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Day’s Run – May 12, 2015

Another gorgeous day’s sailing. It’s been a great passage so far and we’ve built up some good time to allow for the calms we’re expecting overnight tonight as we meet a windless ridge of high pressure stretching out across the Atlantic. It was a busy early afternoon on the quarterdeck today with Ashley at the […]

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Day’s Run – May 7, 2015

The wind continues at a steady force 6, but the waves have evened out and they are less confused now we’re further from land, so it’s altogether a much more pleasant ride. The ship is making between 6 and 7 knots under fairly short sail, we’re romping along! A container ship just passed by about […]

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Day’s Run – May 6, 2015

Picton Castle is underway again after a very successful festival at Aruba, and a wonderful few weeks cruising the Caribbean. Now we are bound for Lunenburg and the close of this sixth global circumnavigation. We pushed into fairly strong winds and biggish seas for 24 hours to get clear of Aruba, which is down-wind of […]

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Westward Bound

Sailing the Isles of the Blest

April 14th, 2015 We just sailed from Bequia of St Vincent and the Grenadines, yesterday afternoon in our Barque Picton Castle. Bound for Antigua we are just now. Sailing under the lee of St Lucia and Martinique – plan to get to windward of Dominica to get some useful winds on the Atlantic side of […]

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Westward Bound

On To Grenada

By Kate “Bob” Addison After a few days to relax, decompress and do nothing in Carriacou after so long at sea, we made the short passage to Grenada, which is just a perfect daysail away with sunny skies and fair winds. It’s a fair amount of work taking a square rigger out for a day […]

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Westward Bound

Caribbean Landfall

By Kate “Bob” Addison Sailing into Carriacou after over a month at sea On Saturday the 28th March 2015 Picton Castle and her crew made landfall at the beautiful island of Carriacou, part of Grenada in the Windward Isles of the Caribbean. The first sight of land was at dawn: a pale grey triangular smudge […]

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Day’s Run – March 27, 2015

The green waters surrounding the ship for the last day or two from the Amazon freshwater is back to blue. We had a ‘funky reggae party’ late afternoon on the main hatch to get everyone in the Caribbean mood. Popcorn, juice, colourful outfits and groovy musics, though a mid-party squall sent everyone running to take […]

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South Pacific Voyage 2012-2013

Off The Spanish Main

Sunset – November 30 – our barque is steering west about 50 miles off the coast of Venezuela, what was once called the “Spanish Main”. The island of Aruba is up ahead about 40 miles off the port bow. We may see this low sandy island in the morning. The ship has her yards almost […]

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South Pacific Voyage 2012-2013

Grenada

By Kate “Bob” Addison A beautiful Tuesday afternoon finds the Picton Castle sailing sweetly across the Caribbean Sea away from Grenada and the Grenadines. The trade winds astern are pushing us along towards Panama at a respectable 7 knots and are also wonderfully refreshing on this warm, sunny day. Grenada showed us a wonderful time, […]

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South Pacific Voyage 2012-2013

Our First Port of Call: Carriacou, West Indies

By Kate “Bob” Addison Two weeks and two days out from Lunenburg and Picton Castle is sailing quietly and majestically to her anchorage off the beautiful island of Carriacou in the West Indies. We have logged some two thousand miles through the North Atlantic Ocean to get here, and it’s good to have land in […]