Spirit of BermudaSpirit of Bermuda is a National Icon, symbolizing our maritime heritage. Sailing aboard Spirit is an experience of a lifetime, and also helps to ensure sustainability of our youth development programme.

Changing Lives, One Voyage at a Time, Over Time

The purpose-built sail training vessel is based on civilian schooners constructed by Bermudians, enslaved and free, in the 19th century prior to the Emancipation of Slavery in the British Empire. The original hull shape was adapted from the Bermuda-built RN Shamrock class, fast Dispatch and patrol vessels that ran from the RN Dockyard northwest to Halifax and southwest to Jamaica to contain the rebel colonies. The Bermuda rig was innovated on the coastal sloops that abounded between the 17th and early 19th centuries. Faced with impassable pathways ashore, locals had evolved the lateen rig to short-tack upwind around the island and to the fishing banks windward of Bermuda.

Bermuda Sloop Foundation recognizes that children learn differently, and many of Bermuda’s youths do not acquire information optimally in a traditional classroom setting.

On board our floating classroom, Spirit of Bermuda, we provide character and educational development for these and other Bermuda youth using the unique attributes of structured experiential learning through sail training (learning by doing).

By providing this alternative learning environment, we strive to increase their positive life outcomes, and to create awareness of and pathways to technical, mechanical and marine-related careers for young Bermudians.

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Pride of BaltimorePride of Baltimore II was commissioned in 1988 as a sailing memorial to her immediate predecessor, the original Pride of Baltimore, which was tragically sunk by a white squall off Puerto Rico in 1986, taking her captain and three crew members down with her. Both ships were built in the Inner Harbor as reproductions of 1812-era topsail schooners, the type of vessels, called Baltimore Clippers, that helped America win the War of 1812 and finally secure its freedom. Since her commissioning, Pride II has sailed nearly 200,000 miles, and visited over 200 ports in 40 countries in North, South, and Central America, Europe, and Asia.

Our mission is to promote historical maritime education, foster economic development and tourism, and represent the people of Maryland in ports throughout the world.

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AVH II

Alexander von Humboldt II (Alex- 2) has been sailing the high seas since 2011. It is a civilian square-rigger offering Tall Ship voyages for everyone, regardless of previous experience. All you need is an open mind and a spirit of adventure! The ship II has been built with a traditional barque rigg. That means the fore and main mast carry square sails while the sternmost, the mizzen mast, carries gaff sails. In total, Alex-2 is driven by 24 sails with a sail area of 1.360 m2. In favourable wind conditions, she runs up to 14 knots. And if the wind does not blow at all, a 750 horsepower engine helps to reach the next port in time.
While the rigging resembles that of a windjammer built 150 years ago, the safety and rescue equipment of the ship is absolutely up to date. Radar, radio and satellite communication, electronic charts, life rafts, two high speed dinghys and many things more make her a modern ship and easy to navigate.

Alex-2 is owned and operated by Deutsche Stiftung Sail Training (German Sail Training Foundation / DSST), based in the barque’s homeport Bremerhaven. DSST is a non-profit, charitable organization. Its aims are to provide traditional high seas sailing for people of all ages, but especially for young men and women aged 15-25.

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Spirit of SCThe Spirit of South Carolina is dedicated to offering a unique educational platform for the youth of the Palmetto State. The hands-on programs offered aboard are designed to challenge and engage students while promoting responsibility, teamwork, and stewardship for both their community and their environment. Programs are designed around an interdisciplinary curriculum that focuses on math and science with extensions into the history and literature of South Carolina and our relationship to the sea.

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Amerigo VespucciSTS Amerigo Vespucci belongs to the Italian Navy. She was launched on 22nd February 1931 and commissioned in June, same year. The ship was built to resemble a wooden warship of the early nineteenth century (and, because of this, the two white stripes on black hull recall the two lines of guns): nevertheless, the hull is made of steel riveted plates, as well as the two lowest thirds and the three lowest yards of each mast.

Amerigo Vespucci was the second ship of a class of two: the first one, Cristoforo Colombo, was surrendered to the Soviet Union after World War II, as war damages compensation.

Amerigo Vespucci is a full square rigged ship; she usually carries 24 sails made of canvas (2 to 4 mm.) for a total surface of 2.600 square meters. The overall length is 101 meters (70 meters on waterline), the main-mast is 54 meters tall above the sea level, the maximum draught is 7,30 meters, the displacement is 4.100 tons. She is fitted with an auxiliary engine – an electric motor driven by two diesel-generators, single propeller – which allows a maximum speed of 10 knots; she also carries 11 boats, four of which fitted with sails and oars, used by cadets as part of their seamanship training. The permanent crew is 270, plus up to 150 cadets.

