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Bali – Day 3

Serangan Bay, day three in Bali, Picton Castle halfway around the world. The day here at anchor in Serangan comes in with a tropical rain shower – the monsoon change is upon us – followed by clearing and then a fine view of the Mount Agung volcano well to our north, for a while anyway […]

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Bali – Day 1

Yesterday the Picton Castle steamed into Serangan just to the north of Benoa, the large commercial port on the southern tip of Bali, Indonesia. We had a very good passage the 3,000 miles from Vanuatu. An excellent sailing passage of 1,500 miles from Santo to Cape York, the northernmost tip of Australia, followed by a […]

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Day’s Run – 19 November, 2018

Indian Ocean Bound for Bali, south of Sumbawa, west of Sumba After another evening of half the crew sleeping soundly on the hatch, Monday morning started with a hot sunrise on our backs as the crew sipped their morning coffee on the aloha deck. After breakfast our avid fisherman Colin spent his morning untangling his […]

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Day’s Run – 18 November, 2018

Sunday at Sea, there is a calm feeling in the atmosphere. Despite the heat, crew members are enjoying their relaxing day after this morning’s up and stow; always a nice start to the day: to climb freshly out of bed and keep climbing up through the rigging, laying out onto the yard and busting up […]

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Day’s Run – 17 November, 2018

In the Timor Sea: to our north is the Island of Timor, to our southeast is Australia about 250 miles away, and as we enter the Indian Ocean Bali is only 460 miles away now. In some nice hot tropical hot weather but we hear it’s snowing and sleeting and hailing back in Lunenburg. Last […]

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Day’s Run – 16 November, 2018

This morning the crew awoke to a gorgeous bright orange sunrise on the port quarter, filling the sky above it with every colour in the rainbow. Yesterday’s Thanksgiving celebration was a grand feast, as tradition would have it we overfilled our stomachs with turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberries and to top it off chocolate ice cream […]

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Day’s Run – 15 November, 2018

Breezy morning on deck as the winds picked up on our beam. As crew munched down on this morning’s breakfast of porridge and eggs, grey skies rolled towards us. At 0830 the rain poured, nobody complained, it was a refreshing start to the day after an evening of hot, humid air. This sent every department […]

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Day’s Run – 14 November, 2018

Off Coburn Penninsula Hot, hot, hot again today, we’ve been lucky that once the evening rolls around and the sun retires for the night, things cool off and crew are able to get a good night’s rest. As soon as breakfast rolls around the following day we are lathering on sunblock and awnings are rigged […]

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Day’s Run – 12 November, 2018

It’s a beautiful sailing day onboard, heading west, almost dead downwind, braced square with all square sails set. Picton Castle looks like a majestic ship straight out of a film. Hmm, Picton Castle is a majestic ship! Bacon for breakfast! It’s always a good start to the week when the sweet aromas of bacon waft […]

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Day’s Run – 11 November, 2018

Sunday at Sea! There is always a sense of calm when waking to sunny, calm seas and winds on Sunday morning. Even though the ship’s routine is the same, same wake-up times and same meal times, Sundays have an air of peacefulness about them. With no projects being opened up, no sails laid out on […]