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Toronto Brigantine Inc. Receives Generous Donation from Natural Marine

Natural Marine has again donated a seasons supply of Natural Marine Eco Boat Care products to the Brigs, valued at $1,000.

Bill Milne, presented this gift at Toronto Brigantine’s (TBI) Annual Pirate Ball on February 25, 2012 at the Steam Whistle Roundhouse. Bill Milne, a long time supporter of Toronto Brigantine’s youth sail training program, will be consulting  TBI’s crew to ensure that the products are used correctly. This will help keep Playfair and Pathfinder cleaner, safer and healthier for the almost 200 teenagers that will sail the Great Lakes and Georgian Bay this summer.

Natural Marine, a Canadian company in the marine business for over 40 years, has developed these Eco-rated products specifically for boating and are considered environmental pioneers. For more information about Natural Marine products, please visit or contact Bill Milne at

HELP Toronto Brigantine win $150,000 in the AVIVA Community Fund IDEA Contest. Give us your 15 votes between Oct 24 and Nov 9

HELP Toronto Brigantine win $150,000 in
the AVIVA Community Fund IDEA Contest.

Give us your 15 votes between Oct 24 and  Nov 9th.

Give us all your VOTES!

To all TBI Alumni, Friends and Supporters.

Please help Toronto Brigantine win $150,000 to upgrade Pathfinder this winter. Pathfinder is getting ready for her 4 year inspection and while we are in dry dock we want to do a bunch of work on her. She is approaching 50 years old if you can believe it.

Pathfinder, Northern Georgian Bay. Photo by David Bannister (used by permission of David Bannister).

Toronto Brigantine has a really good chance of winning the AVIVA Community Fund IDEA program – in Round 1 we got over 700 votes in just 5 days. For Round 2 we anticipate that we will need to get 400 votes a day for the voting period Oct 24 to Nov 9.

The teenagers that go through Toronto Brigantine’s tall ship based youth sail training program benefit from great life skills – and the impact of their experiences are remembered by alumni 50 years later! There have been 20,000 kids going through the program over the last 50 years.

Please help Toronto Brigantine by voting for our idea today and tomorrow! and give us all your 15 VOTES. Voting for Round 2 starts Oct 24 and ends Nov 9.

If we are in the top 10 ideas in our Category in Round 2, we get the chance to be bumped up to the semi finals. Otherwise, we will keep getting votes in Round 3!

Help us Spread the Word.

Please help us spread the word about our entry in the AVIVA Community Fund IDEA in four ways:

(1) If you are a “tweeter on Twitter” you can add our hash tag [#acf12378] to your tweets and ask your followers to vote for our idea

(2) share with your networks on Facebook and Linkedin and any other social media groups that you belong to.

(3) Vote often yourself.  15 times each Round. Round 2 is from Oct 24 to Nov 9. Round 3 is

(4) Help us find some AVIVA Brokers to support our idea! We welcome the brokers to come down and check out the boats now docked at the Bottom of Spadina and Queens Quay.

With the votes from yourself and your friends, Toronto Brigantine can win this competition and generate significant funds towards refitting the Pathfinder as she approaches her 50th Birthday.

The timelines for the Contest.

Oct 3 to Oct 19: Round 1 Voting

We finished in 91st place with 788 votes in only 5 days because we started late! And that tells us, with more time, we have a lot of great support to get enough votes in Round 2 to get our idea bumped up to the semi-finals in Round 2 – and we are targeting that we  will need about 5,000 votes or more – or 400 votes per day – depending on our competition in Round 2.

Oct 24 (Monday) to Nov 9 (Wednesday) Round 2 voting will begins

Everyone in Round 2 is given 15 votes to be used towards the voting, they can vote once per day per idea, so we hope that our supporters will use all their 15 votes on our IDEA.

