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World Voyage 7

Approaching St Helena

We are sailing along beautifully here in the Picton Castle crossing the South Atlantic Ocean. Ten days out of Luderitz, Namibia we are on a sailing ship passage as fine as one could hope for. With steady trade winds blowing over the quarter, we steer, trim sail, and keep lookout, watch after watch. Studding sails […]

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Day's Run Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 30 March, 2016

The wind has eased off and faired a little so the Captain ordered more sail set: we rigged the studdingsail gear and set the topmast studdingsail, and then the sailmakers finished stitching making the new gaff topsail so we bent and set that too.  It’s satisfying watching the genesis of a new sail from rolls […]

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Westward Bound

St Helena, Part One

St Helena Island: 15-56 South and 005-43 West, 1700 miles from Cape Town, Africa and 1800 miles from Brazil. And 3,600 miles from Grenada in the West Indies. Right in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean with nothing nearby. We had an excellent passage from Namibia and made landfall and came to anchor off […]

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World Voyage 5

Exploring St. Helena

The Picton Castle swung on her anchor at St. Helena for three days and many of us could easily have stayed longer at this remarkable island. Although small (it is about 5 miles wide and 9 miles long) St. Helena is a geological and ecological marvel. Almost deceiving to the approaching ship (its cliffs rugged, […]

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World Voyage 5

St. Helena’s Majesty

After a fine eleven day sail from Luderitz, Namibia, mostly under studding sails, the Picton Castle made landfall off St. Helena. In the hazy morning light we were all struck by the imposing cliffs and tall mountain ridges on this solitary island. St. Helena is part of a Southern Atlantic Ocean undersea mountain chain which […]

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World Voyage 5

A Swift Passage

The Picton Castle is six days and 730 miles out from Namibia, southern Africa. On a bright sunny day we sailed from Luderitz surrounded by the most barren of dusty desert with no sign of rain or green vegetation to be seen. And straight into a thick wet fog bank to rival the shores of […]

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World Voyage 5

Across the Westward Ocean We Will Wander

The Barque Picton Castle is under sail and outward bound once again across a great ocean – this time from Luderitz, Namibia north west towards the West Indies sailing the South Atlantic on what is, apart from a small pit stop at St Helena, our longest sea passage of this voyage. Even with the short […]