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Atlantic Ocean Leg 4: Cape Town to Lunenburg World Voyage 4

South Atlantic Easter Weekend

Happy Easter to all those folks at home; enjoy that chocolate and the long weekend! The Picton Castle is under full sail including stun’s’ls. It’s a sunny day out here—not too hot, not cold, and gorgeous blue skies. The Picton Castle is making just more than 5 knots and that’s a nice speed—not lumpy, just […]

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Atlantic Ocean Leg 4: Cape Town to Lunenburg World Voyage 4

Leaving St. Helena

We need wind. Not too much. Not a gale. But more than a puff would be useful. A nice Force 4/5 would do the trick. There are many superstitions that sailors of old and sailors of now still believe, if not overtly vocally, then definitely in their minds. For example, on board you never whistle. […]

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Atlantic Ocean Leg 4: Cape Town to Lunenburg World Voyage 4

St. Helena

The Island of St. Helena in the middle of the South Atlantic, besides being a striking piece of volcanic rock in the middle an ocean far from anywhere, is quite the cross-roads, literally. St. Helena is best known probably for the incarceration of Napoleon Bonaparte but on a larger scale of thinking that would have […]

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Atlantic Ocean Leg 4: Cape Town to Lunenburg World Voyage 4

Steaming Towards St. Helena

Maybe we used up our allotted wind for the week during the gale on Monday, because right now there really isn’t too much of it! The main engine is on and we are motoring towards St. Helena, about 750 nm away. Yesterday the weather was beautifully warm, and shockingly enough most of us had our […]

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Atlantic Ocean West Africa World Voyage 4

Approaches to Luderitz:Blowing a Holy Hooley!

Holy Moley! It is blowing a gale, no joke! Last night the watches took in royals. This morning t’gallants came in. I woke up this morning and we were blazing along at 9 knots. Since then the wind has picked up even more and we have taken in more sail; now the Picton Castle is […]

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Atlantic Ocean Cape Town, South Africa World Voyage 4

In the Atlantic Ocean Again — at Last!

It doesn’t seem possible but we were in Cape Town for more than a month! The time flew by in a haze of contractors, dirt, dust, school children, family, receptions, sightseeing, visits to Christel house, wine-tastings, and way, way too much food! The crew have been busy comparing what we have started to refer to […]