The "Jolly Breeze of St. Andrews" is fully Canadian Coastguard approved to carry 46 passengers. She is equipped with a new super low emmision engine which is used during the trip along with the sails. This is done to ensure there is adequate time to reach the feeding grounds of the whales. The engine plus sails allows for a smooth quiet ride. However, if whale-watching is not a priority, the engine may be turned off to allow for a sailing adventure, wind permitting of course. Every year the vessel is inspected before being issued her certificate to operate. Every 2 years she has an out of the water inspection. Captain and crew must be qualified personnel in their respective professions.
Passengers aboard "The Jolly Breeze of St. Andrews" enjoy comfortable seating on the main deck. Once on our way, you may stroll about exploring this famous vessel.
Below decks are two washrooms, luxurious heated lounge, a private baby/change room and sleeping for ten!
Help yourself to an extra jacket, lap blanket or sunscreen. We have you covered! Children often sit around the huge mahagany table to colour. Talented crew perform face painting and help with "pirate dress up", then its off to the big ships wheel to try a "trick" at steering the ship. Those able to steer a straight course receive a special certificate signed by Captain T-Roy and Chief Engineer Robbie Red Pants upon which parents may place a picture of this exciting event!
You may sit back and enjoy a drink on either deck from the fully licensed bar.
After you have been introduced to your ship, her captain and crew- who will give you a safety briefing, we are on our way! Active participation in taking the helm or hoisting sails is permitted. There is a public address system aboard should you require it, and a music system. From the moment you board our floating home until you are safely returned to the dock, your comfort, safety and enjoyment is our goal. Welcome aboard!
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The sailing vessel "Jolly Breeze of St. Andrews" is a 72 foot gaff rigged square rigged cutter. She is a steel replica of the Jolie Brise, a vessel of the early 1900's, famous for winning the fastnet race 3 times consecutively. The "Jolly Breeze of St. Andrews" was built in Whangarei, New Zealand and launched by the late owner builder Mr. Marc Witteveen on Dec 7, 1989. She is a steel vessel, her hull being 6mm thick. Teak, imported from Burma, was crafted into hatches and the rail. A teak deck was laid over the steel, with glass prisms being inserted to give added light below. Oregon pine was the wood chosen for the boom, yardarm and mast. The mast is entirely hollow, giving it extra strength. The interior is a blend of native New Zealand woods, karri and pine, with Burmese teak and some tropical hardwoods. The leather cushions were added whilst in Morocco, along with the antique tiles. Steel she may be but the "Jolly Breeze of St. Andrews" definitely has the look and feel of wood. The "Jolly Breeze of St. Andrews" is well equipped to spend long periods at sea, as she sometimes does. She carries 4 tons of fresh water, a ton and a half of diesel, has a 1 ton holding tank. All tanks are located under the floor giving her a double skin. In 1994 amid 70 entries "Jolly Breeze of St. Andrews" won a prize for Concours D'Elegance in the Antigua Classic Boat Regatta.
To date the "Jolly Breeze of St. Andrews" has sailed 20,000 nautical miles voyaging the world. She has seen stormy seas, a time to take the sails down and to heave to, she's been becalmed for days, she's sailed 12 days without a sail change, she's been over on her side when the tide went out, she's won herself a prize in the Concours D'Elegance class at the Antigua Classic boat show, she's met river pirates plus a lot of interesting people of the world. Now she is in the Maritimes and would like to meet you.