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Archive for March, 2018

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Day’s Run – March 28, 2018

By Cara Lauzon

We started our day with unbending and lowering the main t’gallant in order to fix a small tear in the sail. John, our Sailmaker, and the Captain have spent the day working on that as well as a new sail. It’s still beautiful weather, sunny and clear. We were aloft on the main bending on a new t’gallant and we could see a massive dolphin maybe about 6-8 feet long swimming along with the ship, we could just see him swimming under the water with sunspots shifting on his back. We also had a tiny little finch of some sort flying around the rigging last night that was still with us this morning. The 4-8 watch had a great time practicing knots last night and I caught this photo of them all trying to stand like their Lead Seaman, Anders.

Date: 28 March 2018
Noon Position: 24°41.3’N- 083°53.0’W
Course + Speed: NWxW1/2W, 6.1kts
Wind direction + Force: ExN, F5
Swell Height + Direction: 1.5m, ExN
Weather: Bright and sunny
Day’s Run: 150nm
Passage Log: 728.5nm
Distance to Port: 650nm
Voyage: 2675nm
Sail Set: topsails, courses, t’gallants, inner jib


Anders and the 4-8 watch pose on the quarterdeck

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Day’s Run – March 27, 2018

By Cara Lauzon

Another beautiful night of clear sailing last night. The wind picked up in the early morning and now we are crossing the Gulf Stream which is causing a fair amount of roll, but we still have fair wind so the sailing is good. Yet another sunny day the color of the water seems more vivid today. Mid-morning a pod of dolphins appeared off the port bow! Can you find them jumping in this photo?

Date: 27 March 2018
Noon Position: 23°53.4’N-081°17.8’W
Course + Speed: WxN, 6kts
Wind direction + Force: ExN, F6
Swell Height + Direction: 3m, ExN
Weather: Bright and sunny
Day’s Run: 149nm
Passage Log: 575.7nm
Distance to Port: 798nm
Voyage: 2522nm
Sail Set: topsails, courses, inner jib, main topmast staysail

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Day’s Run – March 26, 2018

By Cara Lauzon

Last night was just amazing, the moon was bright and the sailing smooth, clear skies and stars. I (the Purser) stayed on deck almost until midnight because it was so beautiful, and because the 8-12 watch had hot cocoa. This morning we sent up the main royal yard which was exciting, and currently the fore royal is being sent up. I went aloft on the fore and caught some beautiful photos of the process. We are sailing up the Old Bahama Channel at the moment. To starboard not far off is Reef running the length of the Channel and to port only about 15 nautical miles away is Cuba!

Date: 26 March 2018
Noon Position: 22°58.5’N-078°47.6W
Course + Speed: WNW, 5.5kts
Wind direction + Force: ExN, F4
Swell Height + Direction: 0.5m,ExN
Weather: Bright and sunny
Day’s Run: 133nm
Passage Log: 469.8nm
Distance to Port: 945nm
Voyage: 2471nm
Sail Set: All Bent Sail


We have a main royal yard and sail (the uppermost square sail on the main mast and the spar that supports it)!

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Day’s Run – March 25, 2018

By Cara Lauzon

Yesterday afternoon we enjoyed a workshop from the Captain on sail theory and balance. Ship’s cat Fiji was very interested in the material! Woke this morning yet another beautiful wind with sunny skies. Its Sunday at Sea again, we are taking some time to clean things and have some rest. Caleb has opened the barber shop so everyone will look their finest by the evening. The crew is enjoying the sunshine and look forward to crossing a royal yard tomorrow.

Date: 25 March 2018
Noon Position: 21°54.5’N-076°40.9’W
Course + Speed: WxN, 5.3kts
Wind direction + Force: Email, F4
Swell Height + Direction: 1m, ExS
Weather: Bright and sunny
Day’s Run: 126nm
Passage Log: 335.8nm
Distance to Port: 1075nm
Voyage: 2337nm
Sail Set: All Bent Sail


Captain Sikkema leads a workshop

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Day’s Run – March 24, 2018

By Cara Lauzon

Yet another beautiful sunny day out here! The 8-12 watch is currently dressing the royal yard to send it up in the next coming days. The new hands are sitting in the sunshine as they learn knots and whippings. Ship’s cat Fiji is as usual helping with the royal yard and being very cute. There seems to be a trend of setting fishing lines out in hope of catching something.