At the end of Round 2 the top 10 from our funding category will again be skimmed off, and the remaining ideas will move onto Round 3

If we haven’t moved to the semi-finals after Round 2, we will still need approximately 400 votes per day to reach the top 10 by the end on
Round 3

Nov 14 (Monday) to Nov 30 (Wed) Round 3 voting will begins
Dec 1 (Thurs) to Dec 4 (Sunday): No voting.
At the end of Round 3 the top 10 from our funding category will advance and join the other 20 semi-finalists;
Between December 1 and December 4 the 30 semi-finalists in our funding category are required to “re-vamp” their submission (mandatory)

Dec 5  (Monday) to Dec 16  (Friday): Semi-Final voting begins
to determine the 10 finalists from our funding category (this entire process has been occurring simultaneously for each of the other funding categories)

Dec 20 to Jan 24: judging will take place to rank the 10 finalists;

Jan 25: the winners will be announced and hopefully we will be celebrating our success!

 We look forward to Fair Winds for 50 more years!

Vote today and give us all your Votes!

Toronto Brigantine Inc
413-215 Spadina Ave, Toronto ON M5T 2C7
tel: 416-596-7117 e-mail : website:
Registered Canadian Charity 11926 5924

8 More Donors Needed to Meet our Fundraising Campaign Target!

It only takes 10,000
volunteer hours from our Winter Program participants

and 8 MORE  donors like you to raise  $50,000 

… are you  in?

We just need eight more donors of $500 each to achieve our $50,000 campaign target!

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.

To that end, we  launched a fundraising campaign this Spring with a $50,000 target –  just 100 donors contributing $500 each this spring.
We just need 12 more donors to achieve our goals this Spring. This campaign is a first phase of a 3 years-$500,000 fundraising plan.  Every donor and every amount helps.

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 . 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.  One example of a new initiative this year is the Program that we are doing with the Toronto Public Library this summer.

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:  and we invite you to be among the 100 people to contribute $500 towards Toronto Brigantine’s $50,000 fundraising goal this Spring.  Our Spring fundraising campaign is the initial phase of our three year $500,000 fundraising objective to restore our ageing vessels as we
approach our 50th anniversary in 2012/2013. The funds raised also go towards our bursary fund for about 25% of the trainees who would not be able to participate without the financial assistance provided.

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 this 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 the items in our Spring 2011 boat
maintenance schedule (an excerpt from our overall TBI

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

$50 pays for an engine heat exchanger (and soon we are looking to replace the engine entirely)

$200 pays for a man overboard pole (DONE! Thanks to Upper Lakes gave us these this summer!)

$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 – Thanks to Marine Club has sponsored over 10 trainees this summer and many summers in the past!)
$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)

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

In addition to having already raised $42,000 so far, we have 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)

To meet our Spring Fundraising goal of $50,000, all we need is you and 12 MORE people to contribute $500 towards our $50,000. 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.

The boats are now about to start Course #4 of the Summer Program and by the end of the summer more 200 more young men and women age 13 to 18 will take their own journey  to discover the treasure of new friends, exciting challenges and new skills,  aboard the brigantines. Many of these sailing because of your financial support.

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!


If you are out this way this summer, there are loads of events upcoming up as we approach our 50th Anniversary and may create opportunities for old TBI friends to reconnect.

  • Oct 5, 2011: Donor Appreciation Sail (5:30 to 9pm )
  • Sep/Oct – 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
  • 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

Natural Marine donates $1,400 of Eco-Rated product to Toronto Brigantine (May 2011)

Bill Milne has been a long time supporter of Toronto Brigantine and we see him each year at the Yachtsman’s Spring Thaw Luncheon.

In May 2011, Bill Milne came down for a tour of the vessels – they are docked at the bottom of Spandina on Queen’s Quay in the winter and spring.  After his tour and assessment of our needs, Natural Marine has agreed to provide Toronto Brigantine with over $1,40 0 worth of Eco-Rated Nature Marine, Head-O-Matic and Battery Equalizer materials.  Details of the products that we will be using this season are provided here.

