Sunday, April 30, 2017

A To Z Challenge 2017–V is for Tall Ship Vahine

SY Vahine, Nautors Swan 65, is planned by Sparkman & Stevens and is called the most legendary Nautors Swan construction. The legend was created when Sauyula II, won the Whitbread 'around the world' race. The following year 4 Nautors Swan 65 boats were among the five fastest in the race. She is still a very fast boat especially in hard weather, in calmer weather Vahine is too heavy to be among the fastest boats
Vahine (Tahitian for woman) sails with 9 trainees, one mentor and 2 staff. The trainees will sleep in 5 cabins.
Class: C
Nationality: Finland
Length: 19.68 m
Height: 24.28 m
Rig: Bm Ketch
Year built: 1972
Home port: Helsinki
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Saturday, April 29, 2017

A To Z Challenge 2017–U is for Tall Ship USCGC Eagle

USCGC Eagle is the sixth U.S. Coast Guard cutter to bear the name in a proud line dating back to 1792. The ship was built in 1936 by the Blohm and Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, and commissioned as Horst Wessel. (Five identical sister ships were also built.)
Originally operated by Nazi Germany to train cadets for the German Navy, the ship was taken by the United States as a war prize after World War II. In 1946, a U.S. Coast Guard crew - aided by the German crew still on board - sailed the tall ship from Bremerhaven to its new homeport in New London, Connecticut. Eagle returned to Bremerhaven for the first time since World War II in the summer of 2005, to an enthusiastic welcome.
Built during the twilight era of sail, the design and construction of Eagle embody centuries of development in the shipbuilder's art. The hull is steel four-tenths of an inch thick. There are two full-length steel decks with a platform deck below. The raised forecastle and quarterdeck are made of three-inch thick teak over steel, as are the weather decks.
Eagle offers future officers the opportunity to put into practice the navigation, engineering, and other professional theory they have previously learned in the classroom. Upper class trainees exercise leadership and service duties normally handled by junior officers, while underclass trainees fill crew positions of a junior enlisted person, such as helm watches at the huge wooden wheels used to steer the vessel. Everyone who trains on Eagle experiences a character building experience.
On the decks and in the rigging of Eagle, young men and women get a taste of salt air and life at sea and they are tested and challenged, often to the limits of endurance. Working aloft, they meet fear and learn to overcome it. The experience builds character and helps future officers develop skills of leadership and teamwork that prove valuable assets throughout their careers.
Class: Military boat
Length: 89.70m
Rig: Barque 3
Year built: 1936
Home Port: New London, Connecticut (United States)

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Friday, April 28, 2017

A To Z Challenge 2017–T is for Tall Ship TS Playfair

TToronto Brigantine Inc. operates two brigantines, the sail-training vessels Pathfinder and Playfair. They were both designed and built as sail training vessels for TBI by Francis A. McLachlan in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Playfair was built for Toronto Brigantine Inc. as a sail training vessel. She was commissioned by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1973, and remains the only Canadian ship to be commissioned by a reigning monarch.

ts-playfair-photo-non-officielClass: A
Nationality: Canada
Length: 18.23 m
Rig: Brigantine
Year built: 1973
Home port: Toronto

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

A to Z April Challenge 2017–S is for Tall Ship St. Lawrence II



St. Lawrence II” was designed in 1952 by Francis MacLachlan and Mike Eames expressly for youth sail training. Gord Workman and Grant MacLachlan were also key figures in the development and initial fund raising of what is today the longest running youth sail training organization in the world.

The hull was built at Kingston Shipyards in 1953 and she was finished by local craftsmen, the Kingston Sea Cadets, and enthusiastic amateurs, many donating their time. Originally attached to the “Royal Canadian Sea Cadets Corps St. Lawrence”, her program was soon opened to other youth groups and now any teen, 13 to 18 years of age, can apply to join her crew for a summer training

In almost half a century afloat, the “St. Lawrence II” has shown her flag from Lake Huron to the north-east Atlantic seaboard, proudly representing Kingston and Canada in a number of exciting Tall Ship gatherings and special maritime events.

Brigantine Inc. is committed to developing character through the adventure af tall ship sailing, and nurturing a sense of responsibility in all youths who serve on the decks of the “St. Lawrence II”.

