Your hosts, Joanne and Robert, purchased the the Jolly Breeze of Saint Andrews Tall Ship in 2004. Forming Jolly Breeze Whale Adventures, we were able to combining three of our biggest loves… Natural Wonders, Sailing Ships and Smiling People.
We started sailing soon after we met in 1993 on a 21 foot sailboat, then a 26 foot Contessa and finally we built our 37 foot Sparkman and Steven’s live aboard sailboat from a hull and deck. We lived on that sailboat with our cat ‘Catch-A-Mouse’ full time for 9 years and sailed to Cuba, Bahamas, and the East coast of the US, Maine to Florida and back. Robert’s parents live in Saint Andrews and we fell in love with the area and the sailing community when we sailed into port. We also fell in love with the Tall Ship.
We hope that you enjoy your tour, the wildlife and the boat as much as we do! Yarr Matey.
Randy started working for the Jolly Breeze at the age of 14 when he stowed away on the Tall Ship after a whale watching tour.
Since 2005, he has progressed from crew, to Engineer and then to Captain extraordinaire. He is known to spot whales from more than a mile away and has an uncanny sense of where they will come up next. In the winter months, he teaches pottery, having trained for two years at the NB college, and has also become an award winning carver of whales, other wildlife and creating model sailboats. You may find some of his carvings for sale around town. Having grown up right here in Charlotte county and with so many years experience on the water, Randy has proven to be an excellent whale finding scurvy scallywag.
This fearless rogue starting working on Tall Ships at 14 years old, having starting out in Toronto on the BiTown Briggateen. He continued working on ships of all sizes in the Great Lakes, from the sweltering heat of the Caribbean south, across the Atlantic ocean to the frigid north of Europe and faced many storms, becalmed days, and even pirates. Taeo has worked on/off for the for the Jolly Breeze since 2010 and is now here to stay, working as Captain, Engineer and general pirate extraordinaire.
Scandalous, bombastic, dominating. These are the pirate words that some would use to describe Captain Taeo Tsagkaris, however in practice this sailor has heart of silver and a belly full of compassion.
Hi, I’m Courtney and I have been spending my summers as a naturalist and marine biologist on the Jolly Breeze since 2012.
I have a degree in Marine Biology from UNB Saint John, and have been interested in all things marine for as long as I can remember! Seal pups, “Minke Mittens”, and the more rare shark sighting are a few of my favourite things to see while on the water. Whales and sea turtles hold a special place in my heart, and I have spent time in the Caribbean working on both a whale watching boat and turtle nesting projects.
I am also involved with conservation projects working to protect the areas and animals we are lucky enough to visit while whale watching in the Bay of Fundy! See you on the water this summer!
I grew up on Deer Island, New Brunswick. For as long as I can remember I have loved going out on the boat around the Western Isles, especially to go whale watching. Needless to say this is an absolute dream job.
I’m extremely passionate about the marine environment and love educating others about the wonders of the Bay of Fundy.
I studied at the University of New Brunswick and have a degree in Biology. For the past few years I have worked on the Jolly Breeze during the summer months, then travelled to warmer climates during the winter. So far I’ve been to Southeast Asia, Costa Rica, parts of Europe, Australia, and Fiji. Where to next?
My name is Brittany and I have been working on the Jolly Breeze since the summer of 2017.
I graduated from UNB with a BSC in Environmental and Natural Resource Management. I am passionate about my job, the ocean and conservation… and of course whales!
I am a local and have grown up surrounded by the Bay of Fundy and happy I have found a job that has incorporated doing what I love and the place I love as well.
What is a cetacean’s favourite TV show?… Whale of Fortune.
