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South Pacific Ocean

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018 – South Pacific Ocean At 1000 we are at 19-36 South and 161-19 West. Making 7-8 knots under t’gallants in force 6 southeast tradewinds and lumpy ten-foot seas covered with whitecaps. We are about 140 miles from Rarotonga and about halfway to Palmerston Atoll, both in the Cook Islands. Picton Castle […]

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Captain’s Log – 10 August, 2018

We’re moving along beautifully, averaging 5 – 7 knots by the wind in our sails. Our hand-stitched canvas is filled as we glide along on a starboard tack, headed west. The sunsets and sunrises have been fantastic these past couple of evenings and mornings. Ship’s work: With gusting winds, this morning’s watch spent a lot […]

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Day’s Run – 9 August, 2018

Picton Castle rolls on through the swells. Crew members are treading carefully on deck as spray splashes up over the rails and soaks anyone or anything in its path. This morning we were topping out at 8 knots, we’ve eased down to about 6  this lunch hour. Ship’s work: Carlos and Anders continue their woodwork […]

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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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Traveling to Join Picton Castle’s World Voyage

Picton Castle’s World Voyage itinerary is full of exotic place names, including some you may never have heard of before. We specialize in visiting exotic tropical ports, taking our ship and crew to some unique, remote places. But that doesn’t mean it’s difficult to make travel arrangements to join the ship for a leg of […]

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South Seas Voyage 2013-2014

Rarotonga – Part 4

By Chelsea McBroom April 11th, 2014 A family in town that ran a bike rental shop were given a tour of the ship and were so pleased with how excited the kids were, they offered to repair our Picton Castle bicycles. Somehow I always end up riding the bright pink cruiser bike with the back […]

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South Seas Voyage 2013-2014

Rarotonga – Part 3

By Chelsea McBroom April 10th, 2014 April 5th was the dreaded day when Pania, the Picton Castle‘s bosun, and Sam, the watch officer, cleaned out their bunks and packed their bags. Their time with the ship was over (for now) and they were signing off in the port of Rarotonga. We went to dinner at […]

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South Seas Voyage 2013-2014

Rarotonga – Part 2

By Chelsea McBroom Wednesday April 9th, 2014 It was a bright sunny day in Rarotonga in the Cook Islands, a bit windier than usual and people were kite surfing along the shore closer to town. The beach stretched into town and the waves could be heard crashing with the sounds of traffic. Pania, Maria, Lily […]

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South Seas Voyage 2013-2014

Rarotonga – Part 1

By Chelsea McBroom April 8th, 2014 The day before we arrived in Rarotonga in the Cook Islands, as we were sailing the Picton Castle from Huahine in French Polynesia, we had a workshop to introduce the island of Rarotonga to the crew. Everyone who had been to Rarotonga before gave the others advice on visiting […]

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South Seas Voyage 2013-2014

Slow Moving

By Chelsea McBroom March 29th, 2014 It quit raining soon after the Picton Castle sailed from Huahine and it somehow got even more hot and sunny. We had hit a high and there was barely any wind (and, it seemed, no air below decks to breathe). We laughed when switching over helm duty, not sure […]