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Blue Water Blogs: Picton Castle

Posted by Tall Ships America on October 30, 2014

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WELCOME TO THE FIRST POST OF BLUE WATER BLOGS! FOLLOW THE ADVENTURES OF TALL SHIPS AND THEIR CREW AS THEY SET OFF ON OCEAN VOYAGES ALL OVER THE WORLD.

Erin (Bermuda) and Elias (Sweden) bend on the mizzen topmast staysail. (Photo Courtesy of Picton Castle)

Erin (Bermuda) and Elias (Sweden) bend on the mizzen topmast staysail. (Photo Courtesy of Picton Castle)

October 26, 2014 – Benoa Harbour, Bali, Indonesia (Bali, Indonesia to Reunion Island, France)

“We’re underway! After an extended visit in Bali, we’ve just begun our four-week passage across the Indian Ocean. Crew are all excited to be at sea again.”

October 27, 2014 – 09°53.8’S x 113°47.39’E (Bali, Indonesia to Reunion Island, France)

“Happy to be at sea finally! Leaving Bali we got a hawser wrapped around the main prop, so Axel dived down with snorkel gear to cut it off. Once clear of the harbour we set all sail, but there wasn’t enough wind to counteract the current so we steamed overnight to get clear of the shore. We set sail again at the midday change of the watch today. Drills are planned for this afternoon, followed by a power shower. Seas are slight, weather is good and nobody’s terribly sea sick. Alex made chocolate brownies last night for Axel’s birthday.”

October 28, 2014 – 09°59.2’S x 112°55.4’E  (Bali, Indonesia to Reunion Island, France)

“Steaming overnight, wind forecast to pick up enough to sail by the morning. All hands Fire Drill and fire prevention training today at 1700.”

October 29, 2014 – 10°55.1’S x 110°09.7’E  (Bali, Indonesia to Reunion Island, France)

“After steaming overnight we set all sail at noon. The wind has been filling in slowly over the afternoon, so now at 6pm we’re making 4 and a half knots, should continue to improve further over night. We walked though abandon ship scenarios this afternoon with full drill to follow tomorrow. Preparations have begun for Hallowe’en festivities this weekend.”

October 30, 2014 – 11°20.3’S x 108°32.9’E  (Bali, Indonesia to Reunion Island, France)

“It’s a gorgeous day in the Indian Ocean! Wind filled in to a nice force four on the port quarter by mid-afternoon, and the seas are sparkly bright blue. This afternoon’s workshop is an introduction to sail making with Capt. Moreland starting with design and construction theory.”

Read more on Picton Castle’s Facebook Page.

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