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Back-To-Back Transatlantics Voyage 2016 La Grande Traversee

Day’s Run – 18 June, 2016

Our tradewind passage continues, we are expecting though that the winds might get a little light at our current latitude so in the morning watch we wore ship to head further south in hopes of steadier winds. With the good weather the flurry of day work continues as well: many new ratlines going up, coatings […]

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Back-To-Back Transatlantics Voyage 2016 Day's Run La Grande Traversee

Day’s Run – 17 June, 2016

Trade winds at last! The wind shifted North East last night and we have made our turn to the West. Can’t have much better sailing than this, with a fresh wind, small seas and every stitch of sail we have bent set the Ship is moving along marvellously. Trade wind passages are typically, in sailing […]

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Legs 3 & 4

“It feels like I belong here, like this is home” one of our gang aboard said the other day. Over the past three months, the crew have come to know the ship and each other well, increasingly becoming more than friends or coworkers as we all depend on each other and on the ship to […]

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Getting Close to Pitcairn Island!

With only 375 miles to go for the Picton Castle to reach Pitcairn Island – we are all getting pretty excited!!! In order to look after the ship whether she is anchored or hove-to offshore and also not to put too many of our crew on the island at once (and thus not overwhelming island […]

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Halfway to Pitcairn

On a long ocean passage in the tradewinds in the Picton Castle, or any other deep sea sailing ship, life falls easily into a gentle routine. It feels like we left Galapagos ages ago, but then I think back to something that happened last week and it seems like yesterday. Being at sea causes a […]

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Taking the 8-12 Watch

By Chief Mate Michael Moreland After a late wakeup call, a quick glance out to weather from my porthole reveals our near perfect sailing breeze is still with us. She trots along the long Pacific swells with the clean, fresh wind on her port quarter. All sails set and drawing nicely, a pull on a […]

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A South Pacific Trade-Winds Passage

A voyage around the world in the Barque Picton Castle is many things; a challenging adventure, a voyage of personal discovery, a chance to learn to be an accomplished deepwater seafarer, a rare, perhaps unique way to access some remote islands and cultures as real crew in a sailing ship from the ‘Age of Sail’, […]

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Daymen

Ever deeper into the South Pacific – Daymen on a Tradewind Passage in the Picton Castle. Wednesday was the first full workday for our new daymen. Now that the crew really know their lines and are comfortable with sail handling steering, ship handling and can follow orders well, we have broken some of the gang […]

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Fresh Trade Winds

After only 12 hours motoring out of Galapagos the Picton Castle picked up fresh trade-winds. The usual destination for westward bound vessels from Galapagos is the Marquesas, just south of due west but not for us. We are steering SW for Pitcairn Island over 2,700 miles away deep in the South Pacific Ocean. Having these […]