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Day’s Run – 25 April 2019

A good day at sea today. We had a discussion on the nature of Grenada and the islands last night. Tonight we will see the amazing film by Alexis Andrews about wooden boat building in Carriacou. The building of 40 and 50 sloops for fishing, trading (and smuggling at one time) and also schooners. I […]

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Day’s Run – 23 April 2019

Very broad squall this morning at dawn ushering in an overcast day. Clothes set to soak for a big washing later. Soon a talk on the islands and what is to come. Planks getting cut for ANN, the boat we’re restoring aboard. New life ring holders getting welded on. Small jobs everywhere. Liz is in […]

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Sailing our Blue-Water Barque Along the Coast of Brazil

Easter Sunday at 03-40′ N / 49-22′ W about 105 nautical miles off the NE coast of Brazil at noon. We have a surpassingly beautiful day with us right now. The Picton Castle has all sail set apart from royals and flying jib. Winds are fresh and about abeam from the northeast. We are sailing […]

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Day’s Run – 21 April 2019

Winds have laid down to a pleasant force 4+. Seas have settled down now that we are past the massive outpouring of the Amazon River. Sunday at sea, a lovely day. Thoughts of Caribbean islands dominate. Date: April 21,  2019 From: St Helena Island, South Atlantic Ocean Towards: Grenada, West Indies Noon position: 03°-39′ North […]

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Day’s Run – 20 April 2019

Fresh to strong northeasterly trade winds and a strong Brazilian current are sending us on our way. Pretty lumpy seas, no doubt due in part to bounce back off the coast to the leeward. Flying jib, outer jib, fore t’gallant, mainsail, spanker and upper staysails are taken in. Steering is pretty good though. Date: April […]

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Day’s Run – 19 April 2019

At about 2200 last night the Picton Castle broke though and crossed The Line, the Equator, into the northern hemisphere. Back in the north for the first time since approaching the Galapagos so many months ago. Yesterday was bright and shiny. But today is overcast and squally. Still making good time though. We are about […]

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Day’s Run – 16 April 2019

Still motoring here as we approach The Line. Many auspices for expecting to see good old northeast trade winds soon. Light puffy popcorn clouds, a steady and building swell from the NE. All looks good for a good breeze soon. Date:  April 16, 2019 From: St Helena Island, South Atlantic Ocean Towards: Grenada, West Indies […]

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Day’s Run – 18 April 2019

On the 8-12 watch last night the winds picked up out of the northeast. At midnight all sail was set and the good old reliable main engine was shut down. Big sighs of relief all around. The day came in bright and clear with a building northeast trade wind on the starboard quarter. Sweet sailing […]

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Day’s Run – 15 April 2019

Fired up the main engine at midday after winds pooped out all together. Looks like a couple days more at 7+ knots to steam out of these doldrums. Lots of rain last night and today. If we had an extra week or two we could sail out of these doldrums. Glad we have a good […]

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Day’s Run – 14 April 2019

Shut down the main engine at midday with a decent sailing breeze. Hope it lasts, doubt it will. We sailed within sight of Fernando de Noronha Island at dawn. It was 26 nautical miles to the north. Picking up some current now. But not out of the doldrums yet. Sunday at sea. Dogging the watches […]