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Day’s Run 12 February 2019

As of this writing, the Picton Castle is six miles south of Cape Agulhas, the most southern tip of Africa. Many assume this southern tip is the Cape of Good Hope, but it ain’t so; Cape Agulhas has that claim. Nothing between us and Antarctica but increasingly cold ocean. And fish and whales and ships…Beautiful […]

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World Voyage 7

Blowin’ Hard

Here we are about 60 nautical miles off the coast of South Africa near Durban. Picton Castle is under shortened sail and it’s blowing hard. Sheets are some taut. Not quite a gale but 30 knots and more sustained wind than we have seen in our flying fish sailing over the last nine months since […]

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Day's Run World Voyage 7

Day’s Run – 8 February 2019

Blowing pretty hard. We are 65 nautical miles off the coast. Under shortened sail. Expect it to blow a bit more before it lays down, maybe a bit over 30 knots. The gang is well briefed. Port and starboard watertight doors are shut on the cabin trunk. Everything pretty well snugged down. Double gaskets on […]

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Day's Run World Voyage 7

Day’s Run – 31 January, 2019

Here at midday, the Picton Castle is bowling along towards a spot about 80 miles south of Madagascar where we will fall off and turn more westerly to cross the Mozambique Channel to make the coast of South Africa near the city of Durban. From there if all goes well we pick up the Agulhas […]

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Day's Run World Voyage 7

Day’s Run – 30 January, 2019

The crew were close at hand on standby last night, anticipating sail handling under the dark, cloudy sky with groups of stars peering through, as the moon beamed through the cumulonimbus clouds with a gorgeous orange/yellow colour. This morning has come in overcast and we had slight periods of rain, which stopped the sailmakers’ work […]

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Day's Run Westward Bound

Day’s Run – December 31

BOUND FROM: Reunion Island, France, Indian Ocean TOWARDS: Cape Town, South Africa, Atlantic Ocean TIME ZONE: GMT +3 NOON POSITION: 34°55.4S /020°50.2’E DAYS RUN: 135 nm PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 2,073 nm DISTANCE REMAINING: 174 nm WIND: Wind Force 4, SSE WEATHER: Fair, 5/8 cloud, visibility very good, barometer 1020 millibars and falling slowly SWELL HEIGHT […]

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Day's Run Westward Bound

Day’s Run – December 28

DATE: Dec 28th, 2014 BOUND FROM: Reunion Island, France, Indian Ocean TOWARDS: Cape Town, South Africa, Atlantic Ocean TIME ZONE: GMT +3 NOON POSITION: 33°07.9’S /028°34.3’E DAYS RUN: 210 nm PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 1,667 nm DISTANCE REMAINING: 581 nm WIND: Wind Force 1, Variable WEATHER: Rain, overcast, visibility moderate, barometer 1018 millibars and steady SWELL […]

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Day's Run Westward Bound

Day’s Run – December 27

BOUND FROM: Reunion Island, France, Indian Ocean TOWARDS: Cape Town, South Africa, Atlantic Ocean TIME ZONE: GMT +3 NOON POSITION: 30°56.1’S /031°36.5’E DAYS RUN: 140nm PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 1,457nm DISTANCE REMAINING: 789nm WIND: Wind Force 5, NExE WEATHER: fair, overcast, visibility very good, barometer 1017 millibars and falling slowly SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: Easterly, 3m […]

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Day's Run Westward Bound

Day’s Run – December 15

BOUND FROM: Reunion Island, France, Indian Ocean TOWARDS: Cape Town, South Africa TIME ZONE: GMT +4 NOON POSITION: 23°07.0’S / 052°17.8’E DAYS RUN: 141nm PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 213nm DISTANCE REMAINING: 2,059nm COURSE AND SPEED: WSW 216T, 3.6 knots WIND: Wind Force 2-3, NE WEATHER: overcast, 7/8 cloud, good, barometer 1019 millibars and falling slowly SWELL […]

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World Voyage 5

A Cape Town Retrospective

Cape Town, South Africa was without a doubt one of the most anticipated port calls on this voyage, and it did not disappoint. Though we left more than two weeks ago a brief recap of our stay there seems appropriate… There is plenty to do in Cape Town itself and the crew spent the much […]