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Atlantic Ocean Back-To-Back Transatlantics Voyage 2016 La Grande Traversee

The Making of La Grande Traversée

Back in the summer of 2016, Picton Castle sailed on a transatlantic voyage where we filmed a television series on the way from La Rochelle, France to Quebec City, Canada.  The show was called La Grande Traversée and followed the lives of 10 “colonists” who lived life on board as it would have been for […]

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Back-To-Back Transatlantics Voyage 2016 Day's Run La Grande Traversee

Day’s Run – 17 June, 2016

Trade winds at last! The wind shifted North East last night and we have made our turn to the West. Can’t have much better sailing than this, with a fresh wind, small seas and every stitch of sail we have bent set the Ship is moving along marvellously. Trade wind passages are typically, in sailing […]

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Back-To-Back Transatlantics Voyage 2016 Day's Run

Day’s Run – 11 June, 2016

We continued to sail slowly through the night along the Iberian coast. This provided a great opportunity to drill in sail handling at night and the watches ran through the preparations for squall response in getting all of the sail in aft and the getting in the ‘kites’. A square rigger’s safest point of sail […]

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Back-To-Back Transatlantics Voyage 2016 Day's Run

Day’s Run – 9 June, 2016

The wind has been light, but we have been quite lucky with the weather in the Bay of Biscay. Known for its westerly gales and currents that have for hundreds of years been the bane of many a sailing ship, we have experienced nothing but light airs. As such we continue to steam and get […]

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Back-To-Back Transatlantics Voyage 2016 Day's Run

Day’s Run – 8 June, 2016

As pleasant as yesterday’s sailing was it came to an end late last night when the wind died out completely. So on came the engine and in came the sails and we are now steaming toward Cape Finesterre. Taking advantage of the light conditions we have done much spot painting and have begun tarring the […]

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Back-To-Back Transatlantics Voyage 2016 Day's Run

Day’s Run – 7 June, 2016

The tide waits for no man, and as such PICTON CASTLE hove up anchor at the turn of the tide a little after 0600 this morning. With a light Northerly breeze making up we quickly set all sail and began to work the ship to windward out of the roads. As the breeze picked up, […]

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Back-To-Back Transatlantics Voyage 2016 Day's Run

Day’s Run – 6 June, 2016

With good weather and no wind, today was an excellent day to get some ships work done with all hands. We are expecting some wind tomorrow and will begin our passage early in the morning. As for now we will continue to enjoy the sun and spend another day on the hook. SHIP’S WORK: Change […]

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Back-To-Back Transatlantics Voyage 2016 Day's Run

Day’s Run – 5 June, 2016

Today was spent at anchor in order to get some more safety drills down as well as give some of the crew some more practices in the pulling boat. After a week of clouds today turned sunny, a welcome change, and things began to feel a bit like summer. The anchor watches kept a close […]