TBI Natural Marine donations

With over 200 teenagers sailing on the Summer Program this summer, a clean and clean smelling boat will be much appreciated!

And we are environmentally friendly too.

For more information about any of the Natural Marine products that Toronto Brigantine is using this summer, please visit

The first program of trainees have set sail this week one their way to Port Dover. There are still berths and bursaries available for other sessions this summer. For more inforamtion about Toronto Brigantine, our tall ship based youth sail training program, please visit


Thanks to TBI Friend, Mr Tim Henrich, Master Jeweller

Thanks to TBI Friend, Mr Tim Henrich, Master Jeweller and owner of Henrich Jewellers in Owen Sound

Mr Tim Henrich, the Master Jeweller, has been a friend and supportor of Toronto Brigantine since 1995. Since then he has been engraving the Seamanship Award Knife. Captain Seann ODonoughue, the sponsor for the Seamanship Award, first met Mr Henrich when Seann purchased his wife’s wedding ring from Mr Henrich.

Toronto Brigantine has been able to capitalize on Mr Henrich’s experience in other ways. In 2003, he repaired the Pathfinder’s barometer which required a new glass cover.

Everything that Mr Henrich has done for Toronto Brigantine has been donated. He enjoys seeing the ships arrive in Owen Sound on an annual basis, and can remember as far back as four decades of the ships coming to Port.  He knows several youth in Owen Sound who have sailed on the Brigs, and have benefited from their experience.

Here is Mr Henrich hard at his work. (Photos taken by Captain O’Donaghue, May 2011)


Toronto Brigantine thanks you, Mr Henrich, for your ongoing support and we look forward to seeing you in Owen Sound again this summer.

Toronto Brigantine: Toronto’s only tall ship based youth sail training program, offering Summer Program for teenagers age 13 to 18 the opportunity to make new friends, learn new skills and gain a sense of accomplishment by learning to sail a tall ship around Great Lakes and Georgian Bay. With a stop over in Owen Sound most summers!  We are current accepting applications for our summer program and bursaries are available.  The Winter Program is when new officers are training and much of the boat maintenance work is done . This year alone the teenagers in the Winder program contributed over 10,000 volunteer hours and their work is just wrapping up as we prepare for our annual Blessing of the Fleet on Jun 18, 2011.

For more information about Toronto Brigantine’s tall ship based sail training program and how you might be able to support Toronto Brigatine’s programs, please contact the office today.

Toronto Brigantine Inc

413-215 Spadina Ave, Toronto ON M5T 2C7

tel: 416-596-7117

e-mail :


Registered Canadian Charity 11926 5924 RR0001

TBI’s Alumnus, Claus Heinecke

Claus Heinecke is an alumnus of Toronto Brigantine from the early days of our program.   His love of sailing influenced his early works of Marine Art.

And extract about Claus Heinecke sailing with TBI and his Marine Art works is provided here.  TBI Claus Heinecke pdf

Claus Heinecke had a art show of early works at an OPEN SHIP on Sunday Jun 22, 1969 with Pathfinder and Trident. [Invitation provided by William Mewes, Oct 28, 2012]. Al Hazel has some of these early works of Claus which will be on display at the 50th Anniversary Meet and Greet on November 10th, 2012 at Harbourfront Centre’s Brigantine Room.

Toronto Brigantine still has a small supply of the limited edition prints of the Three Small Brigantines available for sale to Marine Art enthusiasts and Toronto Brigantine supporters.   If you are interested in obtaining a print, please call or e-mail us at the office.  All proceeds go towards our youth sail training program.

