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Captain’s Log – Passage to Pitcairn IV

Sailed into a calm we did. And the Picton Castle went from 7 knots, 6 knots down to 3 knots – after awhile half a knot. Slowly as the breezes petered out to no winds at all. Can’t say a glassy calm because we had and still have this typical large Southern Ocean swell of 12 […]

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Day's Run World Voyage 7

Day’s Run – June 27, 2018

Only 2,000 miles to go to Pitcairn Island. Misty rain squalls that leave us rolling in short calms and put a damper on paint projects as well as slow down the sailmaking. But all is good enough. We are headed the right direction with warm fair winds. Lots of rigging, sailmaking and small carpentry jobs […]

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Day's Run Gulf of Mexico

Day’s Run – February 17, 2018

First day of the Gulf voyage 2018! Started the day with sunshine, heaved up and got under way at 07:30, bound for Bermuda. Sailing southwest with clear skies, it’s beautiful but cold with icicles forming on the rails. Everyone is as bundled up as possible trying to stay warm, and consuming an extreme amount of […]

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Miscellaneous

Doing Laundry At Sea

People ask all sorts of questions when they’re considering signing on board Picton Castle as a trainee. One we’ve been hearing a lot lately is about laundry. How do trainees wash their clothes on the voyage? There is no washing machine on board, so any laundry you do on the ship needs to be done […]

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Why Train Under Sail?

From the mid 19th century until the mid 20th century, sailing ships were the incubator and hatchery for almost all deep-sea steam-ship mariners be they naval or merchant marine. This is what came to be known as “trained in sail” or later, “sail training”. This training service came about due to the extraordinarily rich seamanship […]

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World Voyage 7

Captain’s Log – Ports O’Call of our Voyage Around The World.

While it is very important for all of us who sail in this ship to understand and appreciate that our voyage around the blue ocean globe of ours is first and foremost a tarry, shippy, seagoing affair with plenty work and rigorous demands on us all; and if you think that spending a good amount […]

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Prince Edward Island RDV2017 Rendezvous 2017 Summer 2017

Captain’s Log – Boston to Summerside

At about 1300 on the 22nd of June PICTON CASTLE stood out past the Boston Light, set to the t’gallants. After five busy days in the port of Boston we are sailing out to join the Tall Ships fleet for the start of Sail Training International’s race number 4 of the Rendezvous 2017 Tall Ships […]

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RDV2017 Rendezvous 2017

Day’s Run – 14 June 2017

By Allison Steele, purser Today as we made our way closer to Boston we were joined again by some curious marine life. The crew was busy with ship’s work including painting, varnishing and tarring. We also conducted some drills in tacking and wearing the ship to make sure we are snappy for the Parade of […]

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RDV2017 Rendezvous 2017

At Sea on Saturday May 27, 2017

By Allison Steele After a few rough days at sea with rain, gale force winds and 10+ foot seas, the sun finally broke through and the seas calmed. New trainees jumped in with both feet and began to learn the ways of the ship. The Picton Castle boasts over 12,000 square feet of canvas and […]

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RDV2017

We’ve Added Two New Legs To This Summer’s Voyage!

This summer Picton Castle will participate in the Rendezvous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, one of the biggest and most exciting gatherings of tall ships in many years.  We’re looking forward to being part of an international fleet of vessels, our crew in company with sailors from around the world. We have just added one more port to […]