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Day’s Run – 18 May, 2016

What a day! Beautiful warm and sunny, and a fresh westerly breeze to boot. In the morning we made full sail, the wind being just right to have every stitch full and drawing, the ship bounded along all afternoon making upwards of 8 knots at times. The sailmakers finished the roping of the new Main T ‘gallant Staysail and ran […]

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Day’s Run – 17 May, 2016

The Crew kept busy through the night with sail drills now that we are able to carry more sail.  In the morning it was time to make a little more ground to the north, we wore ship at the 0800 watch change and set Royals.  The clouds blew off and the sun warmed the deck […]

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Day’s Run – 16 May, 2016

Half Way! We are making a very good passage to France, 10 days out and half way across. Our Sunday weather system moved on overnight and the morning dawned clear with light cloud cover and a Force 4 wind. With this we set all sails in the morning watch. It was a good exercise as […]

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Day’s Run – 15 May, 2016

The wind moderated this morning again and the skies cleared for the early morning. As the Sunday galley team prepared breakfast (giving Donald a much deserved day off) PICTON CASTLE is pushed easily along and the sun is shining brightly. A lovely way to start our Sunday.   This didn’t last for long however; the next […]

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Day’s Run – 14 May, 2016

Heavy winds kept up through the night at speeds 8 to 9 knots. The weather on the whole has warmed up, much to the relief of all hands, however that didn’t stop a squall this morning from unloading hail on to us! We quickly got out the deck brushes to clear it off as the […]

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Day’s Run – 13 May, 2016

Overnight as predicted the wind built with the seas still relatively small the ship rode along comfortably logging 7 and 8kts most of the night into the morning. The crew have been keeping busy doing their ship checks and keeping a close eye on things in general. It has been said that ‘eternal vigilance is […]

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Day’s Run – 12 May, 2016

After motoring through a calm night set sail around noon today. A north east breeze sprang up and we got the ship under sail slowly to the south. Slowing down is exactly what we want to do at this time as a low pressure system is deepening over this area and we want to give […]

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Day’s Run – 11 May, 2016

Light winds continued through the night and into today and we continue to steam along. This morning dawned clear and bright, still a welcome relief from the fog. Finally our chance to dry things out a bit, all the sails were loosed and many articles of clothing and towels hung out to shed some moisture […]

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Day’s Run – 9 May, 2016

The Fog is with us again, closing in during the night. Though the visibility was less than half a mile this morning the sky was clear so all of the fog around us was brightly glowing with the sun, talk about blinding! Most of us tried to put on sun glasses but they just fogged up with all the moisture […]

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Day’s Run – 8 May, 2016

REMARKS: After a night of sailing in moderate conditions under Topsails and Courses (still with the ever present fog) this morning it came on to blow fresh. By 1100 the wind was up to Force 8 from the South and all hands were called to take in and furl Upper Topsails and the Mainsail. As […]