Amerigo Vespucci carries out mainly two kinds of activity: training campaigns for Naval Academy cadets and showing-the-flag in support of national diplomacy. She began her career as Training Ship for the Naval Academy cadets soon after the launch. From 1931 till 2005, in addition to many short cruises around Italy, she has carried out 71 training campaigns in the Mediterranean Sea, Northern Europe and Atlantic Ocean; in 2002/2003 she sailed around the world, spending several months in New Zealand on the occasion of America’s Cup. On board, the cadets learn the basic rules "to live at sea", as well as all the specific teachings in seamanship, navigation, operation of drive systems and auxiliaries, management of logistics, administrative and medical issues.

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Picton CastlePicton Castle was one of five similar trawlers built by Cochrane’s in Selby, all named after British castles. (The actual Picton Castle in Wales is still standing.) The other ‘castle’ ships have all been taken out of service.

Picton Castle went through World War II as a mine sweeper in the British Royal Navy. In 1955, she was sold to Norwegian owners and overhauled to be powered by a diesel engine and other auxiliary engines. Under the name Dolmar, she freighted up and down the Norwegian coast for years, going as far as Russia and Portugal. She was taken out of service in the late 1980s when railroads made her uneconomical.

The captain, Dan Moreland, bought her in 1993 in Vedevegan, Norway, had her checked out, repainted and readied for the transatlantic trip and with a small crew, motored her across the Atlantic in April 1994. For two years she was docked at South Street Seaport in New York, as the Windward Isles Sailing Ship Company was formed and funds were invested to transform this ship into a beautiful square-rigger.

During 1996 to 1997, she was brought to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, home of the traditional fishing schooner fleet off the Grand Banks. There she was completely overhauled and refitted as a sailing vessel, and once again named Picton Castle. Her inaugural global voyage as a sailing vessel began on 25 November 1997 in Lunenburg and ended at the same port in June 1999. She carries 12 to 16 professional crew and 26 to 30 paying amateur crew.

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Wylde SwanThe hull of Wylde Swan started life as a ‘herring hunter’ in the 1920’s, working off the Shetland Islands – a ship built for speed, ferrying the fresh catch from fishing grounds to the markets ashore. The Jemo, as she was originally called, was originally built by HDW in Kiel.

The ship was decommissioned sometime in the late 20th century and had changed ownership several times before Willem Slighting saw in her underwater shape the makings of a fast sailing ship. Her sleek underwater hull is now part of a rugged sailing ship, reminiscent of the large schooner yachts of the 1900 era. She underwent a rebuild in 2010.

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Blue Clipper

Blue Clipper is the newest addition to the Maybe Sailing fleet. On board Blue Clipper, you'll experience sail training with an edge of luxury. A very comfortable ship to sail, with plenty of comfortable places to relax and enjoy your voyage. You'll share your cabin with one other person and have your own en-suite bathroom. When you step on board you immediately become a member of the crew, and are involved in every aspect of life on board, from hoisting sails, steering the ship, keeping watch and helping out in the galley. You may join TS Blue Clipper not knowing anybody else, but you'll leave as part of the family.

At Maybe Sailing, we have our own sail training programme, which our experienced crew will help you work through on your voyage. This includes everything from hoisting sails, trimming sails, steering the ship and navigating, to learning basic sailing knots and learning about the weather. Your voyage always begins with safety briefs and deck briefs, so you understand all the emergency procedures on board. At Maybe Sailing, we are also a registered RYA training school, so can provide Start Yachting, Competent Crew, and Watch Leader qualifications. You can also complete your shore-based theory qualifications with us! We are also a registered Activity Provider for DofE, and you can complete your DofE Gold Residential on board TS Blue Clipper.

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Gulden LeeuwGulden Leeuw is a big, sturdy sailing ship reminiscent of the 30’s and with the deck layout of a classic yacht.  This ship was built in 1937 on behalf of the Danish Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. The DANA was designed and built as an ocean-going ice class ship. During her period of service for the Danish government, she was frequently used for marine biological research, not only in Danish waters but also in international ones. The ship has a rich history. She sailed as a researcher, supplier and even as a training ship for a Danish nautical college.

In the past two years the ship has been converted into a three-masted topsail schooner, so the foremast is also yard-rigged. This very versatile rigging combines the advantages of a square-sailed ship and a fore-and-aft rigged ship.

The ‘Gulden Leeuw’ offers space for up to 200 passengers on day sails and for 56 trainees on longer voyages. We are passionate about sail training and are eager to ‘show you the ropes’. On board our ship we appreciate team spirit.

The ship has a luxurious flair and is therefore also very suitable for corporate hospitality, seminars and daytrips.

