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Back-To-Back Transatlantics Voyage 2016 Day's Run

Day’s Run – 28 May, 2016

At 1140 in the AM local time, after 2,999 nautical miles and 22 days at sea PICTON CASTLE dropped anchor off Ile’ Aix in Basque Roads, about 8 miles from our final destination in the Port of La Rochelle.  We made a good passage overall, averaging about 5.5kts for the trip and it is very […]

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Day’s Run – 27 May, 2016

Wind and sea have become calm as we cross the Bay of Biscay.  With only 100 miles to go a little afternoon we are anticipating anchoring tomorrow morning. With the sun shining most of the day we have swung into full port prep: a ship coming in from sea is always supposed, at least on […]

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Day’s Run – 26 May, 2016

Our steaming continues as we start to cross the Bay of Biscay in the last few days of our passage. The weather has turned quite pleasant, sunny, warming up, and the seas have laid down. This has given us a chance to dry out the whole ship after so much wet weather on this trip. […]

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Day’s Run – 25 May, 2016

We continued to sail through the night. It was a very pleasant night with a full moon and light winds, the ship sailing along easily under full sail. Nights like this also give us time to practice our sail handling with the light sails that have been so little used on this passage thus far. As […]

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Day’s Run – 24 May, 2016

The Gale continued on through the night, pushing us further to the north east.  But just before noon the wind started to abate, the rain showers cleared off and at the watch change the wind was down enough for us to set all sail. With all of our sails being cotton canvass we need to […]

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Day’s Run – 23 May, 2016

Though we expected it to come on to blow during the night the wind remained moderate and gusty, making it seem as if it were about to pick up and then not. As such we carried easy sail through the night, Topsails and Courses, and it was in the early morning light that the wind […]

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Day’s Run – 22 May, 2016

As predicted the wind went light over the course of the night. At around 6am as the sun came up to reveal a beautiful Sunday for us the breeze went from light to calm. Though we have been making good time there is no cause to sit around and with another low pressure system coming […]

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Day’s Run – 21 May, 2016

This day came in with a solid breeze a little to the north of west and after having been shortened down for the night we set more sail in the morning watch. But before setting sails we did some training with the on deck watch and the daymen in the morning. PICTON CASTLE has a […]

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Day’s Run – 20 May, 2016

After a squally night under Topsails the cold front passed through in the early morning and the weather started to clear off and settle into a moderate westerly breeze. At first light we made sail to the Royals and continued on our way, still sailing to the South of East. We are currently making for […]

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Day’s Run – 19 May, 2016

Another day with a pleasant sailing breeze. Though a little cloudy and the breeze a little less than yesterday we made full sail again this morning shortly after wearing ship at the 8am watch change in order to make some more ground to the north.  We wore ship again at the noon watch change and […]