In October 2017, Picton Castle will begin an epic 18-month voyage around the world. This will be the ship's seventh time circling the globe under sail.
Trainees on Picton Castle's first six world circumnavigation voyages describe their experience as profoundly enriching, broadening their understanding of the world in both the physical and cultural sense while gaining seamanship skills and an intimate knowledge of how the ship works.
This is the longest uninterrupted adventure you can sign up for anywhere. Take a chance and sail around the world!
Become a Trainee
Picton Castle's crew complement is made up of 52 people, which includes 12 experienced, qualified, certified professional mariners and 40 sail trainees. With the instruction and guidance of the professional crew, trainees are an integral part of sailing the ship.
Always dreamed of standing at a ship's wheel steering under a cloud of white canvas sails? This is your chance. You will also haul on lines, handle sails, scrub the decks, take your turn on forward lookout, paint the entire ship from top to bottom, peel carrots for the cook in the galley, observe and log the weather, plot our position on charts, tie knots, splice rope, brace the yards and whatever else it takes to keep the ship sailing.
No sailing experience is needed to become a trainee. You will learn the skills you need and how it all works through the process of sailing the ship, as well as regular workshops.
World Voyage 7 Itinerary
|Leg 1: South Pacific Bound||Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada||October 1, 2017|
|Panama & Panama Canal|
|Mangareva, French Polynesia|
|Marquesas, French Polynesia|
|Tuamotus, French Polynesia|
|Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia||April 15, 2018|
|Leg 2: Polynesian Passage||Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia||April 15, 2018|
|The Society Islands|
|Penrhyn Atoll and/or other Northern Cook Islands|
|Aitutaki, Cook Islands|
|Avatiu, Rarotonga, Cook Islands|
|Palmerston Atoll, Cook Islands|
|Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga|
|Savu Savu, Fiji|
|Suva, Fiji||July 20, 2018|
|Leg 3: Fiji to Bali and Africa||Suva, Fiji||July 20, 2018|
|Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu|
|Cape Town, South Africa||January 1, 2019|
|Leg 4: Transatlantic||Cape Town, South Africa||January 1, 2019|
|Grenada & the Grenadines|
|British Virgin Islands|
|Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada||May 1, 2019|
*Itinerary subject to change for any reason at any time
More details on the various ports of call will be posted soon.
For the vast majority of the voyage, Picton Castle will sail in a westerly direction, always toward the sunset. Starting from our base of operations in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada you'll head south to lower latitudes and warmer weather in the Caribbean Sea. Then the drive west begins, passing through the Panama Canal into the Pacific Ocean. After many, many island visits in Polynesia and Melanesia, you will pass through the Torres Strait between Australia and Papua New Guinea, from the Pacific Ocean into the Indian Ocean. After crossing the Indian Ocean you will sail around the south end of Africa and the Cape of Good Hope. You'll cross the South Atlantic from east to west, approaching the Equator again, then the Caribbean, then it's north to return to Lunenburg a year and a half later.
Who Can Sail
This voyage is open to men and women ages 18+ of all nationalities. Sailing experience is NOT required.
Imagine you're in the middle of the ocean, weeks away from land, living and working with 51 other people in a space not longer than 179 feet and not wider than 23 feet. Now imagine what kind of people you'd want to be with in that situation; it's probably people who are pleasant, amiable and even-tempered. All candidates are subject to an application process including an interview. You are also required to provide proof of good health and the ability to do moderately strenuous physical activity.
Maybe this is something you have always dreamed of. Maybe you're taking a gap year or a career break. Maybe you want vocational training to start a maritime career. Maybe you're up for the adventure of a lifetime. Picton Castle is the only square-rigged ship sailing around the world today on which you can sign on to sail as crew the whole way 'round.
Trainees may also sign on for one or more legs of the voyage.
Prices for the voyage, in US dollars (USD), are as follows.
Uncertain about the cost? Look more closely at our voyage fees.
Step aboard for this adventurous journey. Start by filling out the online trainee application form. For more information, contact the voyage coordinator. We look forward to receiving your application.
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