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Day's Run World Voyage 7

Day’s Run – June 26, 2018

The sound of scuffing sandpaper on mahogany and teak and the smell of varnish is abundant on deck on this beautiful sunny morning. The lee side of the galley house and the double doors of the salon received another coat of varnish – you can never have too many coats. The quarterdeck is covered with […]

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Day’s Run – March 20, 2018

By Cara Lauzon Yesterday evening the sunset was incredible. I caught this photo of Anne-Laure taking sights with a sextant, she has been navigating the entire trip with celestial navigation. It was a night of stars, later the sky filled with them and we had the constellation book out and were trying to find them […]

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Day's Run Westward Bound

Day’s Run – March 2, 2015

Doldrum-like conditions, though we’re still too far south to be in the doldrums proper. It’s hot and humid, and what wind there is is light and variable. Plenty of squalls all day have been bringing rain and wind shifts, or killing the wind altogether. Saw whales blow and breach off the starboard beam this morning, […]

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Day's Run Westward Bound

Day’s Run – February 27, 2015

Part three of the rigging workshop this afternoon and celestial navigation classes and practice continue. The weather is consistently hot now – it’s getting to the point of needing shoes to take noon sights or dancing about to stop your feet burning on the hot decks. SHIPS WORK: Work continues on the new royal yard: […]

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South Pacific Voyage 2012-2013

Trade Winds and Celestial Navigation

By Kate “Bob” Addison The first Monday in January finds Picton Castle sailing merrily along in the South Pacific at 10º17’S 108º08’W. There is a steady Force 5 breeze on the port quarter which makes us all very happy, as well as driving us along at a steady 6 to 7 knots. Our compass course […]

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South Pacific Voyage 2012-2013

Towards Panama

December 4th, 2012 Tuesday morning dawns bright as Picton Castle rounds and shapes up on a SWly heading past Columbia on our approach to Panama. Our position is 10Deg57’N 17Deg45’W, speed over ground 8 knots, and we have topsails set as we motor sail through these uncharacteristically light winds. Temperature is a steady 30 degrees […]

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Meet the Crew Miscellaneous Pacific Ocean Uncategorized World Voyage 5

Arrival at Pitcairn

Picton Castle sailed past Henderson Island, one of the Pitcairn Islands, on Sunday afternoon. There are actually four islands that make up the Pitcairn Islands – Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno. Pitcairn is the only one that is regularly inhabited, although the islanders make occasional expeditions to the other islands. Henderson is a raised atoll, […]

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Cape Town, South Africa Indian Ocean Leg 4: Cape Town to Lunenburg Lunenburg Miscellaneous Pacific Ocean Position Available Reunion Island Story of the Picton Castle Uncategorized World Voyage 5

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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Miscellaneous Pacific Ocean World Voyage 5

Pitcairn’s Island

By Captain Daniel Moreland and Maggie Ostler The Picton Castle is only about 9 miles from Pitcairn Island -we can see the moon setting over the west end of Pitcairn, we are still under full sail including studding sails and the sun rising in the east makes the clouds and our sails look like gold. […]

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Meet the Crew Miscellaneous Pacific Ocean Position Available Uncategorized World Voyage 5

Getting Close to Pitcairn Island!

With only 375 miles to go for the Picton Castle to reach Pitcairn Island – we are all getting pretty excited!!! In order to look after the ship whether she is anchored or hove-to offshore and also not to put too many of our crew on the island at once (and thus not overwhelming island […]