Thanks for helping us Raise over $50,000 this Spring

We raised over $50,000 in cash and inkind donations this Spring!

Thanks to all our donors!

The next few years are going to be a lot of fun for Toronto Brigantine … its a huge milestone to celebrate … its our 50th anniversary of youth sail training. We have some big plans for the boats to get them back to great shape after almost ninety years of combined service with over 20,000 people sailing on the boats these past 50 years.

In our Spring Fundraising campaign, we raised over $50,000 in cash and in kind donations.  In addition to the cash that we raised, we also received gift in kind donations for paint from International Paint (value $3,000), for mooring lines from Canada Cordage (value $2,500), for environmentally friendly cleaning suppliers from Natural Marine (value $1,400) and an environmentally friendly non-skid but temporary deck coating from Liquid Rubber (value $1,500).

The work is never ending of course.  The Spring Fundraising campaign was the first phase of a 3 years-$500,000 fundraising plan.  Every donor and every amount helps, so if you missed the opportunity to contribute to this last campaign, you can always contribute now!


As we look back over our almost 50 years, it is amazing and gratifying to know that Toronto Brigantine (“TBI”) has touched the lives of over 20,000 young men and women, and it is great to recall all the lifelong memories that are brought to mind when meeting TBI alumni, no matter whether is is last year, twenty years ago or even 50 years later. The support of TBI Friends along the way is so important and is why Toronto Brigantine is the successful tall ship based youth sail training program today.

And we know that we can be even better.

  • The boats need significant upgrades as safety requirements continue to evolve.  The next biggest project coming up is the 4 year Transport Canada inspection for Pathfinder. While we take her into dry dock we will also schedule some significant refit work.
  •  About 25% of our “trainee seamen” participate through a bursary program, and we hope to be able to increase this number by building our bursary fund. We are always working on expanding our outreach so that even more young men and women particularly in introducing our programming to neighbourhoods that would not otherwise be exposed to the opportunity.

Toronto Brigantine’s owns and operates two tall ships out of  Toronto Harbour to deliver our youth sail training program with 200 new trainees  each summer and other youth and adult group programs during our shoulder seasons. The program is delivered primarily through volunteer youth officers that get their training and work on the boats during our Winter Program.

Our peer to peer training model is very unique and provides even additional life transforming experiences.   And the bursaries program that we have in place, allows us to provide free or subsidized sailing opportunities for youth that would really benefit from this type of program but might not be able to afford such an experience without financial assistance.  We still have bursary spots open this year, and looking to grow the program for next year with money’s raised through our fundraising efforts.

It takes a team to sail the tall ships.

Its a team of donors, suppliers, volunteers and alumni that help us create and promote life challenging experiences for young many and women age 13 to 18.

Thanks to Our Donors:  Toronto Brigantine’s revenue comes from fees for the summer program and through fundraising efforts from individual, corporate and foundation donors.  The 2011 Spring Fundraising Campaign  was the initial phase of our three year $500,000 fundraising objective.

Thanks to Our Suppliers: We are able to make the most of the funds contributed through partnership with suppliers in the marine industry to get great prices and in some cases, FREE materials.

Thanks to Our Volunteers Officers and Crew and their Parents: In addition, much of the program is delivered by youth volunteers under the leadership of our Captains. In total, 50 TBI Officers and TBI winter program participants contribute over 50,000 volunteer hours annually – and 10,000 last winter alone – maintaining the boats and upgrading their marine training skills for Transport Canada’s safety requirements.

Thanks to Our Alumni and Friends: Lastly, it is our alumni that live the legacy of the life transforming experience on the brigantines and become our greatest marketing too … sharing the experience with others that might benefit from a similar opportunity to sail with Toronto Brigantine.

In our fundraising efforts, every cash or gift in kind contribution big or small is important. Here are a few examples of funding needs (an excerpt from our overall TBI Wish List).

$10 pays for Life jacket Lights that are required by Transport Canada (and we need to update they regularly – at least 40 of these each year)

$800 pays for one boat passage fee through the Welland Canal (and both boats go through twice a season)

$1,200 pays for one youth to sail with us  (and we want 50 of these each year)

$1,250 pays for one life raft repack (we do three each year)

$1,500 pays for a new bowsprit for Playfair

$1,000 pays for a set of Station Pointers (we need two)

$2,500 pays for the deck renovations this season (patching areas until we are able to schedule the total Deck replacement next year total cost estimated at $50,000)

$25,000 pays for new engines for the boats (we will need new engines for both boats over the next few years)

$150,000 pays for the dry dock for the 4 year Transport Canada Inspection of Pathfinder and the additional refit work that we are going to do on her while she is out of the water.

…  among many other projects small and large including steel work on the hulls.


We look forward to the continued support of Toronto Brigantine’s youth sail training program from individuals, corporations and foundations.

For individual and corporate donations, tax receipts are provided.

Registered Canadian Charity 11926 5924 RR0001

Three easy ways to give:

1. Donate online at

2. Or call us at 416-596-7117

3. Or send a cheque to: Toronto Brigantine Inc, 413-215 Spadina Ave, Toronto ON M5T 2C7.

We are already building our waiting list for the 2012 Summer Program with spots available young men and women age 13 to 18 that are looking to to take their journey  to discover the treasure of new friends, exciting challenges and new skills,  aboard the brigantines.

Let me know how we can provide you with additional information about our program.


Karen Sinotte

Toronto Brigantine Inc, Board
Member and Chair of Fundraising Committee


We are looking for help to share our summer program with any teenagers that you think will benefit from the program and enjoy sailing around the Great Lakes this summer. Bursaries are available Bursaries are available for those that might not otherwise be able to afford such an adventure.

Here is a marketing video about our program that one of our youth officers put together.

Word of mouth is our greatest marketing tool!


There are loads of events upcoming up as we approach our 50th Anniversary and may create opportunities for old TBI friends to reconnect. Take Note of them here.

  • May/June and Sep/Oct – Group Charters Available and Open sails will be announced for new or experienced sailors of all ages (min. age 13)
  • Feb 25, 2012 – our next Annual Pirates Ball
  • Nov 10 2012 Big Bash to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Keel Laying for STV Pathfinder
  • June 21-24 2012 – The Redpath Toronto Waterfront Festival, Toronto Brigantine is the event’s official charity
  • 2013 Opsail in 2013 on the Great Lakes as part of the War of 1812 Centennial (TBI  went to the Opsail76 in New York).

Toronto Brigantine Inc
413-215 Spadina Ave, Toronto ON M5T 2C7

tel: 416-596-7117 e-mail : website:

Registered Canadian Charity 11926 5924


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