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Lunenburg Miscellaneous

Coronavirus and PICTON CASTLE

Dear PICTON CASTLE crew for our voyage to the South Pacific, It is pretty clear that have been some dramatic and significant changes in our world in the past few weeks.  We continue to look into how these changes affect PICTON CASTLE and our upcoming voyage to the South Pacific.  As we announced earlier this […]

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Lunenburg

How to Handle Rough Weather

As I sit at my desk in Picton Castle’s shore office overlooking the street and harbour in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada, I can hear the wind swinging the sign on the side of the building and whistling through the nearby trees.  It’s been raining on and off throughout the day and the sun hasn’t made […]

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Great Lakes 2019 Lunenburg

Homeward Bound from the Great Lakes

After a busy and exciting summer visiting ports in four of the five Great Lakes, Picton Castle is on the final leg of this voyage, bound down the St Lawrence seaway for Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.  In fact, we visited nine lakes this summer (Lakes Michigan, Huron, St Clair, Erie, Ontario, St Francis, St Pierre, St […]

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Lunenburg

Three Tall Ships To Sail From Lunenburg

Bluenose II, Pride of Baltimore II, and Picton Castle will sail out of Lunenburg harbour together on Saturday June 15, starting around 10:00am. All three vessels are heading for the Great Lakes where they will participate in the Tall Ships Challenge, an event made up of a series of port festivals and races, organized by […]

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Great Lakes Position Available

Boat Carpenter Internship

In the coming summer of 2019 the Sail Training Ship, the Barque Picton Castle is offering a spot aboard for a scholarship boat carpenter internship. Picton Castle will join the fleet of sailing ships voyaging the Great Lakes of Canada and the USA on this year’s Tall Ships Challenge series. Carpenter and shipwright projects that […]

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Day's Run World Voyage 7

Day’s Run – April 12, 2019

Motoring now. Pretty calm. Big squalls last night. Head winds coming out of the west so we hove to. Saw no reason to sail back to Africa, as charming a land as it is. Torrential downpours. Sunny now. In the calms while steaming we loosed all sail to dry and just furled it. Drying out […]

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World Voyage 7

Blowin’ Hard

Here we are about 60 nautical miles off the coast of South Africa near Durban. Picton Castle is under shortened sail and it’s blowing hard. Sheets are some taut. Not quite a gale but 30 knots and more sustained wind than we have seen in our flying fish sailing over the last nine months since […]

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Day's Run World Voyage 7

Day’s Run – 8 February 2019

Blowing pretty hard. We are 65 nautical miles off the coast. Under shortened sail. Expect it to blow a bit more before it lays down, maybe a bit over 30 knots. The gang is well briefed. Port and starboard watertight doors are shut on the cabin trunk. Everything pretty well snugged down. Double gaskets on […]

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Day's Run

Day’s Run – 6 January, 2019

The stars aligned for us, we’ve been granted another Sunday at Sea! The swells rise 2-3 meters on our stern as we head North by West. Being that we’re 60 nautical miles off the coast of Rodrigues, we sail along at 4 knots in the home stretch. Intending on arriving at the small island that’s […]

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Day's Run

Day’s Run – 3 January, 2019

Beautiful rainbow sunrise off our stern this morning. As the sun rose the winds changed veering from South East by East to South East by South. At 0800 we braced square and passed the head sails, putting us on a starboard tack. Helm was rather fun this morning, the helmsman had to be, like always, […]