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Day’s Run – March 15, 2018

Yesterday we said farewell to St George’s, Bermuda and got back to sea. The crew did an excellent job sailing the ship off the dock and out of the Town Cut showing off some good old fashioned square rig sail handling. Now that we are at sea our little world has changed again, it’s easy […]

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Gulf of Mexico

Passage to Bermuda

There is nothing quite like a ship on a mission to get people focused. The mission: get Picton Castle to Bermuda, and at that this crew has done well. It’s no easy task to load a ship in the dead of winter and prepare for going to sea. Everything takes just that much longer, from […]

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Day's Run Gulf of Mexico

Day’s Run – February 26, 2018

Land Ho! Sighted Gibb Hill, Bermuda just after noon today. Its been a good passage and we are all looking forward to seeing our friends in Bermuda. A beautiful star filled night at sea last night and another bright and sunny day today. We should be entering the Town Cut at St. George’s, Bermuda late […]

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Day's Run Gulf of Mexico

Day’s Run – February 25, 2018

What a change! Yesterday afternoon came with our much anticipated crossing of the Gulf Stream. Even when you have crossed in and out of this current before it is always a surprise just how quickly the world around you can change. Very suddenly the water temp shot up to 24°C and the air turned warm […]

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Gulf of Mexico Lunenburg

Day’s Run – February 24, 2018

We had our wind shift overnight as expected and early this morning got the ship turned to the South with a fresh West wind. The crew did a good job in the early morning hours getting sail back on to speed us along in our passage and steady out the ship’s motion. Though the sun […]

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Gulf of Mexico Lunenburg

Day’s Run – February 23, 2018

Another clear and cold morning dawned on the Eastern edge of the George’s Bank as Picton Castle makes her way to the southwest. Cold as it was this morning the day has warmed to about 8°C and the sun feels good as we are motorsailing along under topsails and the foresail. Many of the crew […]

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Day's Run Gulf of Mexico Lunenburg

Day’s Run – February 22, 2018

Picton Castle hove up anchor from Rose Bay this morning just before sunrise. Having left our berth in Lunenburg yesterday afternoon with all systems go, we are on our way to Bermuda. The crew spent the last few days bending on more sail to speed our passage along and enjoyed some unseasonably warm temperatures. It’s […]

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Prince Edward Island RDV2017 Rendezvous 2017 Summer 2017

Captain’s Log – Boston to Summerside

At about 1300 on the 22nd of June PICTON CASTLE stood out past the Boston Light, set to the t’gallants. After five busy days in the port of Boston we are sailing out to join the Tall Ships fleet for the start of Sail Training International’s race number 4 of the Rendezvous 2017 Tall Ships […]

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RDV2017 Rendezvous 2017

Good Sailing

Friday May 26, 2017 After a boisterous few days under sail in strong conditions first light broke with a clear sky this morning, our first since Picton Castle set out from Charleston after an excellent meeting of Tall Ships there. With the ship quietly rolling along under tops’ls and the fores’l at about 5.5 knots […]

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Back-To-Back Transatlantics Voyage 2016 La Grande Traversee

Captain’s Log – 30 August, 2016

At 2230 this evening Picton Castle dropped anchor in Rose Bay, in the same spot we lay four months and a little under 10,000 nautical miles ago. Quite a contrast to the blustery cold morning when we set out into the North Atlantic in May, the ship now lays calm and still, the only noise […]