Toronto Brigantine Inc

413-215 Spadina Ave, Toronto ON M5T 2C7

tel: 416-596-7117

e-mail :


Registered Canadian Charity 11926 5924 RR0001

Fundraising brochure for the STV Pathfinder, 1963

TBI Fundraising Pamplet 1961 pdf

Toronto Brigantine Inc

413-215 Spadina Ave, Toronto ON M5T 2C7

tel: 416-596-7117

e-mail :


Registered Canadian Charity 11926 5924 RR0001

Its spring and time to re-rig the boats

With the nicer weather, the participants of the Toronto Brigantine’s Winter program are going to start re-fitting the boats for the upcoming shoulder season.

This coming weekend (April 15/16, 2011), the crews will be getting the boats re-rigging the boats.

The masts were left in this winter so no need for stepping the masts. But this is how it was done in previous years.

Here is a picture of the setting of the topsl yard from 1984.  Look at the muscle and teamwork needed to make this happen.

Many hands make easy work …



… for all the variety of things that need to be done.

Julian Schroer and Sam Neale and their officers will be leading the re-rigging process for this year. …. its scheduled for next weekend.   Stop by to check out all the action if you  are around. The boats are berthed at Marina Quay West, on  Queen’s Quay between Bathurst and Spadina.

Pretty soon the boats will be ready for  the sailing season. If you were interested in booking a group sail training event this Spring you should call the office quickly …  there are just a few weekends still available.

In addition to the training activities that they have to do, over 50 participants of the Winter Program have been coming down most weekends and school breaks for work parties on the boats. They have been working on any number of projects including patching the decks, sanding and painting steel and laying new wood, refinishing and replacing a fore-topmast, bowsprit, spindles and belaying pins, finishing up the Seamen’s Mess, working on some of the mechanical parts. That in additional to all the regular annual routine maintenance activities. The budget for materials for these projects (the wood, steel and paint) plus getting new sail, new engine parts, repacking the life rafts all comes to about $50,000 on top of all the labour effort volunteered. We are still accepting donations of cash and materials (like mooring ropes, wood and tools) to help make our $50,000 budget go farther.   If you are able to contribute, do call the office or donate on-line. 

Tax Receipts are provided.


Toronto Brigantine Inc

413-215 Spadina Ave, Toronto ON M5T 2C7

tel: 416-596-7117   e-mail : website:

Registered Canadian Charity 11926 5924 RR0001

Work in Progress, maintaining the boats



There is lots of work in progress on the boats this Winter/Spring. Over 50 participants of Toronto Brigantine’s Winter program are volunteering over 180 hours each with work on the boats and training to prepare for the Summer Program delivery.   The work activities on the boats this year have a total cost of  $50,000 for materials and the professional expertise needed to finish the work.  The work this year, is part of a three-year $500,000 plan for maintenance on the boats.

Photos taken by TBI friend Tracey Baker, Photoshop done by TBI friend Jim Orgill. March 2011

Stay tuned for the save the date notice coming in June. TBI’s annual Blessing of the Fleet is when  we wish safe sailing for the up to 200 teenagers who will enjoy a life transforming youth sail training experience each summer – and this year we will also celebrate the work that has been completed on the boats, thanks to the generous financial support of Toronto Brigantine’s friends and supporters.   We will take new pictures in June to show all the work that TBI has done this year. 

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

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

Registered Canadian Charity 11926 5924 RR0001

TBI Needs New Mooring Lines

Call us today, if you can help us source new mooring lines for our brigantines. The details are provided here. 

TBI We need new Lines for the Boats pdf

The mooring line replacements are one of the many items on our $50,000 Winter Maintenance plan this year, which is part of a three year $500,000 maintenance plan.

TBI provides  tax receipts for gift in kind or cash donations.  

Call us today to learn more about how you can help get the boats ready …. so that up to 200 more teenagers can Learn the Ropes with Toronto Brigantine this Summer.

Toronto Brigantine Inc

413-215 Spadina Ave, Toronto ON M5T 2C7

tel: 416-596-7117 OR OR

Registered Canadian Charity 11926 5924 RR0001