Category Archives: Summer Program

Going through the Welland Canal – Its an Annual Event!

Pathfinder and Playfair go through the Welland Canal at least twice each year. We have to go through the Canal to get from Lake Ontario to Lake Erie and the other Great Lakes beyondthat. And of course, again, to get back “home” to Toronto each Fall.

This year, the boats go through the Canal during Course 2 from Kingston to Windsor. It will be just after we finish the battle reenactments at Niagara on the Lake, so around Jul 17, 2012.  The boats will be staying up in Lake Huron and Georgian Bay through to early September for some group charter events that we have scheduled.  So we won’t be going home through the Canal until maybe second week of September.

Will use this map to describe the journey through the Canal. [Source: http://www.canadiancanalsociety.org/maps/map-welland.html]

We have been going up and down the Welland Canal for 50 years! Here are some pictures of the boats at various locations through the canal. You can use the map above to match locations.

Click here to see picture of the boats in the Lock.  http://www.flickr.com/photos/28894872@N05/2785607585/

[Photo: Playfair upbound in the Welland Canal  June 26, 1998. Sailing southbound in the channel above lock 2 and headed for lock 3 in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada]

[Photo posted on Facebook , Posted Aug 2011, the Boats Going through Welland Canal, Lock 5 at night]

[Photo from www.shipspotting.com. 2006-09-05 PLAYFAIR & PATHFINDER are downbound Welland Canal toward lock 7, 2006]

[Photo from  www.bosunsmate.org  Going through Lock Seven, date not indicated]

Going through the Canal is a memorable experience for TBI Trainees and Crew.

One of the particularly vivid memories seems to be the slimy walls of the Welland Canal  – according to TBI Alumni  and Facebook Friends Bryan Dambrumenil and Caroline Lillico.  It is quite spectacular to be going through the canal with all the Lakers and other “big boats”.

Sign up today for your tall ship sail training adventure this summer.

http://www.torontobrigantine.org/summer-program/schedule-and-fees/

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Pathfinder in Gananoque area, 1970s

Here is a picture of Pathfinder taken by Jim King in the 1970s when she was in Gananoque area.  I came across the photo reading an article  “More Nostalgic  Vessels”, by Tom King, Thousand Islands Life.com, Mar 13, 2011.

[Photo: Pathfinder in Gananoque are in 1970s. Source J W King Photography Collection, used by permission of Tom King.]

And both Pathfinder and Playfair are coming back to Thousand Islands again this summer. [thanks to Thousand Islands Life.com for promoting the program for us]

SAILORS Wanted: Come sail with us in Thousand Islands in Course 1 and 2 of the 2012 Summer Program.  This is perfect for teenagers age 13 to 18 that are looking for an extraordinary summer adventure – making new friends, meeting exciting challenges, learning new skills … a traditional sailing experience.

There will be many unscheduled stops throughout the Thousand Islands area depending on the wind and weather and where we can arrange dockage, water and dump out that can accommodate our ships that are 70 feet long with an 8 foot draft.

The Details of each course in the 2012 Summer Program are provided at the Toronto Brigantine website. http://www.torontobrigantine.org/summer-program/schedule-and-fees/

Sign up today for your tall ship adventure through the Thousand Islands or the Great Lakes and Georgian Bay.

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

tel: 416-596-7117 e-mail : office@torontobrigantine.org website: www.torontobrigantine.org

Registered Canadian Charity 11926 5924 RR0001

Help Fill the Boats this Summer

Its our 50th anniversary and we want to fill the boats –  Pathfinder and Playfair – this Summer. Up to 200 trainees can sail this summer. Word of mouth is our best marketing vehicle … and best suits our marketing budget. So we need everyone’s help.

Click here: TBI 2012 Summer Program Flier for a softcopy of a flier for the 2012 Summer Schedule.

Please share the Poster with friends and anywhere that teenagers hangout or where their parents look for ideas for summer camp programs for their teenages.