Class: A

Nationality: Canada

Length: 18.18 m

Height: 16.46 m

Rig: Brigantine

Year built: 1953

Home port: Kingston, Ontario


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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A To Z Challenge 2017–R is for Tall Ship Roter Sand



The Roter Sand is a sailing ship designed for teaching. Since the very beginning, it has been used to train sailors of all ages. Even its construction, from 1995 to 1999, was an opportunity for students specializing in carpentry, welding, engineering, architecture and mechanics to pool their talents, under the supervision of authorities at the Aucoop shipyard in Bremen-Vegesak, Germany. It was then used as a teaching and research vessel in the North Sea and the Wadden Sea, and later for leadership training on the Elbe.


A non-profit organization, EcoMaris, brought the Roter Sand to Québec on 6 July 2012, as the first environmentally-oriented training ship in Québec. The goal of the Roter Sand is to give Canadians renewed access to the St Lawrence, restore the bonds between individuals and the environment and help rebuild Québec’s maritime culture. Hundreds of budding sailors of all ages will explore the environment of the St Lawrence as they learn to navigate its challenging waters!

Class: B

Nationality: Canada

Length: 19.90 m

Rig: Gaff Ketch

Year built: 1999

Home port: Rimouski


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Monday, April 24, 2017

A To A Challenge 2017 – Nautical Terms Beginning with Q


  • Queen's (King's) Regulations – The standing orders governing the Royal Navy of UK issued in the name of the current Monarch.
  • Quarterdeck – The aftermost deck of a warship. In the age of sail, the quarterdeck was the preserve of the ship's officers.
  • Quayside – Refers to the dock or platform used to fasten a vessel to.


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    Sunday, April 23, 2017

    A To Z Challenge 2017–P is for Tall Ship Picton Castle



    Picton Castle was one of five similar trawlers built by Cochrane’s in Selby, all named after British castles. (The actual Picton Castle in Wales is still standing). The other ‘castle’ ships have all been taken out of service.

    Picton Castle went through World War II as a mine sweeper in the British Royal Navy. In 1955, she was sold to Norwegian owners and overhauled to be powered by a diesel engine and other auxiliary engines. Under the name Dolmar, she freighted up and down the Norwegian coast for years, going as far as Russia and Portugal. She was taken out of service in the late 1980’s when railroads made her uneconomical.








    The captain, Dan Moreland, bought her in 1993 in Vedevegan, Norway, had her checked out, repainted and readied for the transatlantic trip and with a small crew, motored her across the Atlantic in April 1994. For two years she was docked at South Street Seaport in New York, as the Windward Isles Sailing Ship Company was formed and funds were invested to transform this ship into a beautiful square-rigger.

    During 1996 to 1997, she was brought to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, home of the traditional fishing schooner fleet off the Grand Banks. There she was completely overhauled and refitted as a sailing vessel, and once again named Picton Castle. Her inaugural global voyage as a sailing vessel began on 25 November 1997 in Lunenburg and ended at the same port in June 1999. She carries 12 to 16 professional crew and 26 to 30 paying amateur crew.

    Class: A

    Nationality: Cook Islands

    Length: 45.23 m

    Height: 27.28 m

    Rig: Barque 3

    Year built: 1928

    Home port: Lunenburg, Canada


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    Saturday, April 22, 2017

    A To Z Challenge 2017 – O is for Tall Ship Oosterschelde



    Oosterschelde was built in the Netherlands in 1918 at the order of the Rotterdam shipping company HAAS and is the last remaining representative of the large fleet of schooners that sailed under the Dutch flag at the beginning of the 20th century. Her name is derived from the eastern part of the Schelde river that flows from France through Belgium and the Netherlands to the sea and Oosterschelde is the largest restored Dutch sailing ship, which is a monument for Dutch shipbuilding and maritime navigation under sail.

    As a freighter Oosterschelde carried some hundred tons of cargo including bricks, herring and bananas. In 1921, the ship was sold, changing hands three times and converted to a motor-sailer before being bought in 1988 and restored to her former glory.

    oosterschelde-pays-basThe Rotterdam Sailing Ship Foundation was instituted to support restoration through fund raising and began work in 1990. The ship was officially launched in 1992 by Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet.

