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Day’s Run – June 19, 2018

Yesterday at 0900 we sailed across the Equator! We hosted a formal visit from His Majesty King Neptune and His royal court. A momentous occasion for all on board, for the pollywogs are now grown into shellbacks like a caterpillar becoming a butterfly. As well it was a healthy reminder that we are in fact […]

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Day’s Run – June 17, 2018

A gorgeous Sunday at sea here on the Picton Castle, sailing full and by, close hauled on the port tack under the warmth of the sun. We are just one degree above the equator as a cool breeze runs through the ship. It’s been a peaceful morning on deck, no sounds of tools running or […]

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Day’s Run – June 16, 2018

We are currently sailing along under full sail, steering full and by (about SxW), a degree and a quarter north of the equator, parallel to the line at 086 degrees W. We are about 227 nautical miles from the island of Isla San Cristobal. Skies are mostly blue with a few scattered, fluffy clouds and […]

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Interlude at Balboa

The Picton Castle lay in the stream off the Balboa Yacht Club right next to the channel for the Panama Canal for some time as we prepared to head out for the South Pacific Ocean. Rain every day, often in torrents, sometimes with thunder and lightning. Drying sails was hard but had to be done […]

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Day’s Run – June 15, 2018

We are sailing along a degree and a half north of the Equator and parallel to it. Skies are blue again, seas are a bit lumpy. Plenty of booby birds all around. Ship’s Work: It’s been a fantastic sailing day at sea aboard the Picton Castle. This morning’s watches were rather exciting; wind making up […]

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Day’s Run – June 14, 2018

Our ship has caught a bug, leaving a few hands with tummy trouble. Nevertheless on we sail in pretty good conditions and work continues as per usual. At 0800 we were sailing full and by – this relies heavily on a steady helmsman, as they must sail according to the wind and not by the […]

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Day’s Run – June 13, 2018

With deck brushes in hand, the bright eyed and bushy tailed 4-8 watch enjoyed a pleasant sunrise this morning as they scrubbed the ship’s decks. From an outsider’s perspective one would think they’re practicing for the next winter Olympics as the Cook Islands curling team. The 8-12 watch took the deck, relieving the 4-8 from […]

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Day’s Run – June 12, 2018

As the new Picton Castle salts are nearing two months on board, the mates are encouraging them to advance their skills and knowledge. Last evening as we sailed along gracefully, the lead seamen took those who wished on a climb in the rig. They could become more accustomed to climbing and feeling their way around […]

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Day’s Run – June 11, 2018

Bound from Panama towards the South Pacific Since we left Panama two days ago a flock of booby birds are hitching a ride on our yardarms. Resulting in white wet pellets falling from aloft onto a crew member passing underneath or coating the ship’s deck in white droplets beginning the war on the boobies. We […]

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Transiting the Panama Canal in Picton Castle

The Panama Canal is a very big deal. Transiting through this techno marvel is even more so. Transiting this wonder of the man made world is a long hot day steaming through the tropical jungle of Panama 85’ above sea level. But what is one day compared to the alternatives? Say, the 9 or 10,000 […]