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South Seas Voyage 2013-2014

Tasman Winds

By Cheri Davidson 14 October 2013 We’ve heard stories of Picton Castle being a tough sea-going sailing ship, but now we know first-hand and have our own stories to tell. After sailing from Sydney Harbour in the company of 15 other ships, six of us are continuing on to New Zealand as part of the […]

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Aloha Polynesia

Penrhyn aka Tongareva

By Kate “Bob” Addison 25th July 2013 Penrhyn Island is named for the British ship Lady Penrhyn which arrived here in 1788. Its Maori name is Tongareva, which translates as Land Floating in the South. We came ashore on Monday morning with our small consignment of cargo for Penrhyn wrapped in tarps to keep it […]

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South Pacific Voyage 2012-2013

Aitutaki 2

By Kate “Bob” Addison During our stay in Aitutaki, Picton Castle was anchored right in the pass in the reef opposite the main town of Arutanga. The idea is that the outflow from the lagoon keeps the ship’s head to the reef, and stops her swinging about too much. There is a more or less […]

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Lunenburg South Pacific Voyage 2012-2013

Pre-departure Task List

By Kate “Bob” Addison As our Picton Castle is about to set off on another epic voyage, this time bound for and throughout the amazing South Pacific in the trade winds, we thought our readers might be interested to read about some of the detail of our preparations. Sailing to the South Seas might seem […]

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Lunenburg South Pacific Voyage 2012-2013

South Pacific Voyage Departure

****UPDATE**** Due to weather, Picton Castle’s departure has been delayed until Monday at 2:00pm. Picton Castle has been abuzz with activity for the past three weeks with orientation, training and preparation for the South Pacific Voyage. New trainee crew members joined us October 1st and have been getting to know each other, working together, learning […]

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Miscellaneous

Name That Newfoundland Tune

I’m always better at remembering something when I can sing it. Learning the alphabet? Much easier with the alphabet song than to remember a long string of letters. Canadian provinces? The tune started with “the provinces of Canada are fun to remember, fun to remember…” and it still helps me get them in the right […]