    In 2000, Oosterschelde raced from Boston to Amsterdam in the Tall Ships 2000 race.

    Class: A

    Nationality: Netherlands

    Length: 40.12 m

    Height: 31.09 m

    Rig: Topsail Schooner 3

    Year built: 1918

    Home port: Rotterdam

    Rendez – Vous 2017


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    Friday, April 21, 2017

    A To Z Challenge 2017– N is for Niagra-On-The-Lake

    Tall Ships Regatta

    From Monday, July 3rd 2017 11:00 AM to Tuesday, July 4th 2017 5:00 PMRendez-Vous 2017  Tall Ships Regatta visits NOTL at Riverbeach Road dock area.
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    Thursday, April 20, 2017

    A To Z Challenge 2017–M is for Tall Ship Mist of Avalon



    The ship began her life in 1967 as the Motor Vessel “Liverpool Bay”. She was built by the strong native timber and the skilled hands of the shipwrights of MacLean Shipbuilding, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada. Her Captain and crew worked the Banks off Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, fishing for thecod that were her reason for being. After twenty years working in the harsh environment of the North Atlantic, with fish stocks declining and her machinery and equipment well past their prime, in 1987 this once proud vessel was left abandoned at a Halifax pier. Another five years of neglect added to her decline, but under the layers of paint and algae, behind the rotting timber and planks, was a gracious schooner hull waiting to return to sea.


    In December 1992 began the ship’s new life as “Mist of Avalon”, named for the mystic Celtic island of re-birth. The Ship was purchased, hauled out, hull scraped and anti fouled.In July 1993, she was ready to leave Nova Scotia for her new home port at Holidays Afloat Marina in Ivy Lea, Ontario, Canada. Here, work continued on the conversion from motor vessel to a fully rigged sailing vessel in the tradition of the late 19th century Grand Banks schooners.

    Class: B

    Nationality: Canada

    Length: 22.08 m

    Rig: Gaff Schooner 2

    Year of built: 1967

    Home port: Ivy Lea, Ontario


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    Wednesday, April 19, 2017

    A To Z Challenge 2017–L is for Tall Ship Lord Nelson



    Owned by the Jubilee Sailing Trust, LORD NELSON, named after the famous British Admiral is the first of their two vessels, both of which are the only tall ships in the world that have been purpose designed and built to enable able-bodied and physically disabled people to sail side by side and share the adventure and experience of tall ship sailing as equals.

    The Trust commissioned Colin Mudie to design their first sailing ship in which physically disabled people comprised half the crew. Requirements included wheelchair access throughout the ship, light hauling loads on the ropes and better than usual protection against the cold and wet.



    The three masted square-rigged, LORD NELSON was the result. Her many special facilities enable disabled crewmembers to take an active part in the running of the ship. These facilities include wide decks for wheelchair users, a speaking compass to enable blind people to helm the ship, power assisted hydraulic steering for those with limited strength and much more. Overall, LORD NELSON has been designed to the needs of most disabilities and is capable of sailing in any sea around the world.

    The Jubilee Sailing Trust has been in operation for over three decades and in that time has taken over 30,000 people to sea including 12,000 people with physical disabilities and 5,000 wheelchair users.

    Lord Nelson along with the JST’s other ship TENACIOUS are regular participants in the Tall Ships Races.

    Class: A

    Nationality: United Kingdom

    Length: 40.20 m

    Height: 33.60 m

    Rig: Barque 3

    Year built: 1985

    Home port: Southampton, United Kingdom


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    Tuesday, April 18, 2017

    A To Z April Challenge 2017 – K is for Knot




    Knot - 1. a unit of wind or sailing speed, one knot=6,076 feet per hour, one nautical mile per hour. 10 knots is equivalent to 11.5 mph and 18 kilometers per hour (kph). (Note: The expression "knots per hour" is incorrect since that would be redundant and describe acceleration not speed; knots per hour per hour.)  

