Category Archives: Youth Sail Training

TBI on Ward Island with TPL Bookmobile

Toronto Brigantine will be on Ward Island on Jun 18, 2011 from 10:30 to noon with Toronto Public Library Bookmobile.

See Details of the Ward Island Event here.

TBI TPL Ward Island Sailors Wanted

The port event on Ward Island is thefirst of a series of SAILORS WANTED programs that Toronto Brigantine will be offering this summer at selected libraries across Toronto. [Unfortunately, the boats aren’t coming to the other library events!  They will be off sailing the Great Lakes and Georgian Bay during the summer.]

See Details of the Summer Reading Program events here.

TBI TPL Summer Program Sailors Wanted


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


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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


What are your Toronto Brigantine Memories

As trainees in our summer program,  teenagers as young as 12 and up to age 19, have created memories of a life time sailing the tall ships around the Great Lakes and Georgian Bay. Over 20,000 teenagers have gone through the program in the almost 50 years since we were founded … and over 150 new trainees just sailed this past summer.

Trainees in the program create lifelong memories and make new friends while learning to sail and developing important life skills around leadership, teamwork — all while having great fun and an experience of a lifetime.

There are alumni out there from our first programs in the 1960s that are still in touch with friends from their sailing days with Toronto Brigantine.  Michael McGrath shared some pictures from his adventures in 1966.  Sean O’Donnaghue was a Deep Sea Award winner in 1986 and Steve Dennis was a Deep Sea Award winner in 1992.  

For all you TBI alumni out there. come join us on Facebook and share your memories, pictures and experiences. And get reconnected with old friends.

As we prepare for our 50th anniversary celebrations, we want to collect as many stories we can from our 20,000 alumni that are spread out around the world now.

We look forward to hearing your stories – here – at the Toronto Brigantine website – or joing us on Facebook

 And to stay updated on all the Toronto Brigantine news through our Signals Newsletter, sign up on our mailing list.

http://www.torontobrigantine.org/contact/keep-in-touch/

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

It is easier to build strong children than it repair broken adults

 Building Character through Adventure

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken adults- adapted from a quote from Frederick Douglass.

There is  no better reason to explore the benefits that Toronto Brigantine’s tall ship based youth sail training program provides to young adults.

There are two ways to provide financial support for the program.  One is to contribute to a bursary that will directly provide the funds that will allow a young person to participate that might not be able to afford the program.  Or second, to contribute to our capital projects that help to maintain and refit the two tall ships that are used for the summer program – Pathfinder and Playfair.

 Youth sail training is proven to provide a fun and challenging atmosphere to learn team work, respect and other life skills that benefit our trainees for a lifetime.

Toronto Brigantine offers Winter Program, Summer Program, and during the shoulder season School Programs and Group Charters for the young at heart.  Call us, to get information about Toronto Brigatine’s youth sail training program or to have us and some recent trainee alumni come to your social club, youth group or school to tell you more about the program. 

There are still some slots available for school or group programs this fall!

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

Whats in store for you on Toronto Brigantine’s tall ship sail training program

 Building Character through Adventure

For all the other young future tall ship sailors that missed out this year’s Summer Program, there is always next year … and you can sign up now for the Winter Program which starts in October.

Participants in the Winter program work on the vessels and get a head start on training for the Summer season.  Participation in the winter program is required for promotion to one of the youth officer positions aboard our brigantines. Both the Summer and Winter Programs are eligible for Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards program and may also be eligible for high school credits.  

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.]

Toronto Brigantine offers Winter Program, Summer Program, and during the shoulder season School Programs and Group Charters for the young at heart. 

The 2011 Summer Program schedule has been announced, and we are now accepting registrations.

Call us, to get information about Toronto Brigatine’s youth sail training program or to have us and some recent trainee alumni come to your social club, youth group or school to tell you more about the 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

Summer is but is over … can’t wait till next Year

 Building Character through Adventure

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Update from Toronto Brigantine, Sept 5, 2010:

Toronto Brigantine Inc (TBI) is Toronto’s only tall ship based youth sail training program and operate out of Toronto Harborfront thanks to the generousity of Harborfront Centre.  It has been a great summer season this year.  

Our 2010 Summer season started with two important traditions – the Blessing of the Fleet and the promotions of our officers – which we did on June 19.  Closer to home, TBI  hosted some Group programs including among others the Harborfront Centre Sailing Club and a troup of Girl Guides from London ON.  

Our first major port event was the Redpath Toronto Waterfront Festival that ending with the Parade of Sail on the Canada long weekend.  We then went on to participate in two other Great Lakes United Tall Ship Challenge port events in  Bay City and Chicago.  We participated in two of the legs of the  race and Pathfinder came in second in one of them!

Over the summer, we operated 7 courses (one or two weeks) with over 150 teenagers participating.   They sailed throughout the Great Lakes (well except Lake Superior) and Georgian Bay.    The trainees were also able to apply their experiences towards their Duke of Edinburgh Awards, Toronto Brigantine’s Summer and Winter programs were just approved for the Awards program this year!

A last bus load of trainees return to Toronto September 5th. They are home just in time to get ready for their new school year.   And finally both vessels, the Pathfinder and Playfair,  will be returning to Toronto on September 19th after a weekend at Erie PA for their Tall Ships Erie 2010.  

