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Back-To-Back Transatlantics Voyage 2016 Day's Run La Grande Traversee

Day’s Run – 7 July, 2016

And after the gale comes the calm. The wind and seas abated enough in the early morning hours and we got the ship underway under Topsails, Courses and Staysails. As the sun started to come up the wind went lighter still and we set all sail to try and move us along through the leftover […]

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Back-To-Back Transatlantics Voyage 2016 Day's Run La Grande Traversee

Day’s Run – 4 July, 2016

While the wind was steady through the night allowing us to make some good progress it has been anything but steady today. Mid-morning it built to a SW Force 6 again prompting us to get in T’gallants, but soon after backed west to Force 5 and then some time after noon went away all together. […]

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Back-To-Back Transatlantics Voyage 2016 La Grande Traversee

Day’s Run – 25 June, 2016

While our good speed continues we are having to work a bit harder for it. The wind strength and direction have started to become more inconsistent and this requires much more sail handling to get the utmost out of the ship. All bent sail was set this morning as the wind moderated, but as it […]

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Day’s Run – 23 February, 2016

Another sweet day of easy, trade wind sailing: blue seas, big blue skies and a fair breeze filling the white sails. The captain held an all-hands discussion this afternoon about the Caribbean Islands we may visit in the next month or so. He did a great job of whetting our appetite: amazing history and culture, […]

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Day’s Run – 14 February, 2016

Sunday at sea and St Valentine’s Day today. Still sailing along swiftly in quite strong winds. We celebrated with popcorn, hot chocolate and banana bread on the quarterdeck this afternoon and pink iced cookies after lunch (chunky tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwiches). There were lightening and squalls overnight last night, but the squalls just […]

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Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Learning to Sail in October

By Ashley Mulock Thirty odd days ago trainees and apprentices who are sailing on the PICTON CASTLE for the Transatlantic Voyage began to arrive. Eyes like saucers they boarded the ship, struggled awkwardly down the quarterdeck stairs (designed I’m pretty sure to initiate newcomers on the spot) and then gathered on the green hatch at […]

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Day’s Run – 6 November, 2015

Fairly big seas today, the final remnants of last night’s strong winds. Some water sloshing across the main deck and out through the freeing ports. Occasionally a bigger wave comes over the rail and you can hear where it hit by the sound of the shriek – unless the watch were quick enough to get […]