    2. In general, all complications tied in cordage where one line or part of a line passes over or around and/or through another, except accidental ones, such as tangles, snarls and kinks, and complications adapted to storage, such as coils, hanks, skeins, balls, etc. In a narrower sense, knots do not include bends, hitches, splices, and sinnetts. In the narrowest sense, only knobs, intended to stop fraying or unreeving of a line or add a handhold, are knots. 

    • Bowline. The bowline almost defines sailing because of its versatility, usefulness, and strength. ...
    • Round Turn and Two Half Hitches. ...
    • Cleat Hitch. this knot has one and only purpose but that is a mighty one; Securing a line to a cleat. ...
    • Rolling Hitch
    • Sheet Bend
    • Square Knot
    • Figure Eight
    • Trucker's Hitch


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    Sunday, April 16, 2017

    A To Z Challenge 2017 – J is for Tall Ship Jolie Brise

    JJolie Brise is the truly world famous, 24 metre, Gaff Rigged Pilot Cutter.  Built in 1913, some of her many claims to fame include: three times overall winner of the Fastnet Race; daring rescue of the crew of the Adriana in the 1932 Newport-Bermuda race; was the last sailing vessel to carry the Royal Mail under sail; overall winner of Tall Ships Races 1980; overall winner of Tall Ships 2000 Transatlantic Race programme; overall winner Tall Ships Races 2008; overall winner Tall Ships Races 2011, 2015 and 2016.  She has been operated, maintained and owned by Dauntsey's School since 1977.

    Over the last 49 years, with Dauntsey's students she has sailed 200 miles inside the Arctic Circle; has travelled as far East as St Petersburg in Russia; as far South as Western Sahara and as far West as South Carolina, and has covered in excess of 175,000 nautical miles.

    Going Transatlantic

    In 2017,  Jolie Brise will be taking part in the International Rendez-vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta – a 7,000 nautical mile transatlantic race visiting Portugal, Bermuda, America, Canada and France.
    Rendez-vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta is a maritime celebration that offers all participants a unique chance to embark on this great adventure, whilst commemorating the rich history of sailing in Canada and around the world. This epic event marks the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation through its founders and founding provinces.

    Class: B
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Length: 17.10 m
    Height: 20.28 m
    Rig: Gaff Cutter
    Year built: 1913
    Home port: Hamble

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    Friday, April 14, 2017

    A To Z Challenge 2017–I is for Iles-de-la-Madeleine


    Magdalen Islands is one of two municipalities forming the urban agglomeration of Magdalen Islands in Quebec, Canada. It is part of the Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine region and the population is 12,291 as of the Canada 2011 Census.

    As part of a municipal reorganization across Quebec, the seven communities of the Magdalen Islands amalgamated to form the municipality of Magdalen Islands on January 1, 2002. 

    Grindstone (Cap-aux-Meules)

    Located on Grindstone Island (Île du Cap aux Meules in French), Grindstone was settled as early as the 19th century. Before the 2002 amalgamation, it was the Magdalen Islands' smallest community in land area, but because of its location at the centre of the archipelago, it has become the most important business centre of the islands and, as such, was named "Capital of the Islands." The ferry servicing Cap-aux-Meules to Souris, Prince Edward Island constitutes the archipelago's only port of entry by sea.

    The name of the community is associated to the grindstone quarry located on the island. Its population as of 2006, was 1,685.


    Also located on Grindstone Island, Fatima was settled between 1820 and 1845. It is named after Fátima in Portugal, a pilgrimage site highly visited after three young shepherds claimed the Holy Virgin appeared to them. Its population, as of 2006, was 2,809.


    Separated from the rest of Magdalen Islands by the municipality of Grosse-Île, Grande-Entrée is located on Grand Entry Island, named after the two headlands facing each other and creating a bay safe for boats and ships to harbour. Scots settled on the island at the end of the 18th century.

    House Harbour


    The first settlers came to Havre-aux-Maisons, located on House Harbour Island (Île du Havre aux Maisons in French), in 1765 from Acadia. The island was first known as Allright Island, then Alwright, and then Saunders, after sir Charles Saunders, a British admiral who accompanied General James Wolfe to Quebec City in 1759. The harbour between Grindstone and House Harbour islands was already known in 1756 as Harbour Maison. Since nobody lived on the island before 1765, the singular form for Maison could be attributed to the ruins of a habitation built by early Basque visitors and found by French explorers in 1663. Its population, as of 2006, was 2,078.

