind sailing: blue seas, big blue skies and a fair breeze filling the white sails. The captain held an all-hands discussion this afternoon about the Caribbean Islands we may visit in the next month or so. He did a great job of whetting our appetite: amazing history and culture, […]

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Day's Run Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 24 February, 2016

It looks to be our last full day at sea of this most excellent transatlantic tradewind passage; we’re expecting to make our landfall in Martinique tomorrow.  It’s a little sad to be coming to the end of these long moonlit nights and sun soaked days at sea but a port stop in a sweet French […]

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Day's Run Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 22 February, 2016

Just another trade-wind Monday. There are now at least four sailmakers working on the quarterdeck at any one time, and four or five carpenters working midships getting Karl planked up, or planning down the mast on the port side of the well deck. The starboard well-deck is a cat’s cradle of footropes and cranelines getting […]

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Day's Run Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 21 February, 2016

Rigged studding sails on the fore-mast today. Studding sails or st’n’s’ls are extra sails set in light airs to add sail area and thus a little extra speed running down wind. These lovely sails date from clippers ship days and before. The breeze was finally light enough to need them today, so anyone who wanted […]

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Day's Run Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 20 February, 2106

Today saw the three watches battle for seamanship bragging rights in the long-awaited and much anticipated ‘Quest for the Broken Spoke’. Good job all round, but special mention to the 8-12 for their outstanding Star Wars costumes; 4-8 for entertaining (scaring) the judges with a Tongan Haka; and 12-4, the eventual winners, for demonstrating their […]

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Day's Run Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 19 February, 2016

More blue skies and seas. A few light rain squalls. Whales again this morning, closer to the ship and swimming along the port beam. Medium sized and with white markings, more Minke I think. Captain held a fascinating all-hands lecture on Atlantic slavery on the quarterdeck this afternoon. It’s particularly relevant as we sail this […]

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Day's Run Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 18 February, 2016

More whales off the ship today, but too far off to identify. Celestial navigation classes have reached a key point – putting all of the threads together to be able to draw a line of position on the chart based on the height of any celestial body at a known time. We’re using the sun […]

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Day's Run Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 17 February, 2016

Not much to report, just another fine day of tropical tradewind sailing, blue sky, blue seas and white square sails. The settled weather has been much the same for days now: glorious sunshine in the morning, a little too warm after lunch followed by light rain showers and then a fine afternoon, slightly cooler. Our […]