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Captains Legacy Society Funding Offshore Voyages for Young Mariners

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The Captains Legacy Society, a not-for-profit organization recently founded by friends, family, and shipmates of the late Captain Bert Rogers, has announced it is accepting applications for its inaugural round of scholarships to send two individuals to sea aboard the barque Picton Castle for a three-month offshore voyage in 2020. Bert Rogers was the executive director of Tall Ships America and a long-time sailing ship master, whose own experience aboard the brigantine Romance as a young man changed his life in dramatic and Bert Rogers lasting ways. He spent the rest of his career helping others experience like voyages of their own aboard traditionally rigged sailing ships. In addition to supporting oceangoing sail training vessels and programs, he was also a dedicated mentor to professional sailing ship mariners. Financial support is provided by the Marineros Fund, which also welcomes donations and support to further this mission. Collaborating with the Captains Legacy Society is the barque Picton Castle, which is embarking on a 12-month voyage in spring 2020 from its homeport in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, to the South Pacific. Details on this voyage are below. For more information visit www.captainslegacysociety.org.

Barque Picton Castle Returns to the South Pacific in 2020 barque picton castle

The barque Picton Castle is gearing up for a voyage to the South Seas, departing in May 2020. This year-long expedition both starts and ends in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. The public is invited to apply for spots on board, either for the entire voyage or for shorter legs. Trainee sailors, often with little or no sailing experience, become the working crew under the guidance of Captain Dan Moreland and his professional crew. Picton Castle will sail for the Caribbean, then to the San Blas Islands and Portobelo in Panama, before transiting the Panama Canal to the Pacific Ocean. Picton Castle will then head out across the Pacific, making stops in the Galapagos Islands, Pitcairn Island (home of the descendants of the mutineers on the Bounty), French Polynesia, and the Society Islands, visiting Takaroa (where the County of Roxburgh, a Scottish-built iron fourmasted ship, wrecked on the beach in 1906 and lies there to this day), Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, Huahine, and Raivavae. To make the return trip, Picton Castle will sail south to find the westerly winds, then turn north again at the longitude of Easter Island, which is the next port of call. From there it’s on to the Gulf of Panama and the Pearl Islands and Taboga before a return trip through the Panama Canal. There are a few more tropical ports of call along the Yucatan. Finally, in spring of 2021, Picton Castle intends to participate in the 2021 Tall Ships Challenge in the Gulf of Mexico, before heading home via the Bahamas, Bermuda, and finally to Lunenburg in June 2021. Trainee applications are now being accepted from prospective crew, ages 18 and up of all nationalities. For more details visit www.picton-castle.com. Scholarships for two voyagers are available through the Captains Legacy Society.

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