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Voyage to the South Pacific

Why I’d Love to Sail to the South Pacific

This is Trudi writing. Someone who has never sailed in Picton Castle or any other sail training vessel. People wonder how on earth I ended up working for a tall ship being so entirely unfamiliar with sail training or sailing ships or sailing at all.  Living locally, I knew of the Picton Castle of course, […]

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World Voyage 7

Bound for the Cape

After a very pleasant stay in La Reunion, a French Island east of Madagascar in this South Indian Ocean, the Picton Castle and her adventurous crew are back at sea. After days and days of sunny dry weather, we had a few days of rain and squalls while in port, these being the trailings of […]

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Day's Run

Day’s Run – 10 January, 2019

Rodrigues was delightfully relaxing port. After a busy yet amazing stay in Bali and a wonderful 30 day ocean passage, a sleepy French speaking Mauritius island was just the best. Very friendly people, easy town to stroll around in. Popping in and out of shops or relaxing beach side as the sun was setting, enjoying […]

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Day's Run

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 […]

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Day's Run World Voyage 7

Day’s Run – 5 July, 2018

Wind has laid down and is almost aft. As the sun rose through the clouds this morning a handful of bright eyed and bushy tailed souls appeared on deck. In these moments they’re able to sip a cup of coffee or tea and have a moment to themselves while preparing for the day. Some may […]

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Back-to-Back Transatlantics Voyage

Day’s Run – 8 May, 2016

REMARKS: After a night of sailing in moderate conditions under Topsails and Courses (still with the ever present fog) this morning it came on to blow fresh. By 1100 the wind was up to Force 8 from the South and all hands were called to take in and furl Upper Topsails and the Mainsail. As […]

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Day's Run Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Our Time in Cape Verde

Cape Verde Boblog – written by Purser Kate (Bob) Addison The Barque PICTON CASTLE is at sea again, letting the fresh trade-wind breezes blow the red sand of Africa from our rigging; we are westward bound transatlantic in the steady fresh trade winds of the tropics. We just sailed from the port of Mindelo, on […]

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Day's Run Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 13 January, 2016

Gentle easy sailing in warm balmy breezes astern along the coast of the Western Sahara. More whales around the ship this afternoon: we saw them breach and blow across a huge area around the ship, and even a few sets of flukes. From their bulky shape and size we think it was a pod of […]

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Day's Run Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 4 November, 2015

A squally day of sunshine, showers and rainbows. Squalls are unpredictable and can bring rain, strong winds and wind-shifts so the Mate of the watch is constantly on the alert for them, scanning the weather horizon and the radar to get as much warning as possible. Then they have time to call the Captain, make […]