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Important Update to Crew – Voyage to the South Pacific

Dear Crew of Picton Castle’s Voyage to the South Pacific, This is an important update about the start of this voyage.  Please take it in and come back with any questions. We are postponing the crewing up and start of our Voyage to the South Pacific until the autumn. Due to this virus pandemic and […]

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Voyage to the South Pacific Update

Over the past weeks, we’ve been looking at our options in order to work out how to proceed with Picton Castle’s Voyage to the South Pacific.  With all of the various countries and ports having their own travel restrictions and requirements, we’ve been piecing together what the voyage should look like.  We have been in […]

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Captain’s Log – Takaroa, Tuamotu Archipelago

A little while ago I received a note from some family of friends who were out sailing around the South Pacific Ocean in their cruising yacht. They had asked me for, received and followed some advice about where to go and what to look for in the Tuamotu group northeast of Tahiti and the Society […]

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Update – Coronavirus and Picton Castle

To all Picton Castle crew, Like everyone else keen on our upcoming Voyage to the South Pacific in the PICTON CASTLE, we’ve been watching the news here as this coronavirus predictably expands.  We have also been gathering information from other ships and our agents and contacts in the countries we intend to visit.  We knew […]

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Why I’d Love to Sail to the South Pacific

This is Trudi writing. Someone who has never sailed in Picton Castle or any other sail training vessel. People wonder how on earth I ended up working for a tall ship being so entirely unfamiliar with sail training or sailing ships or sailing at all.  Living locally, I knew of the Picton Castle of course, […]

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Why I Love Sailing to the Caribbean

Sailing from Nova Scotia southbound for the tropics can be quite the treat as well as a challenge in a big old school square-rigger. Any kind of vessel really. We sail southbound for the Caribbean Sea in the Picton Castle in June. South to the Caribbean for the summer? Is this crazy? Not at all. In […]

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Galapagos Islands

Galapagos, Even Better Than I Imagined Maggie here, from Picton Castle’s shore crew.  I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have sailed with Picton Castle to the Galapagos not once but twice.  When I was first interested in sailing as a trainee, the Galapagos Islands was one of the ports I was most excited about.  Why?  To […]

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Sailing in the Tropics

Picton Castle and her shore crew are in the grip of winter here in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada.  On this Blue Monday, which is considered the saddest day of the year, we’re going to bring some sunshine into your life (and our lives) by writing about sailing in the tropics.  First, let’s clear up what […]

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Engineer Wanted!

Picton Castle Engineer Wanted For Voyage to the South Pacific The sail training ship Picton Castle is bound for the South Pacific in May 2020 and is in need of an engineer to join the professional crew for the voyage.  The voyage both starts and ends in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada.  The itinerary includes ports […]

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Bound for the South Pacific

Bound for the South Pacific in the Barque Picton Castle Here at the Picton Castle office, we have been getting all sorts of questions from folks who have been thinking about sailing in our Barque Picton Castle. They tell us that they are looking for that amazing deep-sea, blue-water seafaring, square-rigger voyaging experience. Kind of right […]