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Day’s Run – 30 March, 2016

The wind has eased off and faired a little so the Captain ordered more sail set: we rigged the studdingsail gear and set the topmast studdingsail, and then the sailmakers finished stitching making the new gaff topsail so we bent and set that too.  It’s satisfying watching the genesis of a new sail from rolls […]

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Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Captain’s Log – Caribbean Part I: Martinique to Dominica

Written by Purser Kate (Bob) Addison 23 March, 2016 The Caribbean feels like a sailor’s reward at the end of a long voyage.  It is difficult not to love these islands, scattered in a chain curving down from Puerto Rico almost to Trinidad, with their pristine turquoise waters and palm-fringed white sand beaches baking in […]

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Day’s Run – 29 March 2016

Still sailing north in almost perfect weather – Donald says he brought the nice weather with him from the Caribbean and it’s going to stay with us the whole way, we hope so! SHIP’S WORK: Replace starboard main t’gallant brace and starboard gaff vang, scrape t’gallant st’ns’l boom ready for varnish.  Sailmaking: roping new gaff topsail, seaming […]

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Day's Run Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 28 March, 2016

PICTON CASTLE sailed off the dock at St. Martin this morning. We hove-to just long enough to get the anchor on the rail and the skiff hoisted, and then set our course north towards Bermuda, sailing close to the easterly trade winds under bright blue skies.  We’re homeward bound now, just one more island call […]

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Day’s Run – 23 March, 2016

Saw whales blow off the starboard bows this afternoon – we didn’t get close enough to identify them, but it seemed like there were more than one.  We sailed between the islands of St Kitts and St Eustatius mid-afternoon, they looked very pretty all green in the sunshine. Donald is happy we’re close enough to […]

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Day’s Run – 22 March, 2016

The wind has been variable as we make our way between the islands, so there’s been heaps of sail handling, taking in and setting royals and upper staysail, even t’gallants and the mainsail at times as the wind built to a force 6. It was an excellent evening for taking star sight tonight: clear horizon […]

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Day’s Run – 21 March, 2016

The rebuild of KARL, our wooden project boat from Palmerston Island in the Cook Islands, South Pacific, had twin objectives: to get the gang involved with some of the skills of traditional wooden boat building and repair – including making and using our own steam box – and also to give us another boat to […]

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Day’s Run – 20 March, 2016

North bound in the Caribbean Sea, all sails set and the sun is shining.  Bound from Grenada for Anguilla, we’re sailing inside the curve of the Windward and then the Leeward Islands; keeping far enough offshore to avoid the wind shadows of the high islands, but close enough in to pick up the fair current […]

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Day's Run Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 11 March, 2016

Sailing MONOMOY yesterday from Union Island over to Petite Martinique in company with PICTON CASTLE – we even had time for a swim at the most perfect little island on the way…

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Day’s Run – 8 March, 2016

Bequia is pretty much classic Caribbean…with its funky painted houses down to fine white sand beaches and crystal clear water, which pretty much begs you to jump in.  There’s reggae music, fried chicken, fresh coconuts to drink and heaps of sailing: from little kids learning to sail in optimist dinghys to FRIENDSHIP ROSE, the most […]