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Lunenburg Miscellaneous

Coronavirus and PICTON CASTLE

Dear PICTON CASTLE crew for our voyage to the South Pacific, It is pretty clear that have been some dramatic and significant changes in our world in the past few weeks.  We continue to look into how these changes affect PICTON CASTLE and our upcoming voyage to the South Pacific.  As we announced earlier this […]

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Voyage to the South Pacific

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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Voyage to the South Pacific

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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Lunenburg

Captain’s Log – From A Parent’s Perspective

By Trudi Inglis Over the years, I’ve spoken with many parents and grandparents who have children or grandchildren who want to come and sail on one of Picton Castle’s voyages.  One thing we all know about parents (grand or otherwise) is that they tend to worry. And if they’re talking to me, then they’re worrying […]

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Day's Run

“Colonel” Mad Mike Hoare….African Mercenary 1919-2020

We are were in Durban, South Africa, in December 1976 in the pretty 80’ Danish wooden Brigantine ROMANCE, the ship with so much of her DNA in PICTON CASTLE, about to set off around the Cape of Storms and onwards towards Cape Town. We were westward bound around the world on a long, almost two […]

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Voyage to the South Pacific

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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Voyage to the South Pacific

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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Voyage to the South Pacific

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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Day's Run

Will I Get Seasick?

Maggie here, from Picton Castle’s shore crew.  I wasn’t always shore crew, I first joined Picton Castle as a trainee back in 2005.  One of the things I was concerned about was seasickness.  As it turns out, my concerns were valid because I did indeed suffer from seasickness.  There’s no way to know who will […]

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Voyage to the South Pacific

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 […]