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Day’s Run – March 17, 2018

By Cara Lauzon With the a continuing good weather there was a flurry of sailmaking all morning. While the Captain worked on a new mizzen staysail, Sailmaker John worked on manrope covers, and in the meantime gave a workshop on seaming for those just learning. The 8-12 watch spent the morning sending up gear in […]

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Bosun School

Bosun School Learns Sailmaking

For the past week or so, Bosun School students have been focused on learning sail making. Picton Castle is fairly unique in that we make all of our own sails on board the ship, so depending on which vessels our Bosun School students work aboard in the future, they may or may not have the […]

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RDV2017 Rendezvous 2017 Summer 2017

Captain’s Log – Sailmaking

By Purser Allison Steele Today as we make our way to Norris Point, Newfoundland, Captain Sikkema led a workshop on sail making.  PICTON CASTLE is one of the few ships left that still sews her own sails on board and often by hand, as opposed to sending them out to be made in a sail […]

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Bosun School Lunenburg

Captain’s Log: Introduction to Sailmaking – Ditty Bags

One of the best first projects for any beginner sailmaker is a ditty bag.  What is a ditty bag and why would one want to make one, you ask? Well, a ditty bag is a canvas bag, typically shaped like a cylinder, that’s used to hold a sailor’s tools.  We have no idea why it’s […]

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Bosun School Lunenburg

Captain’s Log – Introduction to Sailmaking

Captain Moreland started the sailmaking section of the Bosun School by explaining the shape of a headsail and how to do a first layout of one of these sails.  Bosun School students will start their hands-on practice by making a ditty bag (more on that later), then will learn how to repair sails, and will […]

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Day's Run Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 17 February, 2016

Not much to report, just another fine day of tropical tradewind sailing, blue sky, blue seas and white square sails. The settled weather has been much the same for days now: glorious sunshine in the morning, a little too warm after lunch followed by light rain showers and then a fine afternoon, slightly cooler. Our […]

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Day's Run Westward Bound

Day’s Run – March 11, 2015

We wore ship from port to starboard tack yesterday, and now we’re making more westing and skirting the equator – the line was just 22 nautical miles to our north at noon and the pollywogs are getting nervous. SHIPS WORK: Work on the cap stay continues, spot painted buff aft and varnish on the main […]

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Day's Run Westward Bound

Day’s Run – February 28, 2015

We passed by tiny Ascension Island last night, leaving it fifteen miles to port at midnight. It was quite a rare sight to see lights on the horizon – there’s been hardly any shipping since we left St Helena a week ago and we’re not used to neighbours. It was helpful for the celestial navigators […]

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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 – February 6, 2015

REMARKS: We retarded ship’s clocks last night so now we’re in the same time zone as Amsterdam, Rome, Madrid and Paris. Chief Mate Sam held a workshop on splicing this afternoon for our newer crew and anyone who wanted a refresher. After, the Captain updated us all on the passage to St Helena and the […]