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    Quote Originally Posted by psycobabe007;2421944;
    So, one question. Are these guys trained sailors or are they simply people that have been given a crash course in pre-modern sailing?
    I would think that the insurance companies would have a field day with this, lol!
    There are only two, one man and one woman, who seem to know ANYTHING serious about sailing....from the bios...and only two others who have probably spent any time on the water...a woman scuba diver and a male surfer...and might have picked up some tricks.

    What are the odds that most of the rest will be hanging over the rails barfing most of the first show? That boat is not the Queen Mary. Are they wearing sea sickness patches under their pirate clothes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harvest;2422218;
    I don't like to see people getting on these shows through special favors. And I never liked Pavarti and don't expect to like her friend either. Were they "dating" someone connected with the show or something? Yuck!
    i agree ... and how about the guy that had the extra role on the newest 'pirates' movie? figures they'd pick their people from wannabe actors again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ButterflyFaery;2415709;
    well I HAD planned on watching this one til I went on my Boycott of the network that is showing it because of them cancelling Jericho...lol

    Shoot at least you can boycott your network for canceling a show you like. I love Veronica mars (and purchased Every episode from Amazon.com unbox) because they put it against other shows that were not for sale that I like to watch.

    Only problem it is on the CW which I can not boycott because I don't watch ANY other show on that channel to boycott.

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    Quote Originally Posted by psycobabe007;2421944;
    So, one question. Are these guys trained sailors or are they simply people that have been given a crash course in pre-modern sailing?
    I would think that the insurance companies would have a field day with this, lol!
    This is why I was looking for the host interview post. To quote it and respond to it. He mentioned the contestants would be “running the ship”. HA! I highly doubt that. At least not navigating it, anyway. Take it from someone whose career is working on the water (I’m actually a marine navigator myself). I’m quite certain there will be a trained and CERTIFIED crew behind the scenes “running the ship”. One needs certification to navigate a vessel that size. And they need sea time to get the certification. It’s a lengthy process. At least 2 to 3 years to become a Mate, and 3 to 4 to become a Master.

    Should still be a good show, however. ......I’m hoping.

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    From the previews, I understand that the pirate ship has a captain and first mate, and the contestants are crew. That would satisfy any requirements.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John;2422656;
    I understand that the pirate ship has a captain and first mate, and the contestants are crew.
    Is there a cabin boy?
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    I have an article in which the actual crew of The Picton Castle speaks of their experience as they crewed the ship while in production of this show...pretty interesting read which reminds me that in no way could these 17 reality show contestants actually handle a ship of this size. (especially as people get voted off).
    Last edited by MissThing; 05-29-2007 at 01:16 PM.

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    Is this the one, Bonbonlover?


    Crew Journals » Blog Archive » The Picton Castle’s Very Own Pirate’s Passage Through the Caribbean: Barque Picton Castle

    The crew of the Picton Castle have been sitting on a big secret the past few months, but now the secret is out and we are very excited to acknowledge we’ve been a part of it.

    The winter months have been filled with island paradises and remarkable sailing experiences and our trainees have learned the ropes surrounded by postcard-perfect white sand beaches and volcanic islands that dot the lagoon-blue Caribbean waters of the West Indies. The warm sun, clean sailing breezes, and quiet, relaxed lifestyle of the islands has rubbed off on the crew. The delightfully hot days and sweaty nights quickly thawed our bones and sail commands and shipboard terms such as galleys and ladders quickly erased the words for the kitchens and stairs in our homes. After I rejoined the ship in early February, we painted her 179-foot-long hull and her clean clipper-bow an imposing shade of black while at anchor in Bequia and in Martinique. Instantly she looked longer and faster and all who witnessed her transformation remarked on how much she looked like the pirate ship of childhood fantasy. Strangers motored out to the ship in the small boats, which is not uncommon, but this time the energy was different and the crew felt it too. I still get tingles when I have the opportunity to see her from the water or shoreline. Sailors are notorious for holding fast to tradition, but this change is an exciting one.

    In March we were joined in the Commonwealth of Dominica by CBS’s best-of-the-best for the creation of an exciting new reality-adventure show called Pirate Master, featuring 16 of America’s most persuasive Pirate wannabes. We had the opportunity to experience a little bit of Hollywood’s magic and our naturally pretty little barque was given a little “make-up.” We had our superstructure, chart house and galley house painted with such skill that the decks of our 1928 steel ship were transformed to the wooden deck structures of a pirate ship from 200 years ago. And I never knew there were so many options for decorating with canvas!

