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Back-To-Back Transatlantics Voyage 2016

Day’s Run – 21 May, 2016

This day came in with a solid breeze a little to the north of west and after having been shortened down for the night we set more sail in the morning watch. But before setting sails we did some training with the on deck watch and the daymen in the morning. PICTON CASTLE has a […]

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Back-To-Back Transatlantics Voyage 2016

Day’s Run – 20 May, 2016

After a squally night under Topsails the cold front passed through in the early morning and the weather started to clear off and settle into a moderate westerly breeze. At first light we made sail to the Royals and continued on our way, still sailing to the South of East. We are currently making for […]

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Back-To-Back Transatlantics Voyage 2016

Day’s Run – 16 May, 2016

Half Way! We are making a very good passage to France, 10 days out and half way across. Our Sunday weather system moved on overnight and the morning dawned clear with light cloud cover and a Force 4 wind. With this we set all sails in the morning watch. It was a good exercise as […]

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Day’s Run – 13 May, 2016

Overnight as predicted the wind built with the seas still relatively small the ship rode along comfortably logging 7 and 8kts most of the night into the morning. The crew have been keeping busy doing their ship checks and keeping a close eye on things in general. It has been said that ‘eternal vigilance is […]

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Back-To-Back Transatlantics Voyage 2016

Day’s Run – 12 May, 2016

After motoring through a calm night set sail around noon today. A north east breeze sprang up and we got the ship under sail slowly to the south. Slowing down is exactly what we want to do at this time as a low pressure system is deepening over this area and we want to give […]

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Back-To-Back Transatlantics Voyage 2016

Day’s Run – 11 May, 2016

Light winds continued through the night and into today and we continue to steam along. This morning dawned clear and bright, still a welcome relief from the fog. Finally our chance to dry things out a bit, all the sails were loosed and many articles of clothing and towels hung out to shed some moisture […]

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Day’s Run – 8 May, 2016

REMARKS: After a night of sailing in moderate conditions under Topsails and Courses (still with the ever present fog) this morning it came on to blow fresh. By 1100 the wind was up to Force 8 from the South and all hands were called to take in and furl Upper Topsails and the Mainsail. As […]

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Day’s Run – 7 May, 2016

This day finds us continuing to motor sail to the ESE with cold rain and fog. What wind there was has gone away and we have taken in all square sail. The sea conditions have calm down too from the day before and most of the crew who were feeling the sea sickness yesterday are […]

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Day’s Run – 6 May 2016

Picton Castle hove up anchor this morning from Rose Bay outbound for sea. We started our voyage to La Rochelle, France yesterday departing from our wharf in Lunenburg Harbour in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada a little after 3pm. We then anchored up for the night with a view to getting the crew one more night to get used to […]

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Departing Lunenburg – 5 May 2016

We set sail from Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada this afternoon, bound for La Rochelle, France to start the first passage of the Back-to-Back Transatlantics Voyage. It’s damp and foggy today, but the weather looks fair for the next few days. Thank you to everyone in Lunenburg who continues to support what we do. We love […]