Toronto Brigantine Inc. is proud to announce the promotion of Sam Neale to full-time Captain and Colin Burt to part-time Captain. This spring both Captains are training their new crew for the summer season as well as project managing the maintenance projects on the ships Playfair and Pathfinder.
Captain Sam Neale has more than twelve years of maritime experience both in the program as a youth, and continued experience on the water throughout the years since he graduated the program. After spending six years with TBI, working his way up to the XO position, Sam spent another year sailing on the eastern seaboard before restricting his maritime activities to the summer for a few years while he completed a double honours degree in history of science and anthropology at Dalhousie University in Halifax. After graduating he went back to the water, spending a season in the Mediterranean and crossing the Atlantic aboard a mega yacht, before coming back to Toronto Brigantine, first as a part-time Captain and now full-time.
Captain Sam Neale
Captain Colin Burt started sailing with the St. Lawrence II of Brigantine Inc. as a trainee in 1999, and then continued through the program up to the rank of executive officer. Since then his time has been split between working for his family’s greenhouse business in Odessa and sailing. He has sailed a number of vessels of various rigs ranging from Small yachts up to the Bark Europa. This has taken Captain Burt to Antarctica, Europe, and several deep-sea passages. He also worked for a short time on tugboats and engaged in a wind farm construction project. During this time he’s also worked at acquiring his Master 150 ton certificate from Transport Canada exclusively from self-study. His first contact with TBI was during his later years with St. Lawrence II when he was volunteering on a few deliveries on Pathfinder, as well as one on Playfair. Having gone through the program of Pathfinder and Playfair’s sister ship, and it very much shaping the course his life, he held all three brigantines in great esteem and has always hoped to be in command of one of them.
Captain Colin Burt