Share the link to the poster with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.

Print out some posters and post them in places for teenagers and their parents.

– At school

– The community centre

– The local burger joint

– The library

– The Swimming Pool or skating rink

– Youth Centres

– The Sailing Club

– The Gym

– The Grocery Store Bulletin Board

– Send a note to your local community paper

Or even consider signing up to speak at a youth group, a parents assocation or a service club in your community.  We can provide you with presentation slides and pictures about the program OR can arrange for someone to come and present with you.

Thanks for your help in spreading the word about this amazing program. Feel free to post updates  here or on the TBI’s facebook page about how you have helped promote Toronto Brigantine’s Summer Program and give any additional ideas for others to help us marketing the program this year.

Toronto Brigantine Inc

413-215 Spadina Ave, Toronto ON M5T 2C7

tel: 416-596-7117 e-mail : office@torontobrigantine.org website: www.torontobrigantine.org

Registered Canadian Charity 11926 5924 RR0001

SAILORS WANTED, Toronto Brigantine’s 2012 Summer Sailing Season Announced

Toronto Brigantine’s the Summer Program is targeted to youth ages 13 to 18, who are able to swim 100 metres and tread water for 10 minutes, are ready for adventure and are looking for NEW FRIENDS, EXCITING CHALLENGES and NEW SKILLS while sailing the Great Lakes and Georgian Bay this summer.

The Summer Program officially starts on Jun 29, leaving from Toronto Harbour. The last Summer Program ends in Kincardine on Aug 25, getting the kids back in time to get ready for their next school semester.   We offer a selection of programs for one or two weeks. In the past, many trainees have extended  to the next course because they liked the first one so much.

There are seven courses to choose from.

The Details of each course in the Summer Program are provided at the Toronto Brigantine website. http://www.torontobrigantine.org/summer-program/schedule-and-fees/

There are still spots available to book for Adult, School or Corporate Charters for half day, full day and overnight sailing in May, Jun, September and October.

Check out this video about all that is in store for all you teenagers age 13 to 18 at Toronto Brigantine.

[the video was posted on youtube by nbt3020 April 30, 2010 –  The video was made by TBI parent and long time supporter Barb Murck. The music in the video is used by the permission of Great Big Sea.]

We are now taking registrations for the courses, so call or email the office now for details. Registration forms are available at our website at http://www.torontobrigantine.org

See you on the water.

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

tel: 416-596-7117 e-mail : office@torontobrigantine.org website: www.torontobrigantine.org

Registered Canadian Charity 11926 5924 RR0001


The boats are Sailing To Killarney (Jul 2011)

Course #4 Summer 2011, is sailing from Britt to Collingwood with 12 days of sail training adventures in between. Here was a photo that was taken as they took off from Britt, sailing towards Killarney.

This is a Youtube posting of a video that was taken of Pathfinder tacking near Killarney (although this was taken in 2009). Different crew and trainees, but same great waters and hopefully great wind and weather!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0lltFOl39E

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There are still some berths available for the last three courses of the summer. Check out

# Course Start End Start End Duration
5 Southern Georgian Bay and the Bruce Peninsula Collingwood Owen Sound Aug 6 Aug 15 10 days
6 Lake Huron via Georgian Bay Owen Sound Windsor Aug 17 Aug 26 10 days
7 Homeward Bound Windsor Toronto Aug 26 Sep 2 7 days

To book your berth today … contact the Toronto Brigantine office at www.torontobrigantine.org

TBI in Parry Sound, pretty much an annual event

Updated Jul 28, 2012:

Toronto Brigantine will be back again in Parry Sound on Jul 29, 2012.  Captain Sam Neale on Playfair, sailed into Parry Sound as crew on Pathfinder back in 2004.

Toronto Brigantine has spent most of our almost 50 years in our summer sail training in the Great lakes and up to Georgian Bay.  That has included, in most years, a stop in Parry Sound.

That includes a stop in Parry Sound during the long weekend of July 31, 2010.