    Îles-de-la-Madeleine Airport, Magdalen Islands' only port of entry by air, is located at Havre-aux-Maisons.

    The hamlet of Dune-du-Sud, northeast of Havre-aux-Maisons, is a Hydro-Québec experimentation site to assess power lines' resistance to high winds. In 1993, it built a vertical-axis windmill, but the project did not go further past the experimental level. The windmill is now purely decorative.


    L'Étang-du-Nord is composed of several hamlets running along the eastern coast of Grindstone Island, a few kilometres away from Cap-aux-Meules. Main fishing centre of the archipelago, the coast was settled around 1830. The community hosts a campus of Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles, the Magdalen Islands' only post-secondary institution. Population as of 2006, 3,126.



    Amherst is composed of three distinct hamlets, Havre-Aubert and Bassin (both on Amherst Island, Île du Havre Aubert in French) and L'Île-d'Entrée, on Entry Island (Île d'Entrée in French). Population as of 2006, 2,238.

    Amherst Island's first settlers arrived in 1762 from Acadia, Prince Edward Island and the Chaleur Bay. A municipality, Havre-Aubert, was constituted in 1875 and changed its name to Bassin in 1959. Another municipality, Havre-Aubert-Est, was constituted in 1951 and changed its name to Havre-Aubert in 1964. Both amalgamated in 1971 and took the name of L'Île-du-Havre-Aubert. The island is a member of the Most Beautiful Villages of Quebec.

    Historians do not agree on where the name "Havre-Aubert" is originating. Some suggested the name of an obscure friend of Jacques Cartier, while others brought up Thomas Aubert, a sailor from Dieppe and one of the Americas' first explorers, or François Aubert de La Chesnaye, who would have supported the colonization efforts of New France, as likely explications. Some have mentioned a family of sailors named "Auber" and other hypotheses include French explorer Jean-François Roberval, who would have stayed on the island in 1542, to name it "Havre au Ber," "ber" meaning in this case "berceau" (cradle in English, while "havre" is French for harbour). Roberval's child was still a baby at the time. However "ber" is also a marine term designating the wood structure on which a boat lies during construction or reparation. Meanwhile, an anonymous British map of the area in 1756 named it Harbour Ober and the post office, opened in 1899, bore the name "Amherst Island" until 1907.

    In 2000, a new municipality named L'Île-du-Havre-Aubert was constituted following the amalgamation of L'Île-du-Havre-Aubert and the village of L'Île-d'Entrée. Entry Island is the only inhabited island part of the Magdalen Islands unconnected to the rest of the archipelago by land. It is located five kilometres east of Amherst Island and it is one of the three English-speaking centres of the archipelago. It saw its first inhabitants in the early 19th century: Scottish people from Grosse-Île and Nova Scotia settlers .

    Entry Island owes its name to the fact that it is located at the southeast entrance of the archipelago. A ferry service exists between Entry Island and the village of Grindstone.


    Rendez-Vous 2017 will be in this port July 7, 2017 – July 9, 2017


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    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

    A To Z Challenge 2017–H is for Havre-Saint-Pierre


    HHavre-Saint-Pierre is a town situated on Pointe-aux-Esquimaux, which is on the Quebec north shore (Côte-Nord) of the Saint Lawrence River in Canada. Located along Route 138 some 200 kilometres (120 mi) east of Sept-Îles, it is the largest town and seat of the Minganie RCM, and home to many government, municipal, and regional services.

    Historically, the town's first inhabitants came from the Magdalen Islands in the nineteenth century. As a result, the people of the town speak a dialect much more closely related to Acadian French than to Quebec French.

    Other important geological features near the town include the Romaine River to the north and west, les Chutes Manitou, on the Manitou River to the west, l'Ile du Havre, less than a kilometre offshore from the town, and Anticosti Island, which on clear days can be seen to the south of the town.

