Bytown Brigantine News and Stories
Registration for the 19th Annual Charity Golf Tournament is now open!
Registration for the 19th Annual Charity Golf Tournament which will be held on September 22, 2014 at Loch March Golf and Country Club is now...

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Registration now under way for our Adult Voyage From Quebec City to Brockville on September 6-12. For more information please don't hesitate to co...

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Come One, Come All to the Annual Pancake Breakfast!
On Saturday, December 14th, we will be hosting our Annual Pancake Breakfast. This is a time to bring everyone who likes pancakes - your family, friend...

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20th Annual Awards and Reunion Banquet
It's time to celebrate another year of reaching for new heights! The 20th Annual Awards and Reunion Banquet will take place on Saturday,...

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The Fair Jeanne Visits Brockville, Toronto & Hamilton!
The Fair Jeanne had the pleasure of taking part in three tall ships events this June. Starting in Brockville and then traveling on to Toronto and Hami...

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I've just finished posting the latest "Looking Aloft" newsletter. I've still got a few more pictures to post for the Adult Voyage article but most of the material is now online for your reading pleasure. If you've got an article or a story to contribute please contact myself or John Grahame.

Don Booker
online editor

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John Grahame: EditorIt seems like yesterday I wrote that the sailing season was here and the summer nautical activities lay ahead!! Well, as this is being written it is now late October. The training voyages on "Fair Jeanne" and "Black Jack" are done. The fall voyages on "Fair Jeanne" and "Black Jack" are over. Both vessels are dry-docked at the Rideau Canal lock at the Chateau Laurier and at Britannia Yacht Club. Winterizing of the vessels is well underway.

In brief summary, "Fair Jeanne" under the very capable command of Captain Sam Drinnan, operated basically on the St. Lawrence and the eastern end of Lake Ontario. She participated in three 1812 re-enactments and ...

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ADULT VOYAGE No. 2 August 30 – September 4, 2012 Organized by Peter Dalton, BBI Director This Adult Voyage commenced in Kingston on August 30 an...

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ADULT VOYAGE No. 1 June 12 – June 17, 2012 Organized by Peter Dalton, BBI Director Our first adult voyage of the season commenced on June 12,...

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BANQUET: On October 26, 2012, Bytown  Brigantine Inc. celebrated our Annual Awards Banquet at the Britannia Yacht Club The banquet was complete...

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Earlier this spring the following BBI people obtained positions as Captain:  Captain Christine Chesterman Captain Michael Kean C...

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Aboard "Fair Jeanne" on Lake Ontario, Summer 2011by Edward BennettAfter being awarded the chance to take part on an international sailing exchange I c...

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This is a recounting of my voyage aboard the S.V. John Laing from Dublin, Ireland to Southampton, England. My voyage was made possible by the James My...

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By John Grahame Ahoy shipmates! Here we are again sailing into the Christmas season and we are once again aboard S.T.V. "Malcolm Miller" on a passa...

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BIOGRAPHY OF CAPTAIN CHRISTINE CHESTERMAN

Christine ChestermanChristine went to “sea” (Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River) in 2006, after diligently saving up enough funds for a two week voyage on “Fair Jeanne”, our sea-going vessel. ...

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Posted in: December 2012
This article denotes the end of our newsletter number three.  It appears to be growing in size, issue by issue!  Most of what has happened...

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The activities and dates for the winter of 2012-13 have been posted on the Courses and Winter Program page. If you want to sign up (or notice problems...

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This past weekend, on Sunday, June 10th,  Britannia Yacht Club, located on the Ottawa River, celebrated its 125-year anniversary. "Black Jack" wa...

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Good day to you all! Summer and our beloved sea time is here once more! Since our February edition, much water has run under our keel.

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Here are brief biographies of two key people you will find keeping things operating in the Bytown Brigantine office. Jayme Patterson does registrar duties, and Kate Knight will be tackling the executive director functions while Mary Acton-Bond is away on maternity leave.

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Posted in: June 2012
This is a summary of the involvement of our executive director, Mary Acton-Bond, in the Bytown Brigantine programs from her start as a trainee to the present day.

