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World Voyage 7

Picton Castle sailing into Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Our ocean wandering sail training ship, the Barque Picton Castle, has sailed into Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada and came alongside to complete a voyage around the world.  This is the ship’s seventh global circumnavigation out of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Perhaps a modern day record. Last port was St George’s, Bermuda after stops at Grenada, the […]

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Bermuda and to Sea

Picton Castle sailed into Bermuda from Jost Van Dyke, 850 nautical miles to the south, just ahead of tropical storm Andrea. We got secured at Ordnance Island at noon before shifting over to Penno’s Wharf. We were very graciously allowed to stay here for the duration of our visit. Once there at 8:30 in the […]

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Days Run May 29, 2019

At noon on May 29, 2019, Picton Castle was at 34-55N and 065-00W. Steering a northerly course. Bermuda is 265 nautical miles astern. The mouth of the Chesapeake Bay is 525 nautical miles on our port beam. Cross Island off Lunenburg 452 nautical miles dead ahead. We are also about a day away from the […]

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Day’s Run 28 May 2019

A good sail out Town Cut, St George’s, Bermuda under full sail. Nice warm day to start our climb north to Nova Scotia. Date: May 28,  2019 From: St George’s, Bermuda Towards: Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada Noon position: 34° 33′ N / 064° 35’W Course: SWly, at noon steering NE in a frontal passage. Desired […]

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Passage to Bermuda, North Bound

This has not been the finest sailing passage from the British Virgin Islands northbound for Bermuda and Nova Scotia. Winds started out light as Picton Castle and crew sailed north out of Jost Van Dyke and past Anegada into the North Atlantic for the first time in a year. Still warm, it remained so all […]

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Interlude at Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands

The Picton Castle sailed in and anchored under sail at Jost Van Dyke, in the British Virgin Islands, after a short two-day passage. We had been in the Saints just south of Guadeloupe. And a small rendezvous with Carriacou Sloop Genesis off Nevis. Jost (as we call it, pronounced Yost, although lately we are hearing […]

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Day’s Run 18 May 2019

Still pushing. Rainy and squally. Not bad though. In the old days of my youth with all this rain we would be out in it with a bar of soap getting squeaky clean. But we have freshwater showers now so why bother… Trainee Sue is getting her ratline seizing done. Sue is a strong sailor. […]

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Day’s Run – 17 May 2019

Wind petered out this morning and was light all night. At 1000 Engineer Deyan fired up the main engine and we are pushing. Weather is perfectly nice, just light winds. Crew are sanding and painting the chart house. Dirk is making a plank for ANN, the 16′ Palmerston Atoll cutter we are restoring. Lists are […]

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Landfall – British Virgin Islands – May 11, 2019

With the Saintes and Nevis well astern we kept sailing for the British Virgin Islands and Jost Van Dyke. At dawn, the day came in cloudy and warm. Wind was fair on the starboard quarter, seas modest. On the misty horizon ahead we could see the tips of the many Virgin Islands, so named by […]

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Îles des Saintes

Two days after sailing due north from St George’s, Grenada, the small group of islands known as “the Saints” lay on the horizon ahead. The Picton Castle had sailed past Bequia, St Vincent, St Lucia, Martinique and Dominica to make for the charming Saints. A decent passage it was. In the lee of the bigger […]