    In 1857, a group of Acadian families from the Magdalen Islands, who had previously been deported from Savannah (Georgia, USA), settled on Eskimo Point (Pointe aux Esquimaux). The first mass was held on June 29, 1857, day of the feast of Saint Peter. In 1872, the Parish of Saint-Pierre-de-la-Pointe-aux-Esquimaux was officially established, the same year its post office opened under the name Esquimaux Point.

    In 1873, the place was incorporated as a municipality. In 1924, the post office changed its name to Havre-Saint-Pierre, followed by the town in 1927, in order to focus on the harbor, which characterizes the area, while retaining the original parish name. It remained the largest town on the North Shore until 1936 when it was overtaken by Baie-Comeau.

    Havre-Saint-Pierre will be the host city for Rendez-Vous 2017 from July 7, 2017 to July 9, 2017


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    Sunday, April 9, 2017

    A To Z Challenge 2017–G is for Tall Ship Golden Leeuw


    The Gulden Leeuw is a big, sturdy sailing ship reminiscent of the 30’s and with the deck layout of a classic yacht.

    This ship was built in 1937 on behalf of the Danish Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. The DANA was designed and built as an ocean-going ice class ship. During her period of service for the Danish government, she was frequently used for marine biological research, not only in Danish waters but also in international ones. The ship has a rich history. She sailed as a researcher, supplier and even as a training ship for a Danish nautical college.



    In the past two years the ship has been converted into a three-masted topsail schooner, so the foremast is also yard-rigged. This very versatile rigging combines the advantages of a square-sailed ship and a fore-and-aft rigged ship.

    The ‘Gulden Leeuw’ offers space for up to 200 passengers on day sails and for 56 trainees on longer voyages. We are passionate about sail training and are eager to ‘show you the ropes’. On board our ship we appreciate team spirit.

    The ship has a luxurious flair and is therefore also very suitable for corporate hospitality, seminars and daytrips.

    Class: A

    Nationality: Netherlands

    Length: 68 m

    Height: 39.33 m

    Rig: Gaff Schooner 3

    Year built: 1937

    Home port: Kampen, Netherlands


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    Friday, April 7, 2017

    A To Z Challenge 2017–F is for Tall Ship Fair Jeanne


    Tall Ship Fair Jeanne is a Canadian sail training ship built and registered in Ottawa, Ontario. She is operated by the Ottawa-based youth charity, Bytown Brigantine Inc. Fair Jeanne is a 110 ft traditionally-rigged brigantine of composite construction, outfitted with a Detroit Diesel auxiliary propulsion system. Fair Jeanne sails mostly on the Great Lakes, particularly Lake Ontario, and is berthed in Kingston, Ontario during the summer months.

    While Fair Jeanne's summer port is Kingston, she was built by the Fuller family in the backyard of their Ottawa home. Fair Jeanne began life as the family's private yacht, cruising the world’s oceans for more than 10 years. 

    Today, however, Fair Jeanne sails for a different cause and is leased to the not-for-profit youth charity Bytown Brigantine, which uses her and her sister ship STV Black Jack for youth sail training. In addition to summer youth voyages, Fair Jeanne also does fall and spring group trips for organizations such as the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets, Girl Guides of Canada and corporate groups. The Fair Jeanne also offers trips for people who are working towards The Duke of Edinburgh's Awards.

    The Fair Jeanne will sail in Rendez-Vous 2017 to celebrate the 150th Confederation of Canada.

    Class: A
    Nationality: Canada
    Length: 33.53 m
    Height: 24.39 m
    Rig: Birgantine
    Year built: 1982
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    Thursday, April 6, 2017

    A To Z Challenge – E is for Tall Ship Europa

    The Bark “EUROPA”, built in 1911, is a well known Tall Ship. Since 1994 she has taken part in Tall Ship Races all over the World: many times in Europe, but also in South Korea, Japan and the United States & Canada (East & West Coast, as well as the Great Lakes). EUROPA travels the oceans, visiting Antarctica from December till March and participating in The Tall Ships’ Races during the summer.

    She is a ship that really sails, with her full set of Studding Sails (which you will not find on every Tall Ship), she has covered many miles, thus giving her the nickname “Ocean Wanderer”.

