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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 Summer 2015

Day’s Run – June 7, 2015

Millions of stars, a stunning sunrise and a clear blue sky ushered us through the day today. The sun is hot, the breeze cool and the occasional wave soaking has become something to look forward to once again. To top all of that off, in the last few minutes of the 6am-12pm watch the sudden […]

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Day's Run Westward Bound

Day’s Run – December 17

BOUND FROM: Reunion Island, France, Indian Ocean TOWARDS: Cape Town, South Africa TIME ZONE: GMT +4 NOON POSITION:26°02.8’S /049°54.3’E DAYS RUN: 138nm PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 436nm DISTANCE REMAINING: 1,822nm COURSE AND SPEED: W 240T, 2 knots WIND: Wind Force 2, SSE WEATHER: fair, 7/8 cloud, good, barometer 1017 millibars and steady SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: […]

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Westward Bound

Getting Ready to Leave Fiji

By Kate “Bob” Addison July 30th, 2014 Another week has flown by aboard the Picton Castle, anchored here off Suva, Fiji, as we make the final preparations to set sail. Since my head has been stuffed with check lists of things to do and buy for the last couple of weeks, I find myself unable […]

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Westward Bound

Bending Sail in Fiji

By Kate “Bob” Addison July 11, 2014 Friday came in bright and clear aboard Picton Castle as we are lying here at anchor in Fiji waters. Another dry day, perfect for bending on more sail! Bending sail is an exciting moment in a voyage – one more step away from shipyard mode and towards being […]

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South Seas Voyage 2013-2014

The Arrival of Good Winds

By Nolan Walker, Trainee May 1st, 2014 It starts with a flicker of a breeze & builds with each passing moment like some great sighing body and then the wind arrives, filling the belly of the sails with a much needed anecdote as perhaps previously lazy staysails & headsails began to breathe ecstatically, flogging around […]

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South Seas Voyage 2013-2014

Workshop on Stowing/Furling Sails

By Chelsea McBroom March 7th, 2014 Yesterday at 16:30 aboard the Picton Castle we had a workshop on stowing or furling sails. The Captain began by explaining that the difference between ‘stowing’ and ‘furling’ is that ‘furling’ is often the prettier version or the ‘harbour stow’, and ‘stowing’ is often used to refer to the […]

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South Seas Voyage 2013-2014

The Community At Sea

By Captain John Beebe-Center February 18th, 2014 Being at sea aboard the Picton Castle on this leg of our journey has turned into a nice exercise of training, work and fairly comfortable living all while occupying this smallish steel world apparently all alone and in the middle of nowhere. The training is courtesy of some […]

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South Seas Voyage 2013-2014

Morning Haul

By Chelsea McBroom February 18th, 2014 I had been dreaming I was seeing my friends back at home again when I was woken at 3:30am this morning onboard the Picton Castle on its way to Nuku Hiva. I’m living in the foc’sle now (no longer in the once called “Chel-salon” because at one point I […]

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South Seas Voyage 2013-2014

Sailing For Pitcairn Island

0630 – The day comes in cool and mostly cloudy in the Picton Castle. A small moon and a few stars poked through the clouds earlier on. Winds are southeasterly at about force 4-5 and seas are small with scattered whitecaps. The ship is braced up on the starboard tack with the yards off the […]