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Special Offer from Picton Castle for Tall Ships America Members

Posted by Tall Ships America on October 31, 2014

Picton Castle

Picton Castle

Join the PICTON CASTLE world-voyaging crew in Cape Town, South Africa, January 2015

 Exclusive Special Offer only for Tall Ships America Members


Leg 3, from Cape Town, South Africa to Cape Verde, January 3 to March 20

Price: $10,800  Price for Tall Ships America members: $8,600, including the donation made in your name

Leg 4, from Cape Verde to Lunenburg, Canada, March 20 to May 16

Price: $8,800  Price for Tall Ships America members: $7,000, including the donation made in your name

Legs 3 & 4, from Cape Town, South Africa to Lunenburg, Canada, January 3 to May 16

Price: $19,600 Price for Tall Ships America members: $15,600, including the donation made in your name

In addition to the fee you pay, a further $1,000 for each leg will be donated to Tall Ships America by PICTON CASTLE on behalf of each sail trainee.

Not a member of Tall Ships America? Sign up on our website!

The Barque PICTON CASTLE has been sailing the worlds’ oceans for nearly 20 years in the wake of the great square rigged ships of the Age of Sail.  Her epic voyages have already inspired hundreds of people to come together to sail, to explore this salt water globe and to seek to learn all that a ship on the open ocean have to teach.

Our crew connect with people and places across the world.  Transcending boundaries of geography, culture and race we return to villages where we have made friends, often bringing essential supplies, donated educational materials and medical care to some of the most remote and isolated communities on Earth.   By working together we grow strong and learn to trust our shipmates and ourselves.  By harnessing the power of the wind in our hand-stitched cotton sails we learn awareness and how to spot a problem before it arises.  By watching the slowly processing stars on night watch, and the glorious ocean sunsets each evening, we learn to see the sublime in the every day.  The things you learn aboard PICTON CASTLE, and the friendships you make aboard, last a lifetime.

Aboard the ship right now, sailing westwards across the Indian Ocean, we have an exceptional gang of men and women of all ages and all backgrounds, hailing from a dozen different countries and every corner of the globe; Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Canada, USA, Tonga, Fiji, England and more.  What brings them together is a commitment to experiencing a life at sea under sail, to the ship, her voyages; a down-to-Earth saltiness and a sense of adventure.

Now we are looking for the next generation of mariners to join our crew and write the next chapter of the PICTON CASTLE story.  No sailing experience is necessary – it’s far more important to be a good shipmate, though you must be reasonably fit.  More than anything you must want to join us on this adventure and want to see the world beyond your horizons.

Soon PICTON CASTLE will be rounding the Cape of Good Hope and entering the South Atlantic, there to sail up the coast of Africa and cross to the Caribbean calling at Grenada, Carriacou, Barbados and Dominica before heading north via Bermuda, to her homecoming in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada.  After three years voyaging westwards around the world, it’s set to be quite the celebration.

Join us in Cape Town, South Africa in January 2015 or in Cape Verde in March 2015.  Sail with us as we cross the Atlantic Ocean, cross the equator and cruise the magical islands of the real Caribbean. We will be visiting friends we have made over the years, sailing our small boats in the crystal clear water and practicing beach landings on the perfect white sand.  We’ll be sailing on and off the hook, tacking the ship about, climbing aloft and handling sails.  We’ll learn sailmaking, rigging, small boat handling and celestial navigation, but first we’ll learn to sail our ship across oceans.

If you’ve never been afloat before, or if you already have one foot in the sea and want to advance into traditional seamanship, then now is the time. The world’s oceans and its trade winds are waiting, come join the adventure!







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A Sense of the Sublime

Posted by Tall Ships America on March 13, 2014

Picton Castle -  a few days from Charleston. Photo Credit Matt Maples

Picton Castle – a few days from Charleston. Photo Credit Matt Maples

Every day on Slate, the Quora column answers a question. The questions range from the silly – What’s so great about espresso? To the more scientific – What would happen if a coin-sized black hole were placed at the Earth’s center? And many, many questions in between.

Yesterday, a Quora contributor asked, “What’s it like to sail around the world?” Who better to answer that question than a crewmember on Picton Castle currently sailing around the world. Here is the fascinating answer.

For more details about life on Picton Castle and sailing to remote Pacific Islands, sign up for the Captain’s Log.

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Picton Castle Apprenticeship

Posted by Tall Ships America on September 12, 2013

Looking for more sea time and experience? Picton Castle is looking for apprentices to join them in the Pacific. For the cost of room and board, you can join Leg 3 of the current voyage, sailing from Auckland, New Zealand to Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas, via Pitcairn Island and Mangareva, from October 25 this year to February 1 next year. 

PC apprentice


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And like that, they were gone

Posted by Tall Ships America on July 26, 2012

L to R – Larinda,HMS Bounty,Pride of Baltimore II

Walking the Halifax waterfront after the ships had left Monday, there was something different (besides the obvious). Dar was the first to figure it out, it was quiet. For the past five days, we had been surrounded by music – buskers with their guitars, little old ladies with their spoons, raucously loud bands playing rock and roll, Irish music in the bars, and bagpipers on every corner.  Now, with the crowds dispersing and the ships headed to the outports, it was another quiet Monday afternoon along the waterfront.