    Although not the largest ship in the fleet, EUROPA is very much appreciated for the atmosphere on board as well as her looks. Everything about her gives the impression that our guests are on a true sailing ship from a forgotten era: the rope work on deck, the woodwork inside and outside, the pictures in the Deckhouse and of course the three traditionally rigged masts of which 2 are square rigged (being a Barque) and can hoist up to a maximum of 30 sails! The above photo was taken in the middle of the Pacific Ocean while on her way from San Diego to the Falkland Islands (rounding Cape Horn along the way!)
    Apart from making wonderful voyages, the EUROPA is often used for Corporate Hospitality.

    The options are wide: receptions, sponsoring of trainees and/or a combination of the two; advertisements, product introductions, wine tasting, daytrips – even weddings. She has once taken part in a movie and in 2006 the EUROPA took part for 14 days as a background for the opera “Der Fliegende Holländer” by Richard Wagner!

    For a reception on board the EUROPA the deck, deckhouse and wonderful library can accommodate up to a maximum of 120 guests. The deck can be covered with an awning in case of rain or too much sunshine. In the deckhouse a bar can be used. Catering (food and beverages) is mostly arranged from the shoreside. Captain and/or mate and other crew can attend the event to explain about the ship, its history, and the adventures EUROPA undertakes every year.

    Class: A
    Nationality: Netherlands
    Length: 44.50 m
    Height: 28.16 m
    Rig: Barque 3
    Year built: 1911
    Home port: The Hague, Netherlands
    The Europa will participate in Rendez-Vous 2017
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    Wednesday, April 5, 2017

    A To Z Challenge 2017–D is for Tall Ship Denis Sullivan


    The Sailing Vessel (S/V) Denis Sullivan is the world’s only re-creation of a 19th century three-masted Great Lakes schooner.

    The S/V Denis Sullivan was completed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2000 by professional shipwrights and nearly 1,000 volunteers. The schooner is a modern educational sailing vessel with two diesel engines, a scientific laboratory, two computer workstations, and modern communication and navigation equipment. She maintains single bunks in co-ed areas, shared toilets (heads) and showers, and limited storage. The vessel can carry up to 50 passengers on day sails and 21 participants overnight. She is complemented by a professional crew of ten.

    The S/V Denis Sullivan provides an array of genuine maritime experiences, from two-hour Lake Watches for families to multi-day educational sails for teens and adults. Water is the world’s most precious resource, and the S/V Denis Sullivan provides a unique platform from which to provide marine education, leadership training, and personal development to visitors of all ages. Explore this site or contact our Marine Department to find out how you can be part of this amazing experience.

    Class: B
    Nationality: USA
    Length: 40.00 m
    Rig: Topsail Schooner 3
    Year built: 2000
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    Tuesday, April 4, 2017

    A To Z Challenge 2017 - C is for Class C Vessels

    Class C

    Modern rigged vessels with a length of less than 40 m and with a waterline length. The length of the point at which the vessel sits in the water, at least 9.14 m. They are not carrying spinnaker like sails.

    Oriole was originally laid down as the Oriole IV, the successor in a line of vessels named Oriole that were in service as the flagships for the Royal Canadian Yacht Club of Toronto, Ontario. During World War II, she was chartered by the Royal Canadian Navy as a training vessel. In 1949 she was again chartered by the Navy as a new recruit training vessel, and subsequently moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1951. 

    She was officially commissioned HMCS Oriole 19 June 1952, and two years later the navy moved her to CFB Esquimalt to become a training vessel to the Naval Officer Training Centre.

    Class: D
    Nationality: Canada
    Length: 27.72 m
    Height: 20.66m
    Rig: BM Ketch
    Home Port: Esquimalt
    Year built: 1921

    The Oriole will be sailing in Rendez-Vous 2017

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    A To Z Challenge 2017 B is for Bluenose II

    BLUENOSE II is an international sailing ambassador and is home ported in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. The vessel’s main purpose is to promote tourism for Nova Scotia and make the ship available for short day cruises when in Nova Scotia. The mission is to promote the history and legacy of BLUENOSE & BLUENOSE II. To teach and promote seamanship and life skills in young Canadians.

