PICTON CASTLE sailed off the dock at St. Martin this morning.
We hove-to just long enough to get the anchor on the rail and the skiff hoisted, and then set our course north towards Bermuda, sailing close to the easterly trade winds under bright blue skies. We’re homeward bound now, just one more island call scheduled before Lunenburg and the end of this 6-month transatlantic voyage.
SHIP’S WORK: Bend main lower topsail, headrig seizings, paint chocks and bits, stow mooring lines in chain locker.
FROM: Marigot, St Martin
TOWARDS: St George, Bermuda
TIME ZONE: ZD+4
NOON POSITION: 18°06’N /063°07.5’W
DAYS RUN: nm
PASSAGE LOG: 324nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: nm
COURSE AND SPEED: North West by North (CMGT 326°T)
WIND: Force 4, North East by East
WEATHER: 2/8 cloud cover (cumulus), air temp 82F (28°C), barometer reading 1021 millibars, visibility good
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: approx 2 feet, East North by East
SAILS SET: Square sails to the t’gallants, fore, main and mizzen topmast staysails, main t’gallant staysail and inner jib, braced up sharp on a starboard tack.