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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 of La Havre, 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.
The “Jolly Breeze of St. Andrews” is fully Transport Canada approved and undergoes a thorough inspection every year. She is licensed to carry up to 45 passengers. She is equipped with a super low emission engine which is used during the trip along with the sails which allows her to be more environmentally sensitive than most other vessels in the industry. Captain and crew must be qualified personnel in their respective professions with specific training course qualifications. There are both adult and child life jackets on board as well as life rafts and an emergency position beacon. There is a solid steel guard rail up the adult hip and a life line above that, allowing people to walk around freely on the decks.
She is equipped with modern safety systems and advanced navigational tools.
Longer trips at 3.5 hours ensures there is adequate time to reach the feeding grounds of the whales. The engine plus sails allows for a smooth quiet ride, however, if the whales are feeding in one area, then the engine may be turned off to allow for a sailing adventure, wind permitting of course.
From the moment you board our floating home, your comfort, safety and enjoyment is our goal.
Your Hosts, Joanne and Robert Carney, purchased the Jolly Breeze in 2004.
we are able to combine three of our biggest loves… Natural Wonders, Sailing Ships and Smiling People.