    BLUENOSE II is a replica of the original BLUENOSE, which was built in 1921 in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Under Captain Angus Walters, she became famous as winner of the International Fishermen’s Series of schooner races from that date until the last race in 1938. BLUENOSE was featured on a Canadian postage stamp in 1928 and on the Canadian dime in 1937, where it can still be seen. The original BLUENOSE was lost in 1946 on a reef near Haiti.

    BLUENOSE II built in 1963 is owned by the Province of Nova Scotia.

    BLUENOSE II is operated and maintained by the Lunenburg Marine Museum Society, which also operates the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic.

    Class: A
    Nationality: Canada
    Length: 43.60 m
    Height: 40.24 m
    Rig: Shooner Gaff-Rig
    Year built: 1963

    Home port: Lunenburg, Canada

    Bluenose II will be sailing in Rendez-Vous 2017

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    Monday, April 3, 2017

    A To Z Challenge 2017 – A is for Tall Ship Alexander Von Humboldt II


    ALEXANDER von HUMBOLDT II has been sailing the high seas since 2011. Like its predecessor ALEXANDER von HUMBOLDT, ALEX-2 is a civilian square rigger offering tall ship voyages for everyone, regardless of previous experience. All you need is an open mind and a spirit of adventure!

    ALEXANDER von HUMBOLDT II has been built with a traditional barque rig. That means the fore and main mast carry square sails while the sternmost, the mizzen mast, carries gaff sails. In total, ALEX-2 is driven by 24 sails with a sail area of 1.360 m2. In favorable wind conditions, she runs up to 14 knots. And if the wind does not blow at all, a 750 horsepower engine helps to reach the next port in time.

    While the rigging resembles that of a windjammer built 150 years ago, the safety and rescue equipment of ALEXANDER von HUMBOLDT II is absolutely up to date. Radar, radio and satellite communication, electronic charts, life rafts, two high speed dinghys and many things more make her a modern ship and easy to navigate.

    Alex-2 is owned and operated by Deutsche Stiftung Sail Training (German Sail Training Foundation / DSST), based in the barque’s homeport Bremerhaven. DSST is a non-profit, charitable organization. Its aims are to provide traditional high seas sailing for people of all ages, but especially for young men and women aged 15-25.

    The Alexander von Humboldt II will be among the Tall Ships sailing in Rendez - Vous 2017

    Class: A
    Nationality: Germany
    Length: 57.00 m
    Height: 36.85 m
    Rig: Barque 3
    Year built: 1906
    Home port: Bremerhaven, Germany

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    A To Z Challenge 2017


    My theme for the 2017 A To Z Challenge is 'Cathedrals of the Seas' to celebrate RDV 2017 (Rendez-Vous 2017)


    More than 40 Tall Ships will be sailing Canadian waters to honour the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation in 2017. They are scheduled to stop at host ports in Ontario, Québec and the Maritimes, giving thousands of people the opportunity to admire the majestic beauty of these cathedrals of the seas.

    The jewel in the crown of the RDV 2017 Tall Ships Regatta is the arrival of the international fleet into Québec and Lévis up the St Lawrence River. As well as the tremendous Tall Ships, thousands of visitors from across Canada and internationally, will enjoy free land activities, colourful crew parades and street artist performances.   

    Let me take you traveling with me...

    A transatlantic race to six countries

    The Québec City and Lévis rallying point is one stop along a transatlantic race of 7,000 nautical miles taking place over the course of five months in 2017. The race starts at the port of Royal Greenwich in Great Britain on April 13 and finishes in the port of Le Havre, France, which will welcome the grand winner between August 31 and September 3. There will be stops in Portugal, Bermuda, the United States and Canada along the way.

    The Tall Ships Regatta comprises five legs of varying lengths and degrees of difficulty.For each leg, there is a main rallying point where thousands of visitors can take part in the many activities organized for the event.

    Event from April 13 to 16, 2017
    Royal Greenwich, United Kingdom
    Start of the race
    The borough of Royal Greenwich, with its proud seafaring history, is the ideal location for the start of the first leg of the RDV 2017 Tall Ships Regatta. This UNESCO world heritage site is home to the world-renowned ship Cutty Sark, the Royal Observatory and the National Maritime Museum.

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