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Day’s Run – 2 November, 2018

TGIF onboard Picton Castle, which means we’ve been underway for a week now since departing from Vanuatu. For those crew members who are on a watch schedule, they sleep for at least 6-8 hours in the night and stand watch for 4 hours and repeat this cycle until they have a galley day. Galley day […]

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Day’s Run – 1 November, 2018

November 1st in the South Pacific! We can’t believe it. The early risers of the ship awoke to a beautiful sunrise and cool morning air. For some of the crew waking up early is an enjoyable way to start their day. Sipping their morning coffee while the deck is still peaceful before the tinkering of […]

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Day’s Run – 6 October, 2018

We sail along on a port tack, calmly through the South Pacific seas, with light winds today. Bustling crew members on deck work under the bright tropical sun; it’s a contest who can sport the biggest hat. The shroud seizings are being painted a fresh coat of white, to Niko’s enjoyment the foremast is being […]

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Day’s Run – 17 September, 2018

Monday morning and we’re back at it full swing. The 4-8 watch set all sails as the sun glowing orange and yellow rose on the eastern horizon. After that, we sent them all to deck. Yes, that is correct. We unbent our sails, depowering our natural form of transportation and fired up the engine. It […]

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Day’s Run – 5 September, 2018

As we sail along comfortably with the easterly South Pacific tradewinds on our quarter, the ship’s work projects get chipped away at. The rudder post on the aloha deck (which connects the rudder under the aloha deck to the worm screw steering gear and helm on the quarterdeck) got well chipped and received plenty of […]

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Pacific Tradewinds

Our barque is rolling down the sea-miles in fresh southeast tradewinds deep in the South Pacific. We are bound for Palmerston Atoll in the Cook Islands. The ship is some 150 nautical miles northwest of Rarotonga and about 700 nautical miles a bit south of due west from Tahiti. The Picton Castle is sailing along […]

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Running our westing down

August 9, 2018 Picton Castle is at 21-54 S and 141-40 where at 0930 on this strong Tradewind morning of August 9, 2018. Winds piped up pretty much on schedule and have been backing slowly.Windd and seas have been making up and we were making almost 9 knots before we took in t’gallants to get […]

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Day’s Run – 12 July, 2018

Wind has picked up moderately, steady swells coming from the south as we inch our way to Pitcairn. Last night on watches we went over where the gear for the stuns’ls will be led to on the forward fife rail. As no additional pins will be added to the rail, lines for other sails will […]

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Captain’s Log – Passage to Pitcairn IV

Sailed into a calm we did. And the Picton Castle¬†went from 7 knots, 6 knots down to 3 knots – after awhile half a knot. Slowly as the breezes petered out to no winds at all. Can’t say a glassy calm because we had and still have this typical large Southern Ocean swell of 12 […]

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Day’s Run – 6 July, 2018

The wind is directly aft of us, yards are braced square and we’re sailing along in a fine Force 3, or 12 to 15 knot winds, and gently rolling with the wide-spread swell typical of the vast Pacific Ocean. This morning Picton Castle, in all her white hull, white canvas glory, sailed under a big […]