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Bosun Scool Lunenburg

Festive Weekend in Lunenburg

Lunenburg was alive with festive spirit this weekend and the Bosun School students took part in the celebrations. On Friday evening, people gathered on the waterfront to see the lighting of the vessels. Vessels at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic and Adams & Knickle usually participate, along with Bluenose II, and this year we […]

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Day's Run RDV2017 Rendezvous 2017 Summer 2017

Day’s Run – 3 August, 2017

  SMALL BOAT EXTRAVAGANZA!! Once we were anchored and settled, the crew of PICTON CASTLE launched all of our small boats for a fantastic afternoon of sailing in the great anchorage. With Jane, Monomoy and Sea Never Dry flitting around the bay enjoying some perfect weather, the crew learned the finer points of small boat […]

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Bosun Scool

Captain’s Log: Sailing Schooners & Other Traditional Boats

This weekend was all about boats for the Bosun School. Every fall, there’s a race of traditional vessels in Lunenburg. It’s always a fun event. Our students were adopted by skippers of the various boats to crew with them for the day. The breeze was fresh outside Lunenburg harbour, 20 knots gusting to 25 knots […]

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Back-To-Back Transatlantics Voyage 2016 La Grande Traversee

Captain’s Log – 30 August, 2016

At 2230 this evening Picton Castle dropped anchor in Rose Bay, in the same spot we lay four months and a little under 10,000 nautical miles ago. Quite a contrast to the blustery cold morning when we set out into the North Atlantic in May, the ship now lays calm and still, the only noise […]

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Day's Run Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Days Run – 14 April 2016

It’s blowing pretty good, with more expected overnight tonight.  Captain still has us heading for Nova Scotia – it might be blowing too hard for us to come in tomorrow, but at least tucked in under a weather shore the fetch will be reduced bringing smaller seas and more comfortable conditions. SHIP’S WORK: Prep for […]

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Day's Run Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 12 April, 2016

Full tilt boogie!  We’re going for speed now to try to get in to Lunenburg before the next low pressure brings 40 knot headwinds.  Every stitch of canvas is set and trimmed for best speed, and our powerful Burmeister & Wain 7-cylinder is working hard too. SHIP’S WORK: Replace spanker clew outhaul, replace gaff topsail […]

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Day's Run Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 9 October, 2015

Another good day’s sailing. The air has quite a chill following the passage of the cold front, but the water is warm so full foul-weather gear with bare feet is the fashion of the day. We’re making tracks across the Atlantic, the crew concentrating on learning weather observations, steering better and tending to the rigging. […]

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Day's Run Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 30 October 2015

Noon Position: Docked in Lunenburg, NS, Canada Weather: Clear sky, cool, H 12c L 2c, barometer 1001. Last minute tasks, drying sail and repetition of drills was the focus of the morning. Fiji, of course, had her own ‘to do’ list which included a game of Cat and Mouse. The Captain held the first of […]

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Day's Run Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 29 October 2015

Noon Position: Docked in Lunenburg, NS, Canada Weather: High southeasterly winds, rain, H 17c L 8c, barometer 1012 The howling wind, driving rain and large waves may have delayed our departure but we didn’t let it stop us entirely. We braced for the weather, gained practical experience paying attention to and slacking lines, further studied […]

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Day's Run Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 28 October, 2015

Noon Position: Docked in Lunenburg, NS, Canada Weather: Overcast morning, clear sky afternoon, H 9c L1c, barometer 1032 It’s official, the pesky Southeasterly expected tomorrow will delay our departure. Everyone from the Captain on down are chomping a the bit to get underway and thus are disappointed to still be on the dock. The decision, […]