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OosterscheldeOosterschelde was built in the Netherlands in 1918 at the order of the Rotterdam shipping company HAAS and is the last remaining representative of the large fleet of schooners that sailed under the Dutch flag at the beginning of the 20th century. Her name is derived from the eastern part of the Schelde river that flows from France through Belgium and the Netherlands to the sea and Oosterschelde is the largest restored Dutch sailing ship, which is a monument for Dutch shipbuilding and maritime navigation under sail.

As a freighter Oosterschelde carried some hundred tons of cargo including bricks, herring and bananas. In 1921, the ship was sold, changing hands three times and converted to a motor-sailer before being bought in 1988 and restored to her former glory.

The Rotterdam Sailing Ship Foundation was instituted to support restoration through fund raising and began work in 1990. The ship was officially launched in 1992 by Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet. In 2000, Oosterschelde raced from Boston to Amsterdam in the Tall Ships 2000 race.

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Atyla

The wooden schooner Atyla was built by hand in Spain between 1980 and 1984. She was designed to look like the sailing vessels from the 1800s and built with the intention of circumnavigating the earth and then becoming a training ship.
Although she never did that trip and instead sailed around Spain for almost all her life, in 2013 the nephew of the original owner took over and decided to finally dedicate her to international sail training.

Atyla now a proper sail training ship where the official language on board is English and her trips are all around Europe. They even have a watch leader program to help youngsters practise leadership. Her captain Rodrigo and the rest of the crew are well known among the tall ships fleet for their friendly and outgoing nature. Atyla won the Friendship Trophy in the Black Sea Regatta 2014.

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Jolie BriseJolie Brise, with her distinctive red sails, is a gaff-rigged pilot cutter that was built in La Havre in 1913. She is still the only vessel to have won the Fastnet three times – in 1925, 1929 and 1930. Her most noted achievement was her rescue of all but one of the crew of the schooner, Adriana, which caught fire during the 1932 Bermuda Race.

Owned by Dauntsey’s School Sailing Club, Jolie Brise is a regular competitor in the Tall Ships Races. She participated in the Tall Ships 2000 Race and the Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge in 2009.

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HMCS OrioleThe Oriole was originally laid down as the Oriole IV, the successor in a line of vessels named Oriole that were in service as the flagships for the Royal Canadian Yacht Club of Toronto, Ontario. During World War II, she was chartered by the Royal Canadian Navy as a training vessel. In 1949 she was again chartered by the Navy as a new recruit training vessel, and subsequently moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1951. She was officially commissioned HMCS Oriole 19 June 1952, and two years later the navy moved her to CFB Esquimalt to become a training vessel to the Naval Officer Training Centre.

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SorcaSorca was built in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia by Murray Stevens. Four generations of the Stevens family have handcrafted Nova Scotia schooners – from Amos Stevens at the beginning of the century to his great-grandson Murray. The Stevens have earned a reputation of being world-class boat builders and have been described as building boats that have become an extension of themselves.

Originally built in 1978, Sorca (Gaelic word meaning “brightness”) was extensively upgraded at Berthon’s shipyard in the UK and is well proven in both coastal cruising and numerous safe, speedy trans-Atlantic crossings. In 1984 she sailed as a Tall Ship in the trans-Atlantic race from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Liverpool, England. Sorca returns as a Tall Ship vessel under the ownership of Think Sail Inc.

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WhenAndIfWhen General (Then colonel) George S. Patton commissioned one of America's greatest designers to conceive him a boat to be build by F.F Pendleton of Wiscasset, Maine in 1939, he had the ultimate ambition in mind: "When the war is over, and If I live through it, Bea and I are going to sail her around the world."

The designer, John Alden, had made his name as a builder of elite racing schooners that retained all their beauty and style while constantly winning the premier ocean races of the time. When and If was a new idea: a yacht which would maintain all her classic beauty and hold her own in recreational racing whilst being sturdy, comfortable, safe and luxurious enough to take a family on the voyage of a lifetime.

Long after the General's untimely death in 1945, When and If sails on. Maintained in impeccable condition, When And If remained in the Patton family until 1972 when the General’s nephew, Neal Ayer, made a gift of the vessel to the Landmark school in Prides Crossing, MA where she was the centrepiece of a sail training program for dyslexic children.

In a storm in November of 1990, When And If’s mooring line broke and she was driven onto the rocks. Although the damage was extensive, the structural integrity of the ship was unaffected. At that time, When And If passed back into private ownership, and over the course of the next three years she was painstakingly rebuilt. In June of 1994 she was re-launched. Speaking on that occasion, renowned broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite praised both her wonderful strength as well as the great work of Shipwrights Gannon and Benjamin in Vineyard Haven, MA - the yard that brought her back to life.
Spending the next 17 years cruising the coast of the U.S. and occasionally racing in classic yacht regattas, the When And If turned heads wherever she went.

