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Day's Run Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 4 April, 2016

We arrived in Bermuda this morning, after a cracking seven day sail up from St. Martin.  It’s always amazing coming in through the narrow town cut: suddenly the water is a gorgeous shade of turquoise, the swell drops to nothing and all seems well with the world.  There was even a mother duck trailing fluffy […]

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Day's Run Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 3 April 2016

A squally Sunday at sea today, some swell running and darker skies.  The captain and mates have been studying the weather charts carefully over the last couple of days, watching a deep low pressure system that’s running up the coast of the USA.  Seems like we’re being affected by the tail-end of this low, with […]

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Day's Run Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 2 April, 2016

Saturday brings another day of perfect sailing.  We’re having a great passage north towards Bermuda with fair winds and clear skies. SHIP’S WORK: Shift fore lower topsail, fore topmast staysail.  Paint skiff gunwales port side red and black.  Repair inner jib, seaming on new sails.  Work continues shaping the new jibboom.  Captain called all hands […]

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Day's Run Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 31 March, 2016

Gorgeous day!  It’s warm but not too hot with a steady force 5 breeze just abaft the starboard beam and we’re flying along.  Switched out the fore t’gallant sail for a newer one today: getting a suit of strong sails on her ready to head north. We’re at the same latitude as the mainland USA […]

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Day's Run Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 29 March 2016

Still sailing north in almost perfect weather – Donald says he brought the nice weather with him from the Caribbean and it’s going to stay with us the whole way, we hope so! SHIP’S WORK: Replace starboard main t’gallant brace and starboard gaff vang, scrape t’gallant st’ns’l boom ready for varnish.  Sailmaking: roping new gaff topsail, seaming […]

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Day's Run Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 28 March, 2016

PICTON CASTLE sailed off the dock at St. Martin this morning. We hove-to just long enough to get the anchor on the rail and the skiff hoisted, and then set our course north towards Bermuda, sailing close to the easterly trade winds under bright blue skies.  We’re homeward bound now, just one more island call […]

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World Voyage 5

Provisioning in St. Martin

On April 26th, 2011, while Mike, Fred, Paula, Wendy, Katelinn, Davey, Ollie, Josh and Tammy were sailing in the Carriacou sloops Pipe Dream, Tradition and Good Expectation, the Picton Castle sailed off the hook under sail alone, out of Road Bay, Anguilla, bound for St. Martin. A mere five miles south of Anguilla, and about […]

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World Voyage 5

The Gods of Montserrat

By Ollie Campbell Note by the Executive Editorial Committee: The below account by veteran Picton Castle crew member Billy ‘Ollie’ Campbell and the facts asserted therein have not all been verified by independent alternative sources, but we have found no one willing to go on record to call him a liar so we let the […]

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Tales of Carriacou Slooping in the Leeward Isles

By Tammy Sharp Editor’s Note: In Antigua we met many skippers of these wonderful wooden sloops built in Carriacou, an island just north of and part of the country of Grenada. They needed crew to help get these sloops to St Barts for the West Indies Regatta. Our crew were ready for the task and […]