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Day’s Run – 27 June, 2016

As we approach the southwestern corner of the North Atlantic high, the wind has become gradually lighter. With as much sail set as we can carry, the ship is still doing well in the very moderate conditions. We are expecting this part of the crossing to be slower and are happy with the wind keeping […]

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Day’s Run – 26 June, 2016

An overcast Sunday at sea. The wind has faired a little more and the Studding Sail booms were run out again this morning. To mark the occasion of being a little more than half way across we held a ‘social hour’ on the quarter deck this afternoon, and to counter the grey day the crew […]

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Day’s Run – 25 June, 2016

While our good speed continues we are having to work a bit harder for it. The wind strength and direction have started to become more inconsistent and this requires much more sail handling to get the utmost out of the ship. All bent sail was set this morning as the wind moderated, but as it […]

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Day’s Run – 24 June, 2016

The squalls started up again last night and the Studding Sails came in early. As the morning came on, the wind built to the upper end of Force 5 and started gusting 6. During the morning watch the Royals, Flying Jib and Gaff Topsail were taken in hand. The ship continued to speed along though […]

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Day’s Run – 23 June, 2016

As the night wore off the wind began to build in the morning. The ship is still sailing to the West with the wind mostly behind us and this allowed us to carry all sail and take best advantage of the wind strength. There is nothing quite like a square rigger with a fresh quartering […]

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Day’s Run – 21 June, 2016

Though we did find the North Easterlies, they are not steady yet. Last night the breeze died away almost completely. As there is still some swell running we had to take in the Fore & Aft sails and haul up the Courses in order to keep them from slatting against the rig. We are also […]

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The wind has remained from the north and a few squalls overnight provided for some sail handling in the watches. ┬áThis morning dawned fair with a Force 4 Northerly and we made all sail except the Fore Topmast and Lower Studding Sails. With the fair weather continues much work aloft greasing wires, fixing mousings and […]

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Day’s Run – 20 June, 2016

Today was Studding Sail day (pronounced ‘Stun-s’l’). The last bit of canvass we can set in PICTON CASTLE extends out beside the square sails on booms. These sails are reserved for moderate conditions and long passages where there won’t be too much bracing or other sail handling. We carry three of them on the weather […]

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Day’s Run – 19 June, 2016

A beautiful Sunday at sea … that is until the Flying Jib developed a large tear. We quickly got the sail down before more damage could be done and got it unbent and back to deck. The poor old sail has given many miles to the ship and we have a new one on the […]

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Day’s Run – 18 June, 2016

Our tradewind passage continues, we are expecting though that the winds might get a little light at our current latitude so in the morning watch we wore ship to head further south in hopes of steadier winds. With the good weather the flurry of day work continues as well: many new ratlines going up, coatings […]