Photo posted on Parry Sound Area Chamber of Commerce facebook page.

This article in CottageCountryNow, by Cameron Ginn, shows Pathfinder and Playfair in Parry Sound on Aug 4, 2010.   Then XO Taeo Tsagakaris has since “graduated” from TBI and went on another tall ship adventure in Europe.  It has a great picture of Shoshana Watson taking a break to read a book. Click here for link to Cottage Country Now Article here.

Toronto Brigantine was in Parry Sound the year before too … and here is a photo by Travis Mealing from an article posted on Simcoe.com “Youths get set for sailing adventure”.

 

And “Look Up, tall ships sailing to the Sound”, Aug 2009 by Evan French in  CottageCountryNow.

Francis Clegg was one of the crew members sailing into Parry Sound in 2007.  See “Teens in the Rigging”, Cottage Country News article Aug 2007. The Boats stop off for crew change in Parry Sound most every year.  Francis Clegg in the photo.  Original article posted here. http://www.cottagecountrynow.ca/cottagecountrynow/article/345052

And they were in Parry Sound again in 2004 as recorded in “Lose Your Land Leg”, by Sarah Bissonette Aug 14, 2004 in Cottage Country Now.  Melina Giannella, Watch Officer.  Some of the young crew of the Pathfinder are: left, Jamie McNeil, Matthew Auld, Sarah McLean, Sam Neale, Liam Dickson, Eric Hogg and Melina Giannelia. The original article is posted here. http://www.cottagecountrynow.ca/sports/article/254589–lose-your-land-legs

Toronto Brigantine’s program is the great program that it is thanks to the youth officers that volunteer their time in the winter and spring for training and working on the boats. This last summer alone, the crew volunteered 10,000 hours. Not to mention the full time effort that they put in during the Summer Program with new trainees and perhaps future Toroto Brigantine officers!

Perhaps you know some teenagers that might be getting restless as the hot summer days are upon us … and if they are up for a unique sailing adventure on a tall ship, let them know that we have a few spots still available on this years Summer Program  the schedule is here: ttp://www.torontobrigantine.org/summer-program/schedule-and-fees/

Fair winds and we look forward to visiting Parry Sound again!

For more information about our program check out our website.

2011 Summer Program Course 7 From Windsor to Toronto

COURSE #7: Homeward Bound (Windsor to Toronto)

Departing Windsor: Saturday, August 27th Arriving Toronto:  Friday, September 2nd Duration: 7 days

There are still a few berths available for 2011 Summer Program (particularly Course  6 and 7 – course 7 getting you back to Toronto just in time for the school year start!

So there is still a chance for some lucky teenagers to enjoy their tall ship adventure this summer.  Bursaries are available. The TBI Summer Program is eligible for Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

Late August offers some of the best sailing weather of the season.  With the predominantly following winds head south into Lake Erie for the run eastward to the Welland Canal. After transiting the interesting and historic Welland Canal, cross Lake Ontario for Toronto, Ontario, home of the Brigantines.

It would seem that the slimy walls of the Welland Canal are vivid memory of former TBI Alumni that have taken this course – alumni like TBI Facebook Friends Bryan Dambrumenil and Caroline Lillico.  It is quite spectacular to be going through the canal with all the Lakers and other “big boats”.

After 7 days of the last few days of great sailing days of the student summer season, this gets trainees back home just in time for the start of the new school year. And it gives the Captains and lead hands time to organize for the few charters that we have scheduled before we head off for a port event in Montreal in mid September.

And if you aren’t able to sign up to sail this summer,, it is not too early to reserve your spot for 2012 Summer Program!

Contact us today for more information about Toronto Brigantine tall ship based youth sail training program.

