We’re underway! Much thanks to the crowd of Lunenburgers and well wishers who came down to the wharf to wish us fair winds yesterday. The first day at sea of this voyage and all is well aboard PICTON CASTLE. Seas are small and winds quite light though it’s cold. New hands are finding their sea legs and getting the hang of watches, getting their first trick at the helm and learning to stand an effective lookout up forward on the foc’s’le head. Not too much traffic about but the occasional fishing boat.
SHIP’S WORK: First day out and the focus is on making sure everything we’ve stowed ready for sea is still properly stowed, and all is just as it should be. Drilling in setting and taking in the spanker and mainsail.
BOUND FROM: Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
TOWARDS: Flores Island, Azores
TIME ZONE: ZD + 3
NOON POSITION: 44°19.1’N /064°14.1’W
DAYS RUN: 3nm
PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 3 nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 1,500 nm
COURSE AND SPEED: 141°T
WIND: W, Force 3
WEATHER: clear skies, 43°F, barometer reading 1023
SWELL HIGHT & DIRECTION: less than 1m
NW SAILS SET: Square sails set to the t’gallants and all fore and aft