2017 Schedule


2017 Summer Schedule, Youth (13-23) Courses

An experiential Tall Ship summer sailing camp for youth aboard the Tall Ship St. Lawrence II, No Experience Required!


RDV 2017 & the East Coast:

The Maritimes, St. Lawrence River, New England, New York City, and Lake Ontario.


Join the crew of the St. Lawrence II for an amazing Tall Ship sailing adventure this summer! Set sail from a host of ports on Lake Ontario, The Maritimes, Quebec City, The St. Lawrence River, New England, and NYC as part of RDV 2017 and experience some of the best sailing and greatest adventures you will find anywhere.


“This experience was fun, I became more self-confident, and I became more independent.”

- 2016 Trainee


The St. Lawrence II presents an amazing opportunity to challenge yourself, to enjoy the freedom of sail, have new experiences, and meet new friends - all while exploring the unique and picturesque landscapes of Lake Ontario, the Maritimes, New England, and the St. Lawrence River.


Leave the technological world behind for a few days, and become immersed in the life of a sailor! Form deep and lasting connections with the environment and your fellow sailors, as you work together toward a common goal. You will never regret your commitment to sailing with the St. Lawrence II, and will never forget your days aboard, sailing silently along, past the seascapes and shorelines of Eastern Canada and the USA.


Our competitively priced 2017 courses range from 5 to 13 days in length, and are offered aboard our award-winning, licensed & inspected, historic Tall Ship.


“The entire adventure was amazing, so it's hard to choose just one highlight, but a few that come to mind are how awesome it was when we put up the sails for the first time, the amazing scenery, and meeting the crew.”

- 2016 Trainee


Our sailing program is an experiential outdoor sailing adventure platform, which is underscored by positive personal development, the spirit of friendship, and freedom offered by a traditional sail training voyage. As a participant in the course you will become a Tall Ship crew member, and take on the responsibility for the sailing and routine of the ship. Some of the tangible outcomes from taking part in our sailing courses include improved confidence, grit, problem solving skills, and teamwork abilities.


The Voyage:


Your adventure begins when you arrive at the ship & are introduced to the ship’s crew. The professional Captain and First Mate will put you in one of three watches (groups), each under the supervision of experienced peer officers.


Our youth officers are all past trainees, who have successfully completed the training, and gained the experience required to be leaders aboard. All of them are alumni of the program. They will ensure that you learn everything you need to know to become part of the crew as quickly as possible. Following some basic orientation covering parts of the ship, safety procedures, and how the ship is run, you will stow your gear and help prepare for departure.


Once everyone is aboard and is familiar with the ship, we will depart for your first day of voyaging under sail! You will learn the names of all the lines (ropes) and how to use them to control, raise and lower the sails under all weather conditions, how to raise and lower the anchor, how to safely climb the rigging to furl sails on the yards, how to launch and row the ship’s boats (dories), and how steer the ship.


From time to time the ship will anchor in a safe cove or moor alongside a pier, allowing some time for relaxing, swimming, rowing the dories and exploring what’s ashore, or just pondering and reflecting on your voyage.

All courses begin at 12:00 and end at 11:00 and will depart and return to Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, 53 Yonge St, Kingston, Ontario, unless otherwise noted in the Schedule (a course which starts in another port/ city ,eg. Quebec City, will of course board and end in the specified port(s)/ cit(y)ies.


 





Our Summer Courses are open to all participants between the ages of 13 and 23

Pt. 1: Lake Ontario & the St. Lawrence River


Get aboard the St. Lawrence II, and join other Tall Ships in the Great Lakes Flotilla! Starting June 25th in Kingston, we will sail the length of Lake Ontario twice, before heading down the St. Lawrence River to Quebec City!


These courses are available to anyone between the ages of 13-18, with no sailing experience required!


Kingston - Hamilton: RDV 2017 Great Lakes Flotilla
*qualifies as Duke of Edinburgh Silver Preliminary, Practice and Qualifying Journey, 

Course 2: July 2nd - 7th, 6 Days, 750*
Hamilton - Bath: RDV 2017 Great Lakes Flotilla
* qualifies as Duke of Edinburgh Silver Preliminary, Practice and Qualifying Journey

COURSE FULL
Bath (Kingston) - Quebec City
RDV 2017 Quebec City
*qualifies as Duke of Edinburgh Gold Preliminary, Practice and Qualifying Journey

Pt. 2: The Gulf of the St. Lawrence, The Maritimes, and the Coastlines of New England!


Explore the unique seascapes, ports, towns, and bays of the Canadian Maritimes & the North eastern USA during one of these once-in-a-lifetime voyages.


Course 4 (15+): July 23rd - Aug 4th, 13 Days, $1600*

Quebec City - St. Peter's N.S. RDV 2017
Includes festival in Halifax
*qualifies as Duke of Edinburgh Gold Preliminary, Practice and Qualifying Journey

Course 5 (15+): Aug 6th - 18th, 13 Days, $1600*
St. Peter's N.S. - St. John, N.B. RDV 2017
Includes festivals in Lunenburg & Digby, N.S.
*qualifies as Duke of Edinburgh Gold Preliminary, Practice and Qualifying Journey

St. John, N.B. - New York City, N.Y.
* qualifies as Duke of Edinburgh Gold Preliminary, Practice and Qualifying Journey


Pt. 2 will feature the


“All in the Same Boat Program


A Tall Ship Adventure focusing on Youth Leadership


This is an immersive outdoor adventure experience focused on the development of Youth Leadership through the unique experience of a Tall Ship voyage. This program uses the social bonds and environmental dynamics created aboard a working Tall Ship to enable insight into group dynamics, the concept of community focusing on the Canadian context, Historical perspectives, Reconciliation, and environmental stewardship. 

Based on group discussions and personal reflection, this program will empower young people to become stronger individuals and a positive voice in their communities.

This Journey will help you to become a stronger person with new perspectives, improved self-confidence, better teamwork skills & leadership tools, and an appreciation for our shared history and future. 

Make new friends, have amazing experiences in breathtaking locales, and take part in the journey of a lifetime aboard the Tall Ship St. Lawrence II!

These courses are available to young people between the ages of 15-23, no sailing experience required!

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