Monday morning was spent packing up our office and saying goodbye to friends. Most of the ships we will see next year in the Great Lakes and there will be many familiar faces among the crew. Others, we see throughout the year, at our various meetings and our annual conference (details to be announced soon!). But still, the end of our summer series always seems so final. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 2012, APPLEDORE V, Halifax, NS, HMS BOUNTY, LYNX, Newport, RI, PICTON CASTLE, Savannah, Sloop PROVIDENCE, Tall Ship Events | Leave a Comment »

In a little place called Halifax, Nova Scotia

Posted by Tall Ships America on July 22, 2012

Six ship cooks faced off against each other yesterday afternoon. In an Iron Chef-type competition, they were given 40 minutes to create a meal from the surprise contents of the little blue blox. Celebrity chef Chuck Hughes was on hand to judge the plates and Taste of Nova Scotia generously donated the ingredients and prizes. There were three teams of two – Nick (Eagle) and Kori (Unicorn), Kari (Lynx) and Pat (Peacemaker), and Sean (Gazela) and Jo (Amistad).  Read the rest of this entry »

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Lookin’ good from the top of the bridge

Posted by Tall Ships America on July 10, 2012

Pride of Baltimore II sails toward the Newport Bridge during the Parade of Sail

Last night at the wonderful volunteer thank you party, sponsored by Newport Grand,  there were smiles all around on tired, tan faces. As volunteers, ship liaisons, and port organizers were basking in the glow of a job well done, we couldn’t help but reflect on how quickly the time went from that first volunteer training session so many weeks ago.  An event of this size demands a large volunteer contingent and Newport came through in spades. All the applause, compliments and praise was well deserved. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 2012, Halifax, NS, Newport, RI, PICTON CASTLE, Races | 3 Comments »

Sparks and Bubbles

Posted by Tall Ships America on June 8, 2012

It’s a combination of  all things sparkly, festive, and nautical!

Join us at Fort Adams in Newport, RI, from 7:30-10:30p on July 4th for Tall Ships America’s Champagne Salute.  

Sip champagne while you watch the fireworks over Newport Harbor from the decks of HMS Bounty and Picton Castle during our annual fundraiser. Join us as we celebrate our maritime heritage and the arrival of the tall ships for the Ocean State Tall Ships® festival (July 6-9). 

Can’t make it on July 4th? There is also an exclusive opportunity to sail away on Bounty on July 5th from 9am to 1pm.

Click here for the printable response card or you can contact our office directly at 401.846.1775.

Posted in 2012, HMS BOUNTY, Newport, RI, PICTON CASTLE, Tall Ship Events | 1 Comment »

Sail the South Pacific!

Posted by Tall Ships America on April 30, 2012

Tomorrow, Darlene, Patti and I fly down to Savannah in preparation for the Savannah Tall Ships Challenge(R)  festival which starts on Thursday (wee!). There is still so much to do but we couldn’t be more excited to see the ships sail up the river and be there on the docks to greet old friends. One of these old friends is Picton Castle, a longtime member of Tall Ships America and amazing supporter of sail training. Several of our summer interns have sailed as part of the crew, and have gone on to sail around the world (Meredith) and to the ends of the earth (Matt).

Now is your chance to sail on the Picton Castle! Read the rest of this entry »

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A Thoroughly Impractical Guide for Going to Sea

Posted by Tall Ships America on March 22, 2012

The most recent issue of Boat U.S. magazine has hit the stands and there is a great article about the lure of sea and how you can get involved (hint: it’s wicked easy).  The author, Chris Landers,  interviews Capt. Dan Moreland, our own Executive Director Bert Rogers,  and recounts his  experiences sailing on U.S. Brig Niagara and Pride of Baltimore II

Here is the link, enjoy – http://www.boatusmagazine.com/boatus/20120405#pg64

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High and Dry

Posted by Tall Ships America on March 16, 2012

How do you haul out a 284 ton, 179′ steel hulled barque? Uh, very carefully… along with scuba divers, some good ol’fashioned elbow grease, and giant chains.  On Wednesday, Picton Castle went into drydock at the Lunenburg Foundry for a week of maintenance and repairs in preparation for their 2012-2013 Atlantic Voyage  kicking off next month.

First things first, the port anchor had be hauled up, not an easy task since it had been set last June and there was a small crew to do the work with no subs at the windlass. Here is the description of the rest of the process from Voyage Coordinator Maggie (thanks, Maggie!):

After a short trip down the waterfront, the Captain got the ship lined up in the cradle, lines were adjusted until the ship was dead centre, then the cradle was hauled out of the water by giant chains. After a check by the scuba divers to make sure everything was properly aligned, the blocks under the bilge were put in place and the cradle continued to be hauled up until it was on solid ground, and the ship completely out of the water.

We expect to have the ship out of the water for about a week for routine inspection and maintenance.

Here is a video taken by Maggie showing Picton Castle going into drydock

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