The “Jolly Breeze of St. Andrews” is a classic Tall Ship built in New Zealand and specializes in providing a wonderful and memorable experience for children as well as adults. Our tours are suitable for all ages from babies and toddlers, to adults and senior seniors.
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 mahogany 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 Dave and Captain Rob 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.
The MARINE BIOLOGIST on board each trip will enhance your learning experience of the spectacular wildlife. We also have an extra crew person on board to assist with the children’s activities, the bar service and attention to all your needs.
We have plentiful onboard activities including:
- Taking turns steering the vessel, receive a ‘Captain’s certificate’
- Participating in hoisting a sail
- TOUCH TANK with starfish, crabs, sea anemones, shells, etc.
- Coloring whale pictures
- Pirate costumes
- Face painting, ink stamps
- Learning and labeling a drawing of the parts of the vessel
- Listening to the sound of the Humpback whale songs.
- Check out samples of whale Baleen, Plankton and Krill.
We also specialize in service providing a complimentary breakfast on the am tour and homemade hot soup on the pm tours. (Donations for Joanne's famous soup recipe are given to the Grand Manan Whale and Seabird Research station). Our ship's Galley features coffee, specialty teas, hot chocolate, snacks, sodas and spring water. Adults may enjoy a glass of wine, a beer or scotch from the ships bar. Hot coffee... with Irish Cream perhaps?
The "Jolly Breeze of St. Andrews" is fully Canadian Coastguard approved to carry 46 passengers. She is equipped with a new super low emission 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.
What do you experience when you experience experience?
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 specialize in service providing a complimentary breakfast on the am tour and 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.