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Day's Run Transatlantic Voyage 2015

The Passage from Dakar to Cape Verde

It was an excellent sailing passage from Dakar: we had a nice sailing breeze on the quarter almost the whole time, the ship romping along with flying fish all around. We’ve had nothing but sunshine for weeks now, so our fair weather projects continue: varnish, sailmaking, carpentry and taking care of the rig. Cape Verde […]

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Day's Run Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 22 January, 2016

PICTON CASTLE got underway from Dakar, Senegal at 1400 this afternoon, bound for Cape Verde a little under 500 nautical miles away. The big port anchor and two shots of heavy chain were surprisingly easy to hoist, and in less than half an hour we had all sails set to the royals and braced up […]

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Day's Run Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 17 January, 2016

PICTON CASTLE anchored at Dakar, Senegal at 1630 GMT. We let go the big port anchor at 14°43.1’N 017°24.8’W, about a mile off the yacht club by de Hann beach, and it’s holding well. The watches are bracing the yards square and stowing sail as the call to prayer rings out from the minarets ashore, […]

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Day's Run Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 15 January, 2016

There was a little more wind today making for exhilarating sailing weather, and evidently good weather for fishing too – Jack caught a tuna for our supper. More dolphins and pilot whales today, and heaps of bioluminescence in the water – this part of the African coast has been truly wonderful for wildlife. As Joni […]

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Day's Run Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 14 January, 2016

The wind built a little today to a perfect sailing breeze. It seems almost a shame to be so close to Dakar when we’re just getting into the routine of this excellent sailing passage. Yet more marine wildlife today with a big pod of dolphin playing all around the bow wave for ages before supper; […]

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Day's Run Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 11 January, 2016

A great day for marine wildlife: there was a small shark swimming dead astern for a while this morning (you can just see it in the photo), and then spinning dolphins off the port bow in the afternoon. There’s been heaps of shipping too, mainly big commercial ships bound transatlantic and a handful of yachts. […]

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Day's Run Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 10 January, 2016

It’s been a gentle start to our crossing from the Canary Islands towards Senegal, starting with a Sunday at Sea. We spent the day sailing slowly past the iconic island of Tenerife until the light wind died completely so we took in all sail and fired up the main engine to make some headway through […]

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Day's Run Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 9 January , 2016

PICTON CASTLE got underway under sail from La Gomera at 0830 this morning. We’re bound for Dakar, expecting a passage of around 8 days. The weather is bright sunshine with light airs, we have all square sails set to the royals. Vai is at the helm steering South by West to leave Tenerife astern of […]