I received a BA degree from Trent University, in Peterborough Ontario and graduated in Psychology and Environmental Studies, while at the same time broadening my education in other areas, women’s studies, philosophy, cultural studies, and biology. I am a naturalist by heart, an artist, musician, and trained yoga instructor and have a great passion for wildlife, interconnectedness, and life itself, encouraging others to take risks, embrace the moment, learn and experience as much as one can. For the past few years I have been working as an Education Assistant in the colder months, and put everything aside for her love for the whales and sea-life working on the Jolly Breeze in the warmer months. Although I grew up in Southern Ontario, I feel right at home next to the Sea in St Andrews when I came here for a summer job in 2005 and have had a hard time leaving ever since.
I joined the Jolly Breeze team as a biologist in the fall of 2013 and hold a B.Sc from the University of New Brunswick Saint John (majoring in Marine Biology) and also a diploma in Wildlife Conservation Technology from Holland College. My favourite thing about working on the Jolly Breeze is meeting people from all over the world and being able to chat endlessly about my favourite subject: whales.
Although I work full time with an environmental not-for-profit, I make sure that I still come down on the weekends to share my enthusiasm about marine mammals and other marine life to the visitors of St. Andrews.
Hi, I’m Maya and I graduated from the Biology program at the University of British Columbia.
Recently, I was a part of a marine ecology field course and got to study marine organisms all along the west coast from BC to California! I have spent most of my life snorkeling and exploring marine life all across the globe and recently became a certified diver, getting the chance to get up close to sea turtles, stingrays and sharks! I grew up in New Brunswick and have spent several summers on the bay of Fundy, so I am looking forward to getting back to such a special place and working with the Jolly Breeze!
I am Bob, Dad or what ever title fits!
I am one of the Engineers and story-tellers on the Jolly Breeze. I have been a member of the crew from inception of the business but now, being in my eightieth year, I am on the brink of retirement (but they won’t let me retire…).
In my earlier years, I was an entrepreneur – upholsterer, short order cook, furniture store owner and restauranteur. In retirement I have become a wood carver specializing in birds. I also teach woodcarving, having approximately 20 students, who range in age from 14 to nearly 80. During the summer months I have been happy to assist my daughter-in-law Joanne and son Rob with their whale watching and nature observing business.
I’m Rika (pronounced Rick-a).
I am a Mi’gmaq BioPsychologist from Saint John, NB with a passion for fish, marine mammals and hands on education. I am especially fond of sharks (siglati’g), whales (put’paq) and Joanne’s Split Pea Soup! This is my third year as a biologist on the boats. You’ll be hard pressed to find me on dry land while there are whales to be watched (and soup to be had) in the Bay of Fundy.
Come armed with your best oceanic and aquatic puns; I love a porpoiseful pun. Especially if it’s whaley good! And don’t forget to bring a coat.
On board everybody!
My name is Priscilla, but friends call me ‘’Cissy’’. I am passionate about avial fauna and marine biology. As a kid, I always looked for birds, frogs and squirrels to observe and later photograph them. My heart melted the first time I saw a whale! I went from ornithology (birds!) to marine biology. I was a marine biology guide-interpreter and educator in Quebec, harvesting organisms for touch tanks and sharing my passion for whales and research, before I found paradise on earth, St-Andrews-by-the-sea! Being part of the Jolly Breeze crew is a dream come true! Minke whales and green sea urchins are my personal favourites! I am a young soul biologist, I am still amazed no matter what marine mammal comes out to surprise us.
Whales, seals, rocks, birds, algae, sharks, invertebrates! Bring on your questions, English or French, I will have an answer for you or I will find it! Come and share my enthusiasm and we’ll discover all the natural treasures of the Fundy bay!
Bienvenue à bord!
Je me nomme Priscilla, mais on me surnomme ‘’Cissy’’. Je suis passionnée par la faune aviaire et la biologie marine. Enfant, j’ai toujours poursuivis oiseaux, grenouilles et écureuils en espérant les observer et plus tard les photographier. Mon coeur a fondu quand j’ai vu ma première baleine! D’ornithologue (oiseaux!), je me suis alors spécialisée en biologie marine. J’étais guide-interprète et éducatrice sur la biologie marine au Québec, récoltant des organismes pour les bassins tactiles et partageant ma passion pour les baleines et la recherche, avant de me téléporter jusqu’à ce paradis sur Terre qu’est St-Andrews-by-the-sea! Faire parti de l’équipage du Jolly Breeze est pour moi un rêve devenue réalité! Les petits rorquals et les oursins verts sont mes favoris! Biologiste au coeur d’enfant, je continue de m’émerveiller à chaque apparition de mammifère marin!
