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Join the PICTON CASTLE this summer!

Posted by Tall Ships America on April 24, 2009

There are many reasons to be a member of the American Sail Training Association, free copies of our directory Sail Tall Ships!, discounts to our regional meetings and annual conference, and  the smug knowledge that your membership helps to support our mission, along with many of the education and scholarship programs which help bring the adventure, excitement and life changing experience of the tall ships and sail training to an ever widening audience, both young and old.

And today, another benefit from one of our member vessels, Picton Castle.  Join the Picton Castle for a voyage this summer along the Atlantic Coast  for three, six or nine weeks and, if you are an ASTA Member receive 20% off the regular price. This is an awesome opportunity on an awesome ship. Keep reading for the nitty gritty on this amazing adventure…

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Lunenburg, Picton Castle’s base of operations, is where the first leg will begin. As a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its history as a fishing town, Lunenburg is the ideal place to start the journey. Sail across the Gulf of Maine to Boston, where you will meet up with an impressive fleet of tall ships from around the world for a giant celebration. Sail in company with those same ships to Halifax for another opportunity to mingle with crew from other ships and other nations, as well as to share your ship and your experience as a crew member with the public.

As part of the international fleet set out to cross the Atlantic, Picton Castle will continue in company with other ships to visit smaller ports in Nova Scotia. From there you will sail across the Gulf of Saint Lawrence to Gaspe, where the ship and crew will be part of the celebration of the 475th anniversary of Jacques Cartier’s arrival in North America. Iles de la Madeleine, an archipelago of rocky islands connected by long sand dunes in the middle of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, will be our next stop. Expereince the beauty and culture of these islands which are part of Quebec but mostly self-sustaining. Sail into the Northumberland Strait to Summerside, the second largest town on Prince Edward Island where you can dig for clams and the famous island potatoes in the same day.

Sail across the Cabot Strait to the West coast of Newfoundland. Whales, seals, sea birds and other marine life will be our companions as we explore the breathtaking scenery along the West and South coasts of the island of Newfoundland. We’ll add some international flavour to the voyage with a visit to Saint Pierre and Miquelon, a French territory just off the coast of Newfoundland, before making a long North Atlantic passage back to Lunenburg.

As a trainee on Picton Castle you become a working crew member. Under the guidance of our professional crew, you will stand watches of four hours on and eight hours off and partake in all shipboard duties. This is not a luxury cruise where helping the crew is optional – you are the crew. Daily duties include setting sails, scrubbing the deck, steering the ship, sanding, painting and varnishing, doing lookout, household chores, helping in the galley, coiling lines and lots more.

Safety is our first priority and our experienced crew will instruct you in the use of safety equipment and guide you through emergency drills. At times the work can be hard, but the reward of sunrises and sunsets at sea, the satisfaction of contributing to the daily working of the ship and the lessons you learn about yourself and your abilities make the effort worthwhile.

Men and women, ages 16 and up, can apply to sail as trainees. Click here to apply!


For one leg (three weeks) – $2,995

For whole voyage (nine weeks) – $8,500






Become an ASTA Member! Click here!






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