Early in 2012 Doug Hazlitt, well known in yachting circles for his complete restoration of another famous Alden schooner, Malabar X, purchased the When And If with plans to return the vessel to its original and Bristol condition.

Following an extensive two-year restoration When and If is back in all her glory and ready for you to come and sail her away!

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Peter von Danzig“Peter von Danzig” is a 55ft sloop designed by Georg Nissen and built by Thyssen Nordseewerke in Emden, Germany. He (since 1936 the club refers to his flagship in the male form) is owned and operated by the Akademischer Segler Verein in Kiel (ASV), a student run sailing club affiliated with Kiel University. The mission of the 1910 founded club is to introduce students to blue-water sailing and teach them life-lessons no classroom can provide.

“PvD” is the second club flagship bearing this traditional name. The first “Peter” was built for the 1936 New York to Hamburg race and afterwards participated in many Tall Ships’ Races since the 1960s as well as the first Whitbread Round the World Race in 1972/73.

In 1992 the new “Peter von Danzig” started his life at the ASV making his maiden voyage across the Atlantic during the Columbus Race’ 92. Since then the students from Kiel sailed him in various journeys including the Fastnet Race, multiple North Sea races as well as a cruise to Greenland. In 1996/97 more than 100 students sailed “Peter von Danzig” for more than a year participating in the multiple legs of the Hong Kong Challenge Round the World Race. After sailing in the Tall Ships 2000 to Boston and Halifax, the 2002 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers and the 2003 Newport-Hamburg race, the 2009 Atlantic Challenge, the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta is the adventure of a lifetime for a new generation of students.

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Regina GermaniaRegina-Germania was built in 1980 in Hamburg, Germany. Her hull is made of steel and once the outside of the vessel was complete, the owner, Erich Herrman, and his family fitted out the interior taking four years to do so.

She was completed and launched in 1984 and since 1991 has regularly taken part in The Tall Ships Races. She sails with a crew of six including the captain.

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Rona IIRona II, an Oyster 68, is one of three vessels operated by the Rona Sailing Project. Rona II was built in 1991 and since then has become one of the hardest working and most resilient Oyster yachts in the world. She has taken more than 7,200 young people sailing, has completed 21 international and three Transatlantic Tall Ships campaigns, and has sailed more than 250,000nm in her career to date. Rona II is the Rona Sailing Project’s flagship and is central to the operation. With a financial and in-kind assistance alongside many voluntary hours looking after her, Rona is in excellent condition and is expected to continue taking people to sea on life-changing voyages for many years to come.

One of the most unique aspects of the organisation, which is key to its longevity and success is that the organisation is volunteer-based. Apart from the four dedicated full-time staff who oversee the management of the organisation, the RSP depends on more than 300 volunteers to run the voyages, and to maintain and refit the vessels. The richness of the organisation today is found in the diverse backgrounds and skills of the volunteers, ranging from health and maritime professionals to students. Our skippers are all experienced and highly qualified. Most of our volunteer Afterguard joined the project as trainees, and 60% of our 62 skippers joined this way.

Key to the ethos of the organisation is equality of access. We don’t specifically target any one group of young people or adults, and we firmly believe in the value of mixing people of different backgrounds and circumstances, which adds a depth of incomparable expertise, especially for young people but also for vulnerable adults.

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Spaniel 3Spaniel was designed and built in Poland in 1979 as a single handed ocean racer. In 1980, Polish Yachtsmen took line honours in the Ostar 80 race after a 19 day Westward Atlantic Crossing. From 1982-97, the Academy of Science used her for research and occasional cruising and racing.

Privately owned since 1997, Spaniel is engaged in Sail Training for Latvian youngsters and enjoyed successes in the many of the Tall Ships Races.

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VahineVahine is a legendary Nautors Swan 65. The first ever series-built vessel to win the famous Whitbread Round the World Race. She is fast and is a very safe vessel. S/Y Vahine sails about 42,000 nautical miles a year, spending the wintertime in Caribbean waters. She sails home to Finland for the summer and turns back to the south in the fall/autumn.

Vahine is a comfortable vessel with two-person cabins and one four-person cabin. Her ketch rig, with both a gennaker and a spinnaker, gives a fair possibility for many sail drills, combined with speeds up to more than 10 knots. It is simply a thrill to sail her. For international sail training voyages, we can offer a mixed crew with very good English language skills. They are very experienced and competent. Our curriculum “Learn by Sailing” is an effective method for both learning to sail and navigate and to improve your social and leaderships skills.

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