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This is an article from Viki Lough who participated on a voyage on Fair Jeanne arranged through the International Exchange Programme. Read about the adventures she had in getting her and that she had while underway on the voyage from Brockville to Kingston, Ontario.

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Posted in: June 2012
This is an article from our Captain Jason McNaught about the development of high school credit course on leadership and how tall ship sail training is the perfect environment for it.

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Posted in: June 2012
This is a piece by John Grahame about how sailing ships have evolved over the years.

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Posted in: June 2012
Our editor, John Grahame, reminisces about the tall ship "Black Jack."

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Posted in: June 2012
This is the wrap-up for the second edition of the Looking Aloft newsletter.

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Black Jack was launched at the Britannia Yacht Club on Saturday May 5. The Ottawa Citizen was there and took some pictures and video. Check out the st...

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Our first issue of our e-newsletter, Looking Aloft: A Rigged for Adventure Newsletter, has just been published. Check it out or click on Looking Aloft in the menu above.

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The Ship's Log
Ahoy to all Bytown Brigantiners! Welcome to our newspaper, “Looking Aloft”. If I recall correctly, the last issue was in 2009, after the Tall Ship gathering in Halifax. Bytown Brigantine has once again rewarded this “ancient mariner” volunteer by asking me to become your paper’s new editor. I have accepted with great enthusiasm and look forward to this honour. I have never been an editor before, although I have been writing stories for a quarterly newsletter for the past two years. I am also working on my biography.

I’m looking forward to this project, with Don Booker as assistant editor and one of our directors. Don has been doing our directors’ meetings reports and minutes for several years. Also we have much help from our Executive Director, Captain Mary Acton-Bond, along with her partner, Captain Jason McNaught. We initially anticipated publishing on a monthly basis, but my intuition tells me that every two months would be more practical.

We will retain the past issues front page masthead and add additional information such as our directors’ names and positions, and also present captains and the vessels they serve on. We especially look forward to receiving articles from our trainees about their adventures (and trials!) aboard the ships and during the training exercises. Also input from parents will be greatly appreciated, along with opinions and recommendations. Presently we are hoping the new issue of “Looking Aloft” will be ready for January 2012.

On December 17, 2011, BBI sponsored their annual Pancake Breakfast, to which all officers, trainees, parents and volunteers were invited. Naturally, it was a great success, with our Captains back from their sojourn in Nova Scotia.

Our winter program is now well underway. (Please see report from Christine, our Winter Program Coordinator)

We are looking forward to your participation.

W/O John H. Grahame
Editor

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Posted in: January 2012
the latest news Our esteemed and notable Captain Kathryn Whittaker has recently accomplished her First Mate Unlimited certificate and now is applyin...

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A Parent’s Perspective Is it really only three years ago? Back in the summer of 2008 I was a harried parent, looking for a way to keep my energ...

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ASTO Exchange to OYT South’s John Laing by Christine Chesterman This summer I was lucky enough to travel to Ireland and join the UK sail trai...

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2012 Bytown Brigantine and Bytown Brigantine Academy Programs As the Bytown Brigantine organization grows, so too does our depth of programming. Th...

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As I write this, the winter program convoy is underway to Kingston for the weekend. Our early-morning venture is a result of a massive winter storm th...

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Ahoy fellow Bytown Brigantiners! The story I am about to tell you is my first notable sea story aboard “Fair Jeanne”. It was the late ...

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By Jason McNaught Program Director, Bytown Brigantine As the ship tossed itself up the steep chop building quickly off the coast of Toronto, a numbe...

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Posted in: January 2012
Well, folks, this concludes our first edition of “Looking Aloft” since 2009. I wish to thank our trainees, officers, and parents for their written submissions and pictures that form this edition. Due to volume, articles submitted but not published this time will appear in future editions.

Bytown Brigantine Inc. is very proud to have a newspaper again. Due to heavy work load in the head office, and our enlarged and extensive programs, there was not time to keep up a newspaper. Some of these new programs are kayaking and SCUBA diving, which have been well received, as well as the extended winter program.

