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Day’s Run – 14 December, 2018

Frosty made an appearance today! Frosty the snowman that is, the longest standing ship Christmas decoration, he dates back to the first world voyage! Hoisted on the foremast, just above the main mast stay, he sits proudly above the well deck. Being that it’s 11 days until Christmas, preparations are gearing up. The baking sign […]

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Day’s Run – 9 December, 2018

Wow! After two weeks in amazing Bali this is our first full day at sea. It’s a Sunday and it’s our dear shipmate Niko’s birthday. Niko has sailed with Picton Castle on a number of voyages since 2009 when he joined in Grenada. Since then he has been known for his delicious efforts in the galley, […]

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Day’s Run – 8 December, 2018

All hands on deck, 0800 muster, sea watches posted, the crew worked through the intense Bali heat to heave up anchor, get the last of the provisions onboard and lash down or stow any moveable object on deck. Customs and immigration gave us the go ahead, stamping our passports and we hoisted the skiff. Hoisting […]

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Bali – Day 3

Serangan Bay, day three in Bali, Picton Castle halfway around the world. The day here at anchor in Serangan comes in with a tropical rain shower – the monsoon change is upon us – followed by clearing and then a fine view of the Mount Agung volcano well to our north, for a while anyway […]

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Day’s Run – 11 November, 2018

Sunday at Sea! There is always a sense of calm when waking to sunny, calm seas and winds on Sunday morning. Even though the ship’s routine is the same, same wake-up times and same meal times, Sundays have an air of peacefulness about them. With no projects being opened up, no sails laid out on […]

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Day’s Run – 9 November, 2018

At about 2300 last night we made it out of the Torres Strait, rocketing past the final sluice at 10 knots with a fair current.   We were lucky to have caught a steady current that helped pull us through, meaning we avoided having to anchor for the night. This morning as the hot sun shone […]

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Day’s Run – 8 November, 2018

This morning the sun shone through the light wispy clouds, adding pinks and yellows to the horizon. The 4-8 watch got out the scrapers and putty knives and started the workday early by scraping the excess putty that was left over from the installation of the new deck planks on the quarterdeck. Sailing along with […]

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Day’s Run – 7 November, 2018

This morning we awoke to lovely blue skies, white puffy clouds and crisp blue blue ocean as far as the eye can see. Although on the chart it appears that we are extremely close to land, in reality it’s still us and the sea at the moment. Last night we changed our clocks back an […]

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Sunday in the Coral Sea

Sunday in the Coral Sea, November 4, bound for Bali by way of the Torres Straights some 380 miles away. Sunday at sea means a few things in PICTON CASTLE. For one it means putting away the tar-pots and varnish brushes and the gang can do laundry, patch some trousers or even read a book […]

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Day’s Run – 26 October, 2018

All sails are set, our course is west, as Peter Pan says “second star to the right and straight on ’til morning”, leaving Vanuatu in our wake. It would be impossible for me to capture all that we experienced and soaked up from our amazing stay island hopping through Vanuatu. During World War II the […]