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 […]
Back to work! Second layout of sails for project-boat Karl, getting the steel lower-topsail yards ready to send aloft again, tweaks to the headrig and a spot of patch serving.
Picton Castle has arrived at our Christmas port of La Gomera, in the sunny Canary Islands a few hundred miles off the coast of Africa. Our first day in port today and we sent down both steel lower topsail yards for inspection and some routine maintenance. We used the windlass and our own crew: no […]
Sailed past the islands of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura this morning, leaving them 35 miles off to port. It seems like we only just left Africa, and already we’re in the Canary Islands, expecting to sail past Tenerife and arrive at La Gomera tomorrow. SHIP’S WORK: Sunday at sea. This passage is a short one so […]
A clear, sunny day of light airs. The Captain declared it a crime to motor on such a fine day so we shut down the engine and set all sails early in the morning, and had a gorgeous day of sailing slowly before taking in sail and steaming overnight to make up time. This afternoon’s […]
After a wonderful 6-day port stop in Morocco, we hauled up the anchor and got underway this morning, bound for our Christmas port in the Canary Islands, a little over four hundred nautical miles away. SHIP’S WORK: Continue to slush the rig, install new main topmast staysail halyard strop, continue overhauling flemish horses, chip & […]