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Day's Run World Voyage 7

Day’s Run – 10 July, 2018

Blue skies, trade wind clouds, blue seas, a few white caps.  Wind has picked up enough today, averaging 3 – 4 knots. Weather is gorgeous, making it comfortable and enjoyable to work in. At 0630 the quarter-deck was filled with eager crew members sporting headlamps, watches, and sextants in order to take a morning star […]

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Day's Run Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 13 January, 2016

Gentle easy sailing in warm balmy breezes astern along the coast of the Western Sahara. More whales around the ship this afternoon: we saw them breach and blow across a huge area around the ship, and even a few sets of flukes. From their bulky shape and size we think it was a pod of […]

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Day's Run Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 12 January, 2016

We are still enjoying bright warm weather and fair winds as we sail ever south towards Dakar, skirting the coast of Mauritania and the Western Sahara. There’s still heaps of shipping around, so the lookout, helmsman and officer of the watch have to be even more alert than usual, ready to call a passing ship […]

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Day's Run Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 25 November, 2015

This week we assigned daymen from the watches because the weather is better and the gang are becoming more accomplished at sail handling, so fewer people are required in the watches just to sail the ship, allowing us to focus a little more on ship’s work. Rigging assistants for the week are Mackenzie and Gary, […]

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Day's Run Westward Bound

Day’s Run – May 12, 2015

Another gorgeous day’s sailing. It’s been a great passage so far and we’ve built up some good time to allow for the calms we’re expecting overnight tonight as we meet a windless ridge of high pressure stretching out across the Atlantic. It was a busy early afternoon on the quarterdeck today with Ashley at the […]

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Summer Voyage 2012

Homeward Bound

By Kate “Bob” Addison 1 August 2012 It’s mid-morning on the first of August and Picton Castle is homeward bound, our position 45º44.3’N 061º32.2’W, as we motor sail into a light headwind towards Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Lunenburg is our Canadian home, and a very special place for the ship and her crew. It is also […]

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Atlantic Voyage 2012-2013

2012!

The holiday season is over, we’ve all recovered from eating far too much and it’s time to look ahead to what 2012 has to bring. Here in the Picton Castle office, we’re already working months ahead, fast forwarding to April of this year when we’ll start our next year-long voyage. After a week or so […]

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World Voyage 5

Nothing Will Ever Be The Same

To say that this voyage feels over, three weeks after arriving back in Lunenburg, 14 months after the voyage began, would be a falsehood. To say that anyone who was crew during the 5th World Circumnavigation Voyage can yet explain what we saw, what we felt, what we experienced, would be untrue. The Captain warned […]

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Newfoundland Voyage

Planning for Newfoundland

Voyage planning is a fascinating process. Generally it involves charts, dividers, pencils, calculators, calendars, pilot books and cruising guides, along with vast amounts of caffinated beverages. As part of the process, ideas and imaginings become real, places I’ve heard about become familiar to me through their details. I found that particularly true while working on […]

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World Voyage 5

Explorations of Reunion Island

On January 4th, 2011 the Captain manoeuvred the Picton Castle into an astonishingly tight docking spot in Port Ouest, La Reunion Island. It was indeed a delicate procedure. The Captain gave helm orders to Nadja who responded with strong and controlled turns of the big teak wheel. Chris manned the engine controls, putting the engine […]