This past year we welcomed two English trainees, Viki Lough and Edward Bennett, and sent our own Christine Chesterman to Ireland for her Irish Sea voyage to Scotland aboard the “John Laing”. Christine will be our new Captain of “Black Jack” for 2012.

This summer season will see our Great Lakes program taking place in re-enactments of the American/Canadian War of 1812. More information will be forthcoming in future issues.

This newspaper will be published on our website. However, one issue per year (probably the Christmas issue) will possibly be printed as a newspaper, as in previous editions.

So keep the stories coming, either fact or fiction, along with pictures and we will include them in Looking Aloft.

As your new editor, I wish you all a good season to come, and a fair wind and following sea!

John H. Grahame
Editor
January, 2012

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Last weekend on Black Jack we were lucky to have both beautiful fall weather and an amazing group of trainees. We had a small team of Rangers from the...

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This weekend past we had the leadership sail aboard Black Jack. It's the first time we have run a program like this and it was a great success! The pu...

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January 30 & 31, 2010

This past Bytown weekend kicked off with an early morning of shop work for some and CYA Coastal Navigation for others, and by lunchtime there were two spars with a fresh coating of Cetol and several sailors who were ready to plot positions off of anything they could find. The afternoon was more shop work for everyone, and by the time dinner rolled around everyone was ready to kick back and relax...with a trip to the bowling alley. No final tally of points was taken, but without a doubt the youth sailors swept the game.

Sunday started out even earlier than the previous day, with the majority of the junior crew vying for first in the days level training game of Flagtionary. For the rest, the struggle to put the course yard back together was more than enough work to occupy the hours between breakfast and lunch.

After lunch Albert Rolf, one of our volunteers, came into the shop to give a small engine repair class. We started off with some troubleshooting possibilities that could happen on our outboard engines which we use every day at the island, from the whalers to the small dinghies. We also learned about both types of outboard engines which we use, for example a two-stroke versus a four-stroke. We then split up into smaller groups and had to get our hands dirty! We changed the oil, spark plugs, gaskets, and any other miscellaneous parts that needed to be fixed or changed. Michael Rolf and his group dissected an older engine nicknamed the (justeeter vanwolvin) to try to bring it back to life, one more time. After many laughs and a small quiz, we ended another great weekend at Bytown!! Can't wait for the next one :)

Justin Thibault and Sophie Wolvin

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Hi there everyone,

Happy New Year to you all, I hope 2010 has been good to everyone and you are not working too hard. Over the past month or so I have run into a number of you and have enjoyed hearing where you are and what you have been up to. BBI alumni are everywhere! It’s so crazy! Our alumni are doing everything from owning their own restaurants, working on helicopters, sailing in the Navy or Coast Guard, as social workers or working for all levels of government. Whatever BBI crew are doing, they seem to be excelling in their field and look back at their days at BBI with fond memories (most of ‘em, anyway J ).

I am writing with two things in mind; first is a remainder that we are looking for a quick write up about yourself and what you are doing now…and how your time at BBI might have helped you along the way. We would like to have your submission by February 5, 2010.

The email list that I have is very limited as the contacts we have here in the office for some of you have long become obsolete. Could you please send this email to anyone who used to be a part of the program and spread the word that we are looking for any and all alumni to touch base and let us know what they have been up to and how BBI might have helped them along the way.

The second thing I was thinking is that we should organize a BBI alumni reunion. I am not sure how many of you would be interested in that, but please let me know what you think. We tried to have an alumni sail, but it seems like it might be better to simply start with some kind of dinner or lunch as everyone is busy these days and people have a difficult time committing a whole weekend. Please let me know what you think as I know we are all growing up, getting real life jobs, getting married, getting divorced, having kids etc…but I think it would be nice to spend an evening with our old shipmates and catch up.

I sincerely hope to hear from all of you soon!

Cheers,
Mary

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Today we took the dingy to an underground parking garage. We had some trouble with the wiring but it eventually worked out. Last weekend we took Black Jack's course yard down to bare wood and began to refinish it.

