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Back-To-Back Transatlantics Voyage 2016

Day’s Run – 16 May, 2016

Half Way! We are making a very good passage to France, 10 days out and half way across. Our Sunday weather system moved on overnight and the morning dawned clear with light cloud cover and a Force 4 wind. With this we set all sails in the morning watch. It was a good exercise as […]

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Day's Run Summer 2015

Day’s Run – June 25, 2015

From dawn till dusk today was the crew working on getting the ship into top shape during the morning then pulled together wonderfully to take part in the Parade of Sails at approx 13:30. We had the distinction of being one of the only ships to actually set all sails during the parade. Coming alongside […]

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Legs 3 & 4

“It feels like I belong here, like this is home” one of our gang aboard said the other day. Over the past three months, the crew have come to know the ship and each other well, increasingly becoming more than friends or coworkers as we all depend on each other and on the ship to […]

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Voyage of the Atlantic World 2008

Arrival at Galapagos

Galapagos is probably one of the most-anticipated ports on the voyage. Many times in the past day I have heard different crew members exclaim “I can’t believe I’m actually here!” With the first skiff runs ashore dropping crew off at a floating dock inhabited by three sleeping sea lions, it was immediately apparent that there’s […]

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Atlantic Ocean Meet the Crew Miscellaneous World Voyage 5

Canal Preparations

Wednesday June 9, 2010 All hands worked yesterday to prepare the ship for transit through the Panama Canal. We were at anchor in Anchorage Area B, at the northwest corner of the harbour. We came through the giant breakwater on Monday afternoon to anchor, surrounded by lots of ships, some many times our size. In […]

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Atlantic Ocean Lunenburg Meet the Crew Miscellaneous World Voyage 5

Seamanship Derby

Sunday June 6, 2010 Late last week, a mysterious posting appeared on the door to the salon, something about the 512th annual seamanship competition. All hands were warned to study up on their knots, steering, ship nomenclature and general seamanship skills in anticipation. Watches held secret meetings and study sessions, planning not only their compass […]

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Atlantic Ocean Lunenburg Meet the Crew Miscellaneous World Voyage 5

Sailmaking and Splicing

Thursday June 3, 2010 Today is our first full day back at sea after leaving Bonaire yesterday, and our first full day under sail since before Anguilla. True to the forecasts, the wind continues to blow consistently from the east between Force 5 and 6, and we’re sailing along between 5.5 and 8.5 knots. We’re […]

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Atlantic Ocean Chibley Lunenburg Meet the Crew Miscellaneous World Voyage 5

Surprise Visit To Bonaire

Sunday May 30, 2010 We’ve been motoring since we left Anguilla, making our way south through the Caribbean Sea before turning west toward Panama. The Captain says that this is ridiculous. Normally this would be a passage done almost entirely under sail – the trade winds in the Caribbean Sea are usually so consistent at […]

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Atlantic Ocean Chibley World Voyage 5

Sailmaking in Anguilla

Thursday May 27, 2010 After Picton Castle sailed into Anguilla on Monday, the Captain immediately ran into an old friend of his, Captain Kevin Gray who has been working and sailing around the Caribbean for decades. As the two of them were catching up, the idea came about that our crew could help to make […]

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Atlantic Ocean Chibley World Voyage 5

Anguilla

Wednesday May 26, 2010 What a great time we have been having in sweet Anguilla. This tropical island port is a perfect first stop on a long voyage out to the Pacific and around the world – nice and relaxing after a North Atlantic passage. Ashore, nothing for the off-watch to do but swim, snorkel, […]