And for all the other young future tall ship sailors that missed out this year’s Summer Program, there is always next year … and you can sign up now for the Winter Program which starts in October. Participates in the Winter program work on the vessels and get a head start on training for the Summer season.  Participation in the winter program is required for promotion to one of the youth offers positions aboard our brigantines. Check out this video about all that is in store for all you teenagers age 13 to 18 at Toronto Brigantine.

Toronto Brigantine offers Winter Program, Summer Program, and during the shoulder season School Programs and Group Charters for the young at heart.  Call us, to get information about Toronto Brigatine’s youth sail training program or to have us and some recent trainee alumni come to your social club, youth group or school to tell you more about the program. 

There are still some slots available for school or group programs this fall!

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

Pathfinder in Windsor ON July 13, 2010

 Building Character through Adventure

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Update from Toronto Brigantine, July 14, 2010

On July 13, 2010, the STV Pathfinder, with Captain Julian Schroer, First Officer  Taeo Tsagkaris and the rest of the 10 crew and 18 traineers, passed through Windsor on her way down the Detroit River. Next destination – Bay City. They just finished participating in the Great Lakes United Tall Ships Challenge race from Cleveland to Pelee Passage. The Pathfinder didn’t win –  in our division this time and hard sailing anyways with too little wind. As per the posted results, we were beat out by St Lawrence II, Pride of Baltimore II and Lynx.

From Windsor, the Pathfinder and crew are on their way to Bay City.

Check out this vide of Captain Schroer being interviewed during the stop in Windsor, by our friends at A Channel.

Taeo Tsagkaris was interviewed in an article in The Windsor Star by staff reporter Dalson Chen.  You have to see the pictures that photography Scott Webster took  of the trainees up high folding the sails. Great teamwork.

While we were in Windsor, we are also able to stop off at Sterling Fuels terminal to fill up our fuel tanks . Our program happens through the generous support from indviduals and businesses of the communities that we serve. Thank you to Sterling Fuels and our other Supporters.

If we miss you on the Lakes and you want to get more information about Toronto Brigantine’s youth sail training program, call us. We offer Winter Program, Summer Program, and during the shoulder season School Programs and Group Charters for the young at heart.

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

Harborfront Centre Sailing Club sails Pathfinder, Summer 2010

Wow, from Wind and Sail, here is an article about members of the Harborfront Centre Sailing Club that had the opportunity to go sailing on the Pathfinder, one of Toronto Brigantine’s two tall ships.

The Wind and Sail article provides Some great pictures and videos of their adventure.

As a youth sail training vessel, all that sail on the Pathfinder or Playfair, get to experience the challenge of sailing a tall ship.   First and foremost, you start your experience on the boat going through safey training.   

Here is the video of the Raising of the Sails on the Pathfinder Brigantine.  

As the Wind and Sail article describes, you learn about the riggings, what all the ropes and lines do, and you can choose to climb aloft – if you have the stomach for the heights and as long as you wear your safety harness. All in one afternoon tall ship adventure. 

Check out this video Sailing on the Pathfinder Brigantine.

Over 20,000 people have experiences tall ship sailing with Toronto Brigantine  since we were founded in 1962. The program targets boys and girls age 13 to 18.  During our “shoulder” season – before and after school is back in session, we do offer adult sail training events.  The funds raised from these adult programs help to support the youth programs that we offer during the summer.

If you are interested in arranging for a tall ship sailing event for your sailing club, please contact us.

Happy sailing and hope you are having a great summer.

Hamilton Power and Sail Squadron helped promote Toronto Brigantine back in 1972!

It was interesting to read about The Hamilton Power & Sail Squadron’s 60th Anniversary 1949-2009.

Toronto Brigantine is pleased to have participated in a small part in the 60 years of safe sail training programming at Hamilton Power and Sail Squadron.

On Page 23 of their Anniversary Brochure,  TBI is  mentioned.

February 1972: Big ad by Hill TV Marine division on Nautaline houseboats.
In “Odds and Sods”  an article about Toronto Brigantine Inc. outlining the training schedule for boys aged 14 to 18 on the Pathfinder andTrident II.

Perhaps there are sailors from Power and Sail Squadron’s across Canada that will be interested in sailing the Great Lakes this summer or next.  The Summer season focuses on youth sail training schedule sailing around the Great Lakes and Georgian Bay. During the Shoulder Season, when there are no youth programming scheduled, we do offer adult sail training and teambuilding events.  The funds raised from the adult sail training events help to subsidize and support our summer sail training program.

Contact the Toronto Brigantine office for more information, please contact us.

Happy sailing and say hello to the Brigantines if you see them this summer.

A poem – Sea Fever

I must go down to the seas again,
To the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship
And a star to steer her by;
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song
And a grey mist on the sea’s face,
And a grey dawn breaking.

I must go down to the seas again,
For the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call
That may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day
With the white clouds flying,
And sea flung spray and the blown spume
And the sea-gulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again,
To a vagrant gypsy life
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way,
Where the wind’s like a whetted knife,
All I ask is a merry yarn from
A laughing fellow rover,
And a quiet sleep and a sweet dream
When the long trick’s over.

– John Masefield –

And a version sent to song by Andy Vine