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Chrs Patterson sent in a message today letting us know that there is a beautiful picture of Fair Jeanne on page 39 on teh December issue of Sail Magazine. If you get a chance to check it out we would love to see a copy.

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Kate Van Welter and Justin Thibault ran a very successful work party over the weekend. They had a very eager group of volunteers helping them all weekend. Everyone's spriits remaind high even though mother nature was really throwing a couple of curve balls with the weather. Thanks to everyone who came out it is wonderful to see such a dedicated group of young people pull together to get the job done.

Well done and thanks again to everyone who helped out.

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The people at BBI will soon be flying off to Cleveland to attend the American Sail Training Association (ASTA) conference. Right now the Black Jack has been winterized and she is awaiting her cover before the snow fall (hopefully). The Fair Jeanne is resting at her dry dock berth in the Rideau locks in downtown Ottawa and will also be covered soon. Putting both these ships to bed each winter is a lot of work and I hope that sometime soon the Fair Jeanne will be able to set sail south once again- to warmth, sandy beaches and palm trees. The Black Jack won't be finding palm trees on her stretch of the Ottawa River anytime soon, but she's a lot easier to put to bed for the winter. Fair Jeanne, on the other hand, was broken into no less than 4 times last winter, despite the fact that we have a security system onboard. It became a regular routine last year to get a call in the middle of the night, hurry as fast as we could down the highway and meet the police...but unfortunately, we were usually there before the police arrived...in our very intimidating pajamas and small jelly-bean shaped car- a force to be reckoned with!

We are hiring our crew for the 2010 sailing season this month. I expect a lot of crew to return and I am glad- because they are great at what they do. It's a rare combination to be good sailors and good teachers, but they have what it takes.

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Fair Jeanne is in the newest Great Lake Swimmers music video Palmistry that was shot earlier this fall. Check it out here:



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A summary of ports of call made by Fair Jeanne during the very busy summer of 2009.

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This week 17 of Bytown Brigantine’s finest participants gathered together to spend a fun filled week of adventures and excitement. The group pro...

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January 30 & 31, 2010 This past Bytown weekend kicked off with an early morning of shop work for some and CYA Coastal Navigation for others, an...

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Hi there everyone, Happy New Year to you all, I hope 2010 has been good to everyone and you are not working too hard. Over the past month or so I ...

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The people at BBI will soon be flying off to Cleveland to attend the American Sail Training Association (ASTA) conference. Right now the Black Jack ha...

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This weekend was a great one for Black Jack! Friday after the camp ended she headed to Britannia Bay where she was greeted by the Mayor to pick up the...

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After a great visit to Pugwash, NS, where she spent the weekend, the Fair Jeanne made her way to Summerside yesterday. When the boat came alongside, t...

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Fair Jeanne found her berth not far from H.M.C.S. SACKVILLE, near the Maritime Museum, and got settled in for the decktours and other goings on. The T...

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It was a great day of deck tours in Halifax for the Tall Ships Nova Scotia 2009 festival. The weather did not start out very nice: The day dawned cool...

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It was not a day well suited to celebrating the establishment of such an important occasion. The re-enactment activities for the 25oth anniversary of ...

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Hello Everyone: The crew of the Whaler Expedition are having a wonderful time in Nova Scotia. Thursday and Friday were spent in Lunenburg. Friday...

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009 Today I spent the day between the Fair Jeanne and the Office.  A team from Fuller construction is working like ...

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After hosting two of my closest friends from Nova Scotia for the week, I was dead tired.  That being said, I began the evening at the BBI Office ...

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Thursday, March 26, 2009 March Break Camp 2009 BBI March Break Camp 2009 was warmer and a lot less snowy compared to last year.   Bo...

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Aye, lad, and here ye go... It was with some trepidation that I boarded the "Fair Jeanne" that Sunday morning in September. No real sailing expe...

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The adventure began Sunday evening with a ‘meet & greet’ wine & cheese social held in the wardroom. Each trainee was assigned to a...

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