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Bali – Sailing Day

The Picton Castle has had a nice long visit in Bali. Plenty good stories to tell. Some crew coming and going. Lots of nasi goreng, mei goreng, no shortage of Bintang and Bali Kopi, even cat-poo-chino. Lots of beautiful carvings, ebony boxes, batik sarongs and more. But now it was time to sail onward to […]

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Ship Yard in Fiji

Both prudent ship management and logical marine regulation call for ships to be drydocked from time to time and have their hulls inspected and looked after. This is only natural as most vessels are in a somewhat corrosive environment of salt water. Freshwater is different and much kinder to steel, not so much to wood, […]

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Captain’s Log – Passage to Pitcairn IV

Sailed into a calm we did. And the Picton Castle went from 7 knots, 6 knots down to 3 knots – after awhile half a knot. Slowly as the breezes petered out to no winds at all. Can’t say a glassy calm because we had and still have this typical large Southern Ocean swell of 12 […]

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Day’s Run – 5 July, 2018

Wind has laid down and is almost aft. As the sun rose through the clouds this morning a handful of bright eyed and bushy tailed souls appeared on deck. In these moments they’re able to sip a cup of coffee or tea and have a moment to themselves while preparing for the day. Some may […]

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Prince Edward Island RDV2017 Rendezvous 2017 Summer 2017

Captain’s Log – Boston to Summerside

At about 1300 on the 22nd of June PICTON CASTLE stood out past the Boston Light, set to the t’gallants. After five busy days in the port of Boston we are sailing out to join the Tall Ships fleet for the start of Sail Training International’s race number 4 of the Rendezvous 2017 Tall Ships […]

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Back-To-Back Transatlantics Voyage 2016 La Grande Traversee

Captain’s Log – 30 August, 2016

At 2230 this evening Picton Castle dropped anchor in Rose Bay, in the same spot we lay four months and a little under 10,000 nautical miles ago. Quite a contrast to the blustery cold morning when we set out into the North Atlantic in May, the ship now lays calm and still, the only noise […]

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Back-To-Back Transatlantics Voyage 2016 La Grande Traversee

Captain’s Log – Quebec City

Picton Castle made a grand entrance at Quebec City on Thursday July 28th. As you may remember, we have been working on a project that involves a historical re-enactment, and this is the final port for that project. Families of those aboard were standing on the shore at the harbour entrance, watching Picton Castle pass […]

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Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Captain’s Log – Caribbean Part II

Dominica to Petite Martinique Written by Purser Kate (B0b) Addison We got underway from Dominica on Monday 3rd March, bound for Bequia less than a hundred miles to the south.  Funny how short an overnight sail seems when you’re used to crossing oceans. Not long ago I would have thought it quite the adventure to […]

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Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Crossing the Atlantic

Written by Third Mate Anne-Laure Barberis It has now been three days since we left the last lights of the Cape Verde islands behind us, with no regrets. After two weeks in Sao Vicente it was time to discover new horizons! For the next two weeks at least, our horizon will be limited by the […]

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Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 14 October, 2015

Noon Position: Docked in Lunenburg, NS, Canada Weather: Humid, warm, H 18c L 11c, barometer 1001. Watching the jib boom being sent out today was a fascinating process. Unlike when we hoisted the t’gallant masts and the royal and t’gallant yards, almost everything with sending out the jib boom happens at eye level and in […]