    We had a rather monstrous figurehead mounted on our bow which our crew watched with morbid curiosity when we took the ship for a sail in any sort of wind or swell, and she stared ahead with her cold, dead eyes and clung tenaciously to the skull of someone we imagined could have conceivably crossed paths with a gang of pirates. The figurehead was seriously fierce and thrilling, but being the sailors we are, we couldn’t help but wonder whether the production’s art department could produce and then properly lash a truly seaworthy fiberglass figurehead to our ship’s bow. It held up beautifully.

    We also received a bit of a movie-makeover on our stern. The Aloha rail was built up to meet the quarter deck and the space was enclosed to just aft of the boat davits in the breezeways, eventually taking shape as a fairly elegant transom with pane-glass windows and beautifully detailed woodwork. What took weeks of hammering, drilling and painting to create took only 48 hours to take apart with crowbars and grinders.

    The Pirates lived, worked and sailed aboard our fine barque and they very much became a part of our ship, performing the heavy, dirty, and challenging tasks that a ship requires from her crew daily. Most importantly, they learned to sail our ship alongside her more experienced crew; a fine job they did of it, too. After many weeks aboard our vessel the Pirate crew could virtually hold their own in most sail handling maneuvers. Captain Moreland and our crew worked very hard to teach them all of the skills that we know, but if we did our jobs well, you will not see our crew in the weekly episodes.

    It was a tremendous learning experience for our ship’s crew—and also for the seasoned professionals at CBS, who have never before taken on such a large-scale marine-based project! We were graced with the presence of hundreds of men and women who rotate through CBS’s highest-rated programs such as Survivor, The Amazing Race, The Contender, The Apprentice, and so on! On every level from sound, lighting and camera operators to segment producers and the big-time executives, they were eager to learn about and share our world (which revealed itself to be outside the comfort zone of many, but they are an adventurous lot who were up to the challenge) and were patient in helping our crew to become accustomed to the significantly more fast-paced and intense world of TV production. It goes without saying we had a soft spot for the men and women in the Marine department who accompanied our ship everywhere with their ridiculously over-powered boats. We were lucky enough to work closely with one boat operator in particular named Dan, whose home is in Halifax, NS! He was a good friend to our crew and kept us supplied with local news and Trailer Park Boys episodes throughout the production.

    It is incredibly exciting for the Picton Castle crew to be part of something that is going to be shared with a literally global audience, a glimpse of our very real lives aboard this very beautiful training tall ship. I won’t hold my breath for a cameo of myself, but for all of our proud parents and easily excitable family and friends, press your nose close to the TV and you just might recognize those rough hands trapped in a close-up frame or perhaps a familiar silhouette against the sun-drenched sail canvas.

    It was a great deal of fun for us to participate in this production, but after several months in one location (initially a struggle for our crew, who are accustomed to short visits in port and longer passages at sea) it was time to say goodbye to the very good friends that we had made in Dominica (Mr. Rudolf who took us everywhere!) and head back to sea (well, we took Frederick with us)! We’ve since revisited Martinique (and Martine, the tattoo artist) and the crew’s all-time favourite Caribbean island, Jost Van Dyke, and are presently making our final passage of the winter training season, bound for Charleston, South Carolina, the first stop on the Picton Castle summer trip, the 2007 ASTA East Coast Tall Ship Challenge!

    These sailors are very tired but contented and after months in the Caribbean, we are again faced with the necessity to assimilate ourselves back into the fast-paced Western society from whence most of us came. Nine more days and we’ll be in the USA! Pirate Master airs on CBS at 8:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time on Thursday, May 31. Watch it in your home and then come see us in person!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MissThing;2423327;
    Is this the one, Bonbonlover?


    Yep that is it!!!

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    Thank you so much for reposting that article -- it was very cool!

    It really conveyed the "romance of the high seas."

    Quote Originally Posted by MissThing;2423327;
    are presently making our final passage of the winter training season, bound for Charleston, South Carolina, the first stop on the Picton Castle summer trip, the 2007 ASTA East Coast Tall Ship Challenge!
    I Googled their ship. They were just in Charleston. I can only dream.
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