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Voyage to the South Pacific

Galapagos Islands

Galapagos, Even Better Than I Imagined Maggie here, from Picton Castle’s shore crew.  I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have sailed with Picton Castle to the Galapagos not once but twice.  When I was first interested in sailing as a trainee, the Galapagos Islands was one of the ports I was most excited about.  Why?  To […]

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Voyage to the South Pacific

Bound for the South Pacific

Bound for the South Pacific in the Barque Picton Castle Here at the Picton Castle office, we have been getting all sorts of questions from folks who have been thinking about sailing in our Barque Picton Castle. They tell us that they are looking for that amazing deep-sea, blue-water seafaring, square-rigger voyaging experience. Kind of right […]

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Day's Run World Voyage 7

Day’s Run – June 16, 2018

We are currently sailing along under full sail, steering full and by (about SxW), a degree and a quarter north of the equator, parallel to the line at 086 degrees W. We are about 227 nautical miles from the island of Isla San Cristobal. Skies are mostly blue with a few scattered, fluffy clouds and […]

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South Pacific Voyage 2012-2013

Sailing From Panama, Bound For Galapagos

By Kate “Bob” Addison Monday morning and aboard the Picton Castle hands are aloft loosing sail, making ready to sail off the hook. We will be at sea again before lunch, bound for Isla San Cristobal, Galapagos. We are anchored off Taboga Island, 7 miles off the coast from Panama City. This seems to be […]

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Meet the Crew Miscellaneous Pacific Ocean World Voyage 5

Fresh Trade Winds

After only 12 hours motoring out of Galapagos the Picton Castle picked up fresh trade-winds. The usual destination for westward bound vessels from Galapagos is the Marquesas, just south of due west but not for us. We are steering SW for Pitcairn Island over 2,700 miles away deep in the South Pacific Ocean. Having these […]

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Lunenburg Meet the Crew Miscellaneous Pacific Ocean Uncategorized World Voyage 5

Canada Day

July 1, Canada Day started by sailing off the hook from the harbour at Wreck Bay as we departed the Galapagos Islands, bound for Pitcairn Island, about 2800nm away. Shortly after Picton Castle got out to sea, the Canadians on board met to plan and organize an event to celebrate our national day. The crew […]

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Miscellaneous Pacific Ocean Position Available Story of the Picton Castle Uncategorized World Voyage 5

Galapagos

From Panama the Picton Castle had mostly headwinds and we thus motored plenty more than we would have liked – must have been due to all the pollywogs aboard, now thankfully all gone – we did manage to sail across the Equator under full sail anyway. Being in the Galapagos is a multileveled treat. First, […]

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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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Meet the Crew Miscellaneous Pacific Ocean World Voyage 5

Pitiful Pollywogs

Picton Castle sailed from Panama almost a week ago. Bound for Galapagos we are. In many ways, this is a regular passage for us with the routine of watchstanding, workshops, meals and day-to-day life aboard. We changed the watches on leaving Panama, mixing the groups up so that everyone has a chance to be on […]