Baleines, phoques, roches, oiseaux, algues, requins, invertébrés! Posez-moi vos questions! Anglais comme français, je saurai vous répondre.
Partons à l’aventure! Venez partager mon enthousiasme et allons découvrir tout ces trésors naturels!
Even though I am the owner’s mother, I go on every trip I can to see whales. Have had some amazing experiences like finding three humpback whales sleeping. They stayed with us for two hours!
The Jolly Breeze is a wonderful teaching opportunity for children and adults to learn about these magnificent creatures. In the picture I am holding a beautifully carved whale made by Randy Russell (one of the employees), and given to me on my 75th birthday.
Hey! My name is Amelia Welch.
I have been a crew member aboard the Jolly Breeze since 2013 and I absolutely love my job. I have grown up in St Andrews by the Sea my whole life. From a very young age, I was introduced to the Bay of Fundy as my parents were previous owners of a whale watching vessel. I have a huge passion for marine wildlife and the ocean as a whole and can’t wait to share my knowledge with you!
My name is Katherine and I started working as a Marine Biologist for the Jolly Breeze in 2015.
I earned my degree in Marine Biology from the University of New Brunswick. In the winter, I work in the school system however, my heart still draws me to return to the Jolly Breeze during the summer season to get back out on the water to visit with my whale ‘family’. I love the Tall Ship with all that it has to offer guests of all ages and I hope to be able to share my knowledge and enthusiasm with you as well.
Hello, My name is David and I’m one of the captains of the Jolly Breeze Tall Ship.
I’m from Halifax, Nova Scotia. My grandfather was a fisherman and I grew up wanting to work on the water like him and my cousins who followed in his footsteps. I’ve worked on Tall Ships, supply vessels, seismic research vessels and fishing boats. A few years ago I got my captain’s licence for the jolly breeze and have been very grateful for the opportunity to drive such a beautiful vessel. In the off season I work on a lobster boat and during the summer I love to get out for sails on my own 26 foot sail boat. Basically you can find me on the Bay of Fundy most days of the year.
My name is Emil and I am a student at UNB Saint John studying Marine Biology. I recently took the specialized Marine Biology Semester at the Hunstman Marine Science Center in St. Andrews. I am new to New Brunswick, having transferred from Trent University in Ontario, specifically to be part of the excellent Marine Biology program here. I have been interested in all ocean creatures ever since I came to Canada in my youth, but my main focus is in studying and learning about sharks and whales. I am excited to work at Jolly Breeze where I can educate people of all ages about the magnificent wildlife that can be seen in our own backyards.
Hope to see you all this summer!
My name is Genny and my enthusiasm for marine creatures is what drives me to be on the water all summer long!
I have a degree in Biology from Mount Allison University, and even though I was born and raised in Montreal, I fell in love with the ocean when I moved to New Brunswick. I had the greatest job at the Huntsman Marine Science Centre at one point, playing with seastars all day, and feeding our two beloved seals. Since I have been sailing all my life, I moved on my sailboat for a while here in St Andrews, and soon joined the Jolly Breeze crew and fell heads over heels in love with whales and porpoises! In the winter, I am fortunate enough to be able to offer a high school environmental science class through the Ganong Nature Park. In the summer, I also run a tour company, ‘Turtle Shore Adventures’ once again sharing the very cool stories from this town to many of our guests.
Join me the next time you are in town! I enjoy sharing my passions and knowledge to all visitors, in French or English.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO SHARING OUR KNOWLEDGE AND ENTHUSIASM WITH YOU!