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Captain’s Log – 30 August, 2016

At 2230 this evening Picton Castle dropped anchor in Rose Bay, in the same spot we lay four months and a little under 10,000 nautical miles ago. Quite a contrast to the blustery cold morning when we set out into the North Atlantic in May, the ship now lays calm and still, the only noise […]

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Day’s Run – 15 May, 2016

The wind moderated this morning again and the skies cleared for the early morning. As the Sunday galley team prepared breakfast (giving Donald a much deserved day off) PICTON CASTLE is pushed easily along and the sun is shining brightly. A lovely way to start our Sunday.   This didn’t last for long however; the next […]

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Day’s Run – 13 April, 2016

Still making tracks to the north under sail and main engine.  As the temperature outside drops, engine room watch becomes the most popular job onboard; it’s warm down there with the machinery running! SHIP’S WORK: Re-lead starboard fore t’gallant and royal gear, shorten chain on port fore t’gallant sheet FROM: St George, Bermuda TOWARDS: Lunenburg, […]

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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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Day’s Run – 22 March, 2016

The wind has been variable as we make our way between the islands, so there’s been heaps of sail handling, taking in and setting royals and upper staysail, even t’gallants and the mainsail at times as the wind built to a force 6. It was an excellent evening for taking star sight tonight: clear horizon […]

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Day’s Run – 15 February, 2016

There was a small pod of Minke whales just a few meters from the quarterdeck on the starboard side today. They stayed with us for much of the morning, sometimes rolling over just under the 6 to ten foot seas to show their white bellies before diving for a while. In the afternoon the captain […]

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Day’s Run – 13 January, 2016

Gentle easy sailing in warm balmy breezes astern along the coast of the Western Sahara. More whales around the ship this afternoon: we saw them breach and blow across a huge area around the ship, and even a few sets of flukes. From their bulky shape and size we think it was a pod of […]

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Day’s Run – 12 January, 2016

We are still enjoying bright warm weather and fair winds as we sail ever south towards Dakar, skirting the coast of Mauritania and the Western Sahara. There’s still heaps of shipping around, so the lookout, helmsman and officer of the watch have to be even more alert than usual, ready to call a passing ship […]

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Day’s Run – 8 January, 2016

We’re making ready for the next passage: we will depart for Dakar, Senegal tomorrow morning. That means we’ve been busy loading food, water and fuel, getting the bilges pumped and decks oiled, sails bent and everything stowed so the ship is ready to go to sea. It also means making sure the crew are trained […]

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Day’s Run – 6 January, 2016

It’s a public holiday for Epiphany here in the Canary Islands. Last night there was a parade through town to the church, complete with the three wise men riding real camels – we saw the camels come across on the ferry from Tenerife! Meanwhile, aboard ship the watch have been switching out our strong, heavy […]