2011 Summer Program Schedule

Here is a flier for Toronto Brigantine’s Summer Program.
Toronto Brigantine’s summer sail program has been a memorable life changing experience for 20,000 alumni over the almost 50 years since Toronto Brigantine was founded.  The trainees learn responsibility, teamwork, self-reliance and good citizenship while enjoying the adventure of tall ship sailing around the Great Lakes and Georgian Bay.  Let this be your summer experience this year.
Each summer, Toronto Brigantine’s sail schedule is slightly different, depending on what’s happening on the Great Lakes. This summer it is the Great Lakes United Tall Ships Challenge .  The Tall Ships Challenge theme is “the Race to Save the Lakes” and, in addition to promoting youth sail training, promotes a message of conservation and protection of the world’s largest source of fresh surface water.
This year, the summer youth sail training season starts Jun 27 through Sep 5.  We end the summer season with an alumni sail scheduled for Sep 11 through Sep 19 – or a student group sail that allows them to do this during the school week –  to get the vessels back “home” to Toronto from Goderich.
[As I was learning about the Summer Sail program, I realized how much I didn’t know about the geography of the Great Lakes. But then Peter Wills, a Toronto Brigantine Alumni and long time volunteer and current board member, made this nifty little map application that plots our summer sail programs on Google Maps. You have to check it out on the Summer Sail Schedule at our official website.]

This year, the Summer Sail Program covers all the Great Lakes except Lake Superior and starts from Toronto after school lets out  – Jun 27 and will end in time for school start – Sep 5,  ending in Goderich.

Click on Link for the Official details and fees for the the Summer Sail Schedule. A summary of the schedule is below.

  • Course #1: Booking for group sail training events around Toronto Harbor before and during the Tall Ships Festival event in Toronto, Jun 27 to Jul 2nd – Joining the Redpath Toronto Waterfront Festival.
  • Course #2: Toronto to Bay City, Leg 1 of the Tall Ship Challenge 2010, Jul 5 to Jul 16 – Joining the Tall Ship Celebration in Bay City.
  • Course #3: Bay City to Parry Sound through North Channel and Georgian Bay, Jul 17 to Jul 29
  • Course #4: Parry Sound to Owen Sound through southern Georgian Bay and Bruce Peninsula, Jul 31 to Aug 7
  • Course #5: Owen Sound to Tobermory through The North Channel, Aug 8 to Aug 15
  • Course #6: Tobermory to Chicago, rejoining the Tall Ship Challenge Fleet, Aug 16 to Aug 25 –  Joining Tall Ships Chicago 2010 at  Navy Pier.
  • Course #7: Chicago to Goderich, Aug 29 to Sep 5
  • Course #8: Goderich to Toronto, with a stop in Erie PA for their Tall Ship Erie 2010 Fest (Sept 9 through 11), then back up to Port Colborne to pick up some school kids who will be sailing Sep 14 -16), and then the vessels are due back to Toronto by Sep 17 or 18th.  Its an alumni sail.

[Click here for a bunch of pictures from the different ports of calls from previous seasons. The pictures give a great idea of what adventures await the trainees this summer.]

Before and After the summer courses (the Shoulder Season), the vessels are also available for group bookings for afternoon, overnight, weekend or weekend sail training programs for groups of all ages, priority given to youth groups and programming.   You may be interested in organizing a Group Sail during the Toronto Waterfront Festival.  Check out the flier here:  TBI Toronto Waterfront Festival flier

To sign up for any of the Summer Sail Program – or a shoulder season activity – contact the office

Sign up today before all the spots are gone.  Happy sailing.


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