One of our YES friends, Murray, decided to sign on to a classic “age of sail” tall ship for three months when he retired a few years ago. The “Picton Castle” is a square rigged Barque ship that provides appropriate training to able bodied people of any age that are looking for a truly unique travel adventure. We were surprised that he had to pay them quite a bit for the “working” trip, but he felt he got his moneys worth and learned a lot. You can see on their site that its less expensive that an excursion to Mount Everest for example. You can also follow their adventures by reading the captains log, if you don’t have your sea legs!
Around the world
Their current “around the world” trip is broken into five (5) legs, each with four (4) months durations.
- Canada to Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia
- Suva, Fiji
- Bali, Indonesia
- Cape Town, South Africa
- Luderitz, Namibia
- St. Helena, UK
- Some or all of the following Caribbean islands:
- British Virgin Islands
- St. George’s, Bermuda
Here’s a snippet from their web site. Much more info in their link.
The Barque Picton Castle is a classic Age of Sail square rigged sailing ship making deep-sea voyages. This October we will set sail on a voyage around the world. You can sign on and sail as trainee crew on this incredible voyage. Sailing bluewater while learning the way of a ship is our life for about a year and a half. We’ll sail 35,000 nautical miles along the traditional routes of the world’s great sailing ships and explorers of old, and yes, pirates too. We put into ports such as Panama, Pitcairn Island, Tahiti, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu, Bali, Cape Town, St. Helena, Caribbean islands, and Bermuda, sailing across the broad South Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Oceans, all while becoming increasingly accomplished seafarers and learning seamanship skills hands-on through crewing a square-rigged ship. You become one of the crew. No prior sailing experience is necessary as you will get plenty of experience on this voyage. This is the ultimate voyage!
Our ship, the Picton Castle, is best known for her deep water, ocean wandering, tropical voyages of learning and adventure, to legendary ports of call in the tropics of this world. Our deep sea and tropical world is calling to us again, so we will set sail on this monumental voyage around the world starting in October 2022. You can sign on for the full year-and-a-half adventure under sail, or for a leg of a few months’ duration. There is an application process we follow to put a great group of shipmates together under the leadership of Captain Moreland, the mates and staff crew. (more information in their link)
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