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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

Day’s Run – 21 February, 2016

Rigged studding sails on the fore-mast today. Studding sails or st’n’s’ls are extra sails set in light airs to add sail area and thus a little extra speed running down wind. These lovely sails date from clippers ship days and before. The breeze was finally light enough to need them today, so anyone who wanted […]

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Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Learning to Sail in October

By Ashley Mulock Thirty odd days ago trainees and apprentices who are sailing on the PICTON CASTLE for the Transatlantic Voyage began to arrive. Eyes like saucers they boarded the ship, struggled awkwardly down the quarterdeck stairs (designed I’m pretty sure to initiate newcomers on the spot) and then gathered on the green hatch at […]