TRADITIONAL SAIL TRAINING
What is traditional sail training all about? Essentially, our program is experiential learning which involves teenagers in becoming crew members of a working square-rigger. They are not just passengers, or pupils taking academic courses aboard, they actually sail the ship. Adventure and challenge in a unique, unfamiliar, and self-contained environment teaches lessons that go far beyond the traditional sailing skills required to operate a sailing ship at sea. The discipline that the sea imposes on those who would master it develops character and a real sense of responsibility. Crew members must learn about taming the powerful forces of nature and, in doing so, they discover a latent toughness and ability to survive within themselves. They become a valued part of a close-knit, mutually dependent community.
The SL2 is owned and operated by Brigantine, Incorporated, a volunteer-run, federally registered charity. The Board hires a full-time professional Captain — a 150 Ton Master, licensed by Transport Canada — and a licensed First Mate for the summer sailing season. The senior crew comprises 3-4 Watch Officers with a similar number of Petty Officers. All these are youngsters who have worked their way up through the system, starting as raw summer trainee recruits “before the mast.
- Total working sail area: 2500 square feet
- Horse Power: 125 h.p. diesel engine
- Displacement: 35 tonnes