Toronto Brigantine Inc

413-215 Spadina Ave, Toronto ON M5T 2C7

tel: 416-596-7117  OR office@torontobrigantine.org OR www.torontobrigantine.org

Registered Canadian Charity 11926 5924 RR0001

2011 Summer Program Course 4 Leaves Britt and ends in Collingwood

The crew from Course #3, enjoyed an overnight stay at Britt, where the crew had the opportunity to hang out at Little Britt Inn, thanks to invitation from TBI’s long time friend Jim Sorrenti.

And Saturday morning it is back to work with a partial crew changeover and a new group of trainees joining up on Playfair and Pathfinder for Course 4. This is a 12 day course that will take the crew and trainees around Georgian Bay – exploring the eastern entrance to the North Channel and the eastern shore of Georgian Bay, ending up in Collingwood on Aug 3, 2011.

Departing Britt: Saturday, July 23rd Arriving Collingwood: Wednesday, Aug 3rd Duration: 12 days

There are still a few berths available for 2011 Summer Program (particularly Course 5, 6 and 7 – course 7 getting you back to Toronto just in time for the school year start!)  so there is still a chance for some lucky tenagers to enjoy their tall ship adventure this summer.  Bursaries are available. The TBI Summer Program is eligible for Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

It is not too early to reserve your spot for 2012 Summer Program!

Contact us today for more information about Toronto Brigantine’s Summer Program.

Toronto Brigantine Inc

413-215 Spadina Ave, Toronto ON M5T 2C7

tel: 416-596-7117 OR office@torontobrigantine.org OR www.torontobrigantine.org

Registered Canadian Charity 11926 5924 RR0001

Course 3 Summer 2011 leaves Midland and ends in Britt

COURSE #3: The North Channel and Georgian Bay (Midland to Britt)

Course 3 departs from Midland Ontario. We often go to Midland.

From there both Pathfinder and Playfair sail up Georgian Bay to the eastern entrance of the North Channel.  The trainees will have the opportunity to explore the eastern end of the North Channel (“one of the most beautiful cruising grounds in the world”) stopping along the way to explore the many islands, beaches, and coves.

As this course winds down, the boats will return to Georgian Bay on their way to the course end point at the scenic village of Britt, Ontario.

[Britt is the home of Jim Sorrenti who owns and operates Little Britt Inn. Every year, Jim gives a prize for the Silent Auction at our annual Pirates Ball! Next Pirates Ball is February 2012]

Departing: Friday, July 15th Arriving:  Friday, July 22nd Duration: 8 days

There are still a few berths available for the courses later this season. So there is still a chance for some lucky tenagers to enjoy their tall ship adventure this summer.  Bursaries are available. The TBI Summer Program is eligible for Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

Contact us today for more information about Toronto Brigantine’s Summer Program.

Toronto Brigantine Inc

413-215 Spadina Ave, Toronto ON M5T 2C7

tel: 416-596-7117OR office@torontobrigantine.org OR www.torontobrigantine.org

Registered Canadian Charity 11926 5924 RR0001

Toronto Brigantine – A Great Program for Girl Guides

Toronto Brigantine’s, youth sail training program is a great program for Girl Guides at all levels.

For Pathfinders and Rangers the Summer Program or Shoulder Season excursions help to develop strong leadership and teamwork skills. Its a chance to consider non-traditional careeer opportunities in the marine industry.    A Shoulder season activity might be idea for your Trex Units.  There are fees associated with these programs.   We can offer some savings with group bookings.  Bursary programs are avialable for those that might not otherwise be able to afford it.

For Brownies and Guides, that might not yet be 13, we do provide FREE workshops for your guiding units.  These workshops are an opportunity to be introduced to the Toronto Brigantine tall ship sail training program and we offer activities towards a variety of badge and program work.

Click here for a flier about the program …

TBI Guiding Flier pdf

Call Toronto Brigantine’s today to learn more.


Toronto Brigantine Inc

413-215 Spadina Ave, Toronto ON M5T 2C7

tel: 416-596-7117

e-mail : office@torontobrigantine.org

website: www.torontobrigantine.org

Registered Canadian Charity 11926 5924 RR0001