Westward Bound

Sailmaking in Cape Town

By Lead Seaman and Sailmaker Aspirant Amy Barlow Monday January 26th, 2015 When the Picton Castle was alongside Jetty 2 in the V&A Basin of Cape Town, just next to the ship was a fine, small and empty shed about 70 feet by 40 feet. It was clean, dry and with a smooth floor. This […]

South Pacific Voyage 2012-2013

Back to Sea Again

By Kate “Bob” Addison Thursday morning sees Picton Castle still pushing to get easting in this favourable weather window. Our position is 19-02’S, 171-09’W and the day is bright and sunny. The wind is a very agreeable 20 knots just to starboard of dead astern and we’re braced almost square, running downwind at a steady […]

World Voyage 5

Advanced Ship’s Skills Workshops

As this world voyage in the Picton Castle is almost on the home stretch and our gang both keen and accomplished, we have set up an extra series of workshops for the long tradewind passage from South Africa to the West Indies in order to hone skill sets – many of our crew seek to […]