Date: 24 March 2018
Noon Position: 21°09,8’N- 074°33,9’W
Course + Speed: WNW, 6kts
Wind direction + Force: NNW, F5
Swell Height + Direction: 1.5m, NNE
Weather: Bright and sunny
Day’s Run: 130nm
Passage Log: 892.1nm
Distance to Port: 1205nm
Voyage: 2210nm
Sail Set: All Bent Sail

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Day’s Run – March 23, 2018

By Cara Lauzon

We were anchored yesterday in the Turks and Caicos. To our Port was wide open beaches, to our starboard wide open sea. Everybody had the chance to go ashore and enjoy the beaches and sunshine, to go swimming and golf cart riding. The island was small and interesting, beautiful in places, with a large contrast between the cruise ship parts and the local parts. There were some great old colonial buildings in the center of Cockburn Town, the biggest town on the island, which consisted of just a strip of colorful old houses intermingled with little souvenir kiosks running the length of the beach. It was nice to get ashore but I think everyone is happy to be at sea again today. We have good wind out of the north and all sail set, it’s still gorgeous and sunny. Lots of painting and rigging going on as the crew settles back into watches.

Date: 23 March 2018
Noon Position: 20°56.0’N- 072°17,3’W
Course + Speed: W1/2S, 4.7
Wind direction + Force: N, F4
Swell Height + Direction: <1/2m, NNW
Weather: Bright and sunny
Day’s Run: 76nm
Passage Log: 760.1nm
Distance to Port: 1320nm
Voyage: 2078nm
Sail Set: All Bent Sail

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Day’s Run – March 21, 2018

By Cara Lauzon

Pleasant evening last night, and a beautiful night. Woke yet again to another sunny day. The wind picked up and we got a little sailing in which was fun. We are now approaching Turks and Caicos with rainbows in the sky! Looks like there are a lot of white beaches and red roofed houses. The ship is filled with an air of anticipation as everyone gets ready for their moment ashore.

Date: 21 March 2018
Noon Position: 21°29.9’N-071°10.5’W
Course + Speed: S, 7.5kts
Wind direction + Force: SSE, F5
Swell Height + Direction: 1m, SSE
Weather: Bright and sunny
Day’s Run: 179nm
Passage Log: 683.7nm
Distance to Port: 4.4nm
Voyage: 1999.8nm
Sail Set: None


Picton Castle heads for Turks and Caicos

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Day’s Run – March 20, 2018

By Cara Lauzon

Yesterday evening the sunset was incredible. I caught this photo of Anne-Laure taking sights with a sextant, she has been navigating the entire trip with celestial navigation. It was a night of stars, later the sky filled with them and we had the constellation book out and were trying to find them in the sky.

We woke to a light warm tropical rain which cleared quickly into a sunny day. We are now officially in the tropics 23°30’N and you can feel it getting warmer by the minute. A lot of rigging going on today, currently bending on the main t’gallant staysail and mizzen topmast staysail, good weather for it. The wind is picking up from the south and we have set some sail which is nice.

Date: 20 March 2018
Noon Position: 23°05,8’N-068°27,6’W
Course + Speed: SW1/4W, 6.7kts
Wind direction + Force: S, F3
Swell Height + Direction: 1m, WNW
Weather: Bright and sunny
Day’s Run: 168nm
Passage Log: 663.3nm
Distance to Port: 185nm
Voyage: 1819.4nm
Sail Set: Upper and Lower Topsails, Staysails


Captain Sikkema looks on while Anne-Laure takes sights with the sextant

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Day’s Run – March 19, 2018

By Cara Lauzon

Yesterday afternoon we enjoyed the rest of a Sunday at sea working on personal projects and enjoying the sunshine. Right before dinner the 4-8 set the main topmast staysail and inner jib, helping stabilize the rolling motion of the ship. We woke yet again to clear blue skies! This morning lots of ship’s work going on, painting, and carpentry and other rigging. The Captain spent the morning working on a sail with the help of ship’s cat Fiji!

Date: 19 March 2018
Noon Position: 24°56,4’N-066°08,2′ W
Course + Speed: SW, 6.3kts
Wind direction + Force: W, F2
Swell Height + Direction: 1m, NWxW
Weather: Bright and sunny
Day’s Run: 152nm
Passage Log: 503.3nm
Distance to Port: 586nm
Voyage: 1649.0nm
Sail Set: Main topmast staysail, Inner jib


Ship’s cat Fiji loves to help with sailmaking

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Day’s Run – March 18, 2018

By Cara Lauzon

We had an amazing afternoon of sailing yesterday with so many different things going on, then as the sun was setting the wind died and we took sail and began motoring. We woke this morning to a clear sky and Sunday at sea. We are still motoring, rolling a bit but the weather is gorgeous. Since there is a break in ship’s work we had a nice music jam on the well deck. Some of the crew are in their Sunday finest, wearing vests and dresses. Liz has kindly baked cookies for everybody and kept a constant flow of them coming at us all morning. It’s been a beautiful day and because it is cook Donald’s day off, Annie is our cook for the day.

Date: 18 March 2018
Noon Position: 26°34,0’N-064°00.4’W
Course + Speed: SWxW 4.5kts
Wind direction + Force: S, F2
Swell Height + Direction: 2m, NWxW
Weather: Bright and sunny
Day’s Run: 92.4nm
Passage Log: 451.4nm
Distance to Port: 707nm
Voyage: 1496.7nm
Sail Set: None

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