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At Sea Again

By Kate “Bob” Addison Monday September 8th, 2014 Picton Castle has been at sea for four days now, four days into the month-or-so passage from Vanuatu bound for Bali, Indonesia. We sailed off the dock from Luganville, Vanuatu’s second largest city on the island of Santo last Thursday after provisioning, fuelling up and clearing out. […]

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Bwatnapne Bay, Pentecost Island, Vanuatu

August 24th, 2014 It is just after dawn and the day comes in fair and clear. The sole anchor watch has shut off the forward anchor lantern in the gaining morning light. A few roosters ashore a few hundred yards off in the small thatched roof village are doing their early AM job. Bwatnapne Bay […]

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Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu

By Kate “Bob” Addison August 15th, 2014 Picton Castle is anchored in seventeen fathoms of water off Port Vila on the Vanuatu island of Efate. We sailed in on Sunday morning after a fabulous passage in fresh trade-winds from Fiji; for the last day and night we took off most of the sail because we […]

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Getting Ready To Sail From Fiji

By Kate “Bob” Addison July 31st, 2014 The Picton Castle has been at anchor in Suva Harbour, Fiji, ever since coming off the slipway some weeks ago. We have had our big old fashioned port anchor down as it holds extremely well. This is a good thing when a ship is laid up. But an […]

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Bracing, Safety Training and Celebrations

By Kate “Bob” Addison Monday July 7th, 2014 It’s been another busy few days aboard Picton Castle at anchor here in Fiji. It’s been a pretty good balance of instruction, learning ship’s work, getting useful stuff done and fun – really a classic three days of the Picton Castle experience. Friday came in bright and […]

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Fiji – The Start of a Voyage

By Kate “Bob” Addison June 30, 2014 I started writing this log on Monday afternoon, and it’s now Thursday morning. Apart from how badly I procrastinate, that says something about how busy life is aboard Picton Castle at the start of a voyage…. Our crew for this first leg have arrived now, and we’re excited […]

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Miscellaneous South Seas Voyage 2013-2014

Shipyard in Fiji, Day One

May 22nd, 2014 The day came in calm with light rain, we got the anchor up and, motored the mile to the shipyard through anchored vessels and some cruising yachts and nosed the Picton Castle into a bunch of Oriental Fishing boats, from their rust stains and sea-slime well above their waterline they’re clearly waiting […]

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South Seas Voyage 2013-2014

It’s Not Over Yet!

By Chelsea McBroom April 30th, 2014 My bunk leapt and rolled beneath me and I tried to adjust my sleeping position to keep myself wedged and still. The wind howled through my porthole. I felt the slam of a wave against the side of the Picton Castle and water splashed up, through the porthole and […]

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South Seas Voyage 2013-2014

Arriving at Palmerston Atoll

By Chelsea McBroom April 12th, 2014 The Picton Castle sailed to Palmerston Island quicker than expected. The winds reminded us of the Roaring 40s and all we needed to sail with to get us to five knots were the topsails, the foresail, the inner jib and the main topmast staysail. The Captain originally planned for […]

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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 […]