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Back-To-Back Transatlantics Voyage 2016 Day's Run

Day’s Run – 11 June, 2016

We continued to sail slowly through the night along the Iberian coast. This provided a great opportunity to drill in sail handling at night and the watches ran through the preparations for squall response in getting all of the sail in aft and the getting in the ‘kites’. A square rigger’s safest point of sail […]

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Back-To-Back Transatlantics Voyage 2016

Day’s Run – 25 May, 2016

We continued to sail through the night. It was a very pleasant night with a full moon and light winds, the ship sailing along easily under full sail. Nights like this also give us time to practice our sail handling with the light sails that have been so little used on this passage thus far.¬†As […]

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Back-To-Back Transatlantics Voyage 2016

Day’s Run – 11 May, 2016

Light winds continued through the night and into today and we continue to steam along. This morning dawned clear and bright, still a welcome relief from the fog. Finally our chance to dry things out a bit, all the sails were loosed and many articles of clothing and towels hung out to shed some moisture […]

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Day's Run Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 8 October, 2015

It’s difficult to take pictures of heavy weather at sea. Braced against the rail with the wind singing in the rigging and the decks lurching under you as she dances along, skipping over 10 foot swell with the white water churning under the bow and sloshing across the main deck and salt spray in your […]

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Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 6 October, 2015

Noon Position: Docked in Lunenburg, NS, Canada Weather: Overcast, H 16c L 9c, barometer 1013 Aloft training part two – today everyone was able to have their first experience going out on the port or starboard fore yard. Under the supervision of the Captain, with a Mate and Lead Seaman on hand to give instructions, […]

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Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 4 October, 2015

Noon Position: Docked in Lunenburg, NS, Canada Weather: Sunny, cool breeze, H 15c L 10c, barometer 1030. Much of what we do on the PICTON CASTLE involves a lot of coordinated effort from every person aboard. When I say this, your mind’s eye may immediately jump to the actual activity of sailing the ship which […]

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Day's Run Westward Bound

Day’s Run – February 24, 2015

Sailing along in fine tradewinds. Blue seas following us along. Had some odd clouds lately. Getting into the swing of a long sea passage. Celestial navigation classes coming along. SHIPS WORK: A sailmaking bonanza today – six people working on five different sails at the same time this afternoon! Tarring aloft in the rig, and […]

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Day's Run Westward Bound

Day’s Run – January 26, 2015

REMARKS: At sea again! After a magnificent three week stay in beautiful Kaap Stad, it’s good to be at sailing again. We steamed overnight in light headwinds, and then the wind came fair this morning so we set sail at the change of the watch. There’s nothing like that first moment of quiet when the […]