Captain's Log

Archive for June, 2019

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Three Tall Ships To Sail From Lunenburg

Bluenose II, Pride of Baltimore II, and Picton Castle will sail out of Lunenburg harbour together on Saturday June 15, starting around 10:00am.

All three vessels are heading for the Great Lakes where they will participate in the Tall Ships Challenge, an event made up of a series of port festivals and races, organized by Tall Ships America.

Canadian icon, the Schooner Bluenose II of Lunenburg will lead the way, under the command of Captain Phil Watson. Bluenose II was in Halifax this week doing open deck tours and harbour sails and is returning to Lunenburg on Friday evening in order to be part of this unique spectacle on Saturday morning.

Pride of Baltimore II arrived in Lunenburg on Tuesday morning for a short visit, taking on fuel and provisions before. Under the command of Captain Jan Miles, Pride of Baltimore II is the sailing ambassador of the State of Maryland.

Picton Castle, with its base of operations in Lunenburg, just completed an incredible seventh voyage around the world. After a short turnaround time at home base, Picton Castle is heading for the Great Lakes under the command of Captain Dirk Lorenzen.

These three vessels will join with a larger fleet of tall ships at the first official host port of the Tall Ships Challenge in Toronto from June 28 to July 1. The Tall Ships Challenge continues in Buffalo, Cleveland, Bay City, Green Bay, Kenosha, Sarnia/Midland, Kingsville, and Brockville (note that not all ships are participating at all ports).

All are welcome on the Lunenburg waterfront and the shores of Lunenburg Bay to see these three majestic sailing vessels get underway and start their voyage to the Great Lakes together. Even for a seaport like Lunenburg which sees its share of vessels coming and going, this will be an awe-inspiring sight.

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World Voyage 7 Sailors

by Arne Stefferud

Arne has been a steady hand the whole voyage. Below are a few of his perspectives.” Captain Daniel Moreland

As I near the end of World Voyage 7, I reflect on the places I’ve traveled to and the people I’ve sailed with. Descriptions of the places have been covered in other entries of the Captains Logs. Here is my perception of World Voyage 7 sailors.

They are personable. They feel out new friendships because they are living together. They have shared fun times, stressful times and at times sad times together. They have become a family.

They are perceptive. They are aware of their surroundings on deck and aloft to safely move about the ship – a constantly moving home that “keeps you on your toes.”

They are positive. They have encountered and surmounted impediments as they have learned to sail and maintain the tall ship Picton Castle. It’s very gratifying to successfully complete tasks after surmounting or struggling with “sticky” manila rope, gravity, tight spaces or large gaps and other challenges.

They are persistent and practical – not perfectionists. Sometimes it takes several attempts to do a task correctly, but they persevere to “get the job done.” They have learned a lesson from the Second Mate, “perfection is the enemy of progress”, for they do their jobs well enough and move onto the next one.

Most importantly, they are passionate about this endeavor to travel around the world or a portion of it on a tall ship. World Voyage 7 is a “once in a lifetime” experience. I believe the people we’ve met, the lessons we’ve learned and the experiences we’ve had will remain with us forever.

I believe we have crossed many latitudes and longitudes with a positive attitude and hearts full of gratitude to see the world’s pulchritude.

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