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Day’s Run – 22 December, 2018

We awoke to a sunny Saturday this morning! Excellent weather to set our stuns’ls, and that we did. All stuns’l booms were sent up, blocks and halyards in place aloft, then all three stuns’ls were set by 1100! Stuns’ls or studding sails are sails that protrude outboard of the yards, and as we are currently […]

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Day’s Run – 21 December 2018

Happy solstice! It’s been a a productive and happy day here on board. Many hands on deck chipping away at our to do list. On the agenda today is to send up the newly repaired spanker gaff as well as get the gear and booms ready to set studding sails or stuns’ls. The bosun, Anders […]

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Bali – Day 1

Yesterday the Picton Castle steamed into Serangan just to the north of Benoa, the large commercial port on the southern tip of Bali, Indonesia. We had a very good passage the 3,000 miles from Vanuatu. An excellent sailing passage of 1,500 miles from Santo to Cape York, the northernmost tip of Australia, followed by a […]

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Day’s Run – 2 November, 2018

TGIF onboard Picton Castle, which means we’ve been underway for a week now since departing from Vanuatu. For those crew members who are on a watch schedule, they sleep for at least 6-8 hours in the night and stand watch for 4 hours and repeat this cycle until they have a galley day. Galley day […]

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Day’s Run – 29 October, 2018

Yesterday’s Halloween festivities went off without a hitch! After lunch the crew worked together and transformed below decks into a haunted house. Cobwebs, spiders, ghosts, goblins and ghouls took over our ship. Dawson, age 6, dressed as a Super Gekko and bravely charged through the scary obstacles in order to collect as much candy as […]

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Day’s Run – 27 October, 2018

A gorgeous Saturday at sea aboard the Picton Castle. We couldn’t ask for better weather, the hot sun shines politely down on deck as a cool constant breeze runs over our suntanned skin. This morning a team of sailmaking helpers, including Sue, Braham, and Erin, assisted the ship’s sailmaker John by seaming together a new […]

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Day’s Run – 5 October, 2018

After nearly three weeks anchored in Suva, the capital city of Fiji, we’re off on our merry way again. Yesterday at 10:30 am we sailed off the hook and sailed out of Suva Harbour past fishing boats and misty mountains in the background. Our time in Fiji was well spent, the ship was hauled out […]

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Ship Yard in Fiji

Both prudent ship management and logical marine regulation call for ships to be drydocked from time to time and have their hulls inspected and looked after. This is only natural as most vessels are in a somewhat corrosive environment of salt water. Freshwater is different and much kinder to steel, not so much to wood, […]

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Day’s Run – 7 September, 2018

Those still asleep arose to the smell of pancakes cooking on the stove. You know it’s calm when ship’s cook Donald is making pancakes. All square sails remained set throughout the night. Easy, steady winds and seas helped push us towards our goal of reaching the Kingdom of Tonga by this weekend. Tonga is held […]

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Palmerston Atoll – staying ashore

The Picton Castle sailed the 270 nautical miles from Rarotonga to Palmerston Atoll, both in the Cook Islands, in record time. A roller coaster passage with some hurting stomachs. But all went calm as we slid into the placid lee of the reefs on the west side of the island and the sun came out […]