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Day’s Run – 12 July, 2018

Wind has picked up moderately, steady swells coming from the south as we inch our way to Pitcairn. Last night on watches we went over where the gear for the stuns’ls will be led to on the forward fife rail. As no additional pins will be added to the rail, lines for other sails will […]

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Day’s Run – 10 July, 2018

Blue skies, trade wind clouds, blue seas, a few white caps.¬† Wind has picked up enough today, averaging 3 – 4 knots. Weather is gorgeous, making it comfortable and enjoyable to work in. At 0630 the quarter-deck was filled with eager crew members sporting headlamps, watches, and sextants in order to take a morning star […]

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Day’s Run – 9 July, 2018

After yesterday’s fantastic Sunday at sea, the crew is feeling refreshed from our middle-of-the-Pacific-Ocean 12,000 feet deep swim call! With nothing but blue blue blue ocean beneath us, the crew braced the main yards aback, causing Picton Castle to float still (ed. note – she was pretty still anyway), bobbing up and down with the […]

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Captain’s Log – Passage to Pitcairn IV

Sailed into a calm we did. And the Picton Castle¬†went from 7 knots, 6 knots down to 3 knots – after awhile half a knot. Slowly as the breezes petered out to no winds at all. Can’t say a glassy calm because we had and still have this typical large Southern Ocean swell of 12 […]

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Day’s Run – 8 July, 2018

Sunday at sea. 870 miles to go to Pitcairn Island. Light to no wind continues on this beautiful Sunday at sea. Sun is shining strongly on deck, the long drawn out swells periodically rock the ship back and forth, side to side like a parent would rock a baby to sleep in its cradle. Sleep […]

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Day’s Run – 7 July, 2018

The wind is light, making steering tricky and keeping the helmsmen on their toes. At 1000 this morning we braced up sharp on a starboard tack, steering full and by the wind, now out of the west. This morning’s on watch put down their tools to leave the projects they were working on in order […]

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Day’s Run – 6 July, 2018

The wind is directly aft of us, yards are braced square and we’re sailing along in a fine Force 3, or 12 to 15 knot winds, and gently rolling with the wide-spread swell typical of the vast Pacific Ocean. This morning Picton Castle, in all her white hull, white canvas glory, sailed under a big […]

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Day’s Run – 5 July, 2018

Wind has laid down and is almost aft. As the sun rose through the clouds this morning a handful of bright eyed and bushy tailed souls appeared on deck. In these moments they’re able to sip a cup of coffee or tea and have a moment to themselves while preparing for the day. Some may […]

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Captain’s Log – Passage to Pitcairn III

The Picton Castle sailed past the halfway mark between Galapagos and Pitcairn a couple nights ago. Southeast winds on the beam for many days and blowing pretty fresh at Force 5, gusting 6, have now faired and come in over the quarter and laid down at Force 3-4. Dense overcast at dawn, the ceiling kept […]

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Day’s Run – 4 July, 2018

Seas laying down, yards braced almost square to the faired winds, the ceiling of the sky lifting and becoming blue. Happy Fourth of July and Tonga Day! An overcast, yet bright sky blanketed the ship this morning, grey clouds parted as blue pierced through, making for a sunny afternoon on deck. The sailmaking department is […]