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Day’s Run – 1 April 2019

Day came in cloudy with small rain squalls. By noon had cleared with lovely blue skies. Sundry silly Aprils fools pranks about the ship. Wore ship again at mid-day. New Royal yard almost done, almost ready to send aloft and cross.. Shifting out the fore-upper topsail, send down for repairs. Has a couple small tears […]

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Day’s Run – 3 November, 2018

As we make our way farther northwest, out of the South Pacific Ocean and into the Coral Sea, Picton Castle remains steady as she rolls through the larger swells, caused from the joining of the two seas. A rainy start to our day on board. This morning’s 4 – 8 watch were drenched but by […]

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Day’s Run – 5 October, 2018

After nearly three weeks anchored in Suva, the capital city of Fiji, we’re off on our merry way again. Yesterday at 10:30 am we sailed off the hook and sailed out of Suva Harbour past fishing boats and misty mountains in the background. Our time in Fiji was well spent, the ship was hauled out […]

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Day’s Run – 7 August, 2018

Picton Castle – bound from Mangareva for Rarotonga. The day came in overcast, clouds parted late morning, clear blue skies, bright hot sun shining down as we shut down the main engine at 1145 and set all sails. To recap on our last port of call, the town of Rikitea on the island of Mangareva […]

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Miscellaneous World Voyage 5

In Rarotonga -Waiting for the Ship

I stumbled onto the tarmac at 5:30 am, steadying myself and blinking. Sweet smoke hung in the air -mingling with the scent of ripe fruit – papayas and mangoes and breadfruit… The sun was scraping the horizon, arriving just in time to fuel my excitement. We were here! Eight of us will meet the Picton […]

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Passage to Rarotonga-Tradewinds gone astray #3

South Pacific south-east tradewinds, as pleasent and fine to sail in as they are, and depend on them we do to get across this ocean, are not quite as reliable as say South Atlantic tradewinds, which never seem to quit. Due to a low between two highs far to our south, yesterday the wind built […]

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Small Boat Expeditions

By Joanna Clark and Mike “Fred” Weiss Picton Castle crew members enjoyed sailing the 22′ dory Sea Never Dry and the 23′ monomoy longboat during the small boat expedition to the island of Akmaru, located about 5nm away from Mangareva. For beginners to small boat sailing, the first few days were an abrupt introduction, as […]

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Black Pearls

The lagoons at the heart-breakingly beautiful French Polynesian island of Mangareva produce the best black pearls in the world, at least according to the pearl farmers who live and work there. The farms don’t look like much – just wooden shacks over the water built on concrete pillars on top of a reef and a […]

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Mangareva Arrival

As we sailed away from the lee of Pitcairn Island, we had one new face aboard – David Brown, a young man who grew up on Pitcairn and is the grandson of Pitcairn legend Len. David will join us for a while to see some of the South Pacific and see what he can learn […]

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Island Concerts-Island Names -Pitcairn Island Log #7

We had two “concert” nights at Pitcairn again at the public square, one with each watch. For weeks before our arrival, crew had been practicing their acts. On both nights, this variety/talent show was opened by the school children singing together. From there, the Picton Castle crew presented their acts. The port watch opened with […]