Adult Sail 1

Adult Sail 1

Hamilton to Port Stanley


Voyage Details


June 19 - June 22


Hamilton, ON


Port Stanley, ON


$900 + HST for ages 30+
$750 + HST for ages 19-29
$585 + HST for age 18

($300 booking deposit)

Trip Description

Brigs' adult sails are more than just a leisurely sail. You will be an active member of the ship's company, learning the ropes (literally) as well as how to steer, stand lookout, learn the names of the parts of this kind of ship, and join in essential elements of communal life on board including cooking and cleaning. No previous experience is necessary, the ship's crew will teach you everything you need to know and you will have plenty of opportunity to practice.

On Adult Sail 1, you will have the opportunity to navigate through some of Canada's famous waterways. When you sign onto the ship, you will take part in an induction that includes thorough safety briefing, getting to know the other participants and crew, learning how to live on board and the basics of how to sail the ship, all of which you will then be practicing and building on over the course of the voyage.

We will then depart from our homeport of Hamilton, known for the bustling steel industry, impressive lift-bridge, and post-apocalyptic views. On the way to Port Weller, you will practice setting sail, tacking, and getting used to life on board.

At Port Weller we dock and adjust our rigging to fit into the Welland Canal. The canal and lock system conveys huge amounts of freight on ships, between central North America and the Atlantic. The next morning we will receive a quick inspection from the Canal representatives, and then await their order to enter the locks.

That day we will be lifted roughly 327 feet (about the same height as Niagara Falls), up the Niagara Escarpment to be on a level with Lake Erie. This will take the entirety of the day, exact timing dependent on how much freighter traffic is going through the canal that day. Our goal is to end in Port Colborne before last call!

The following day will see us restore our rigging to its usual sailing position and head out onto Lake Erie. This will be an overnight passage, arriving in Port Stanley the following day or early hours of the morning, exact timing dependent on weather.


Join us as a Trainee 

As a Adult Trainee, no previous experience is required - the crew of TS Playfair will teach you everything you need to know.

There are three requirements to join our Adult Sails:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must be comfortable in and around the water and be able to swim
  • Must be physically and mentally fit to participate safely

Please view our FAQ and pre-voyage presentation. They are written with youth trainees in mind, but the general information is the same!

Please note the following:

Cost is per trainee in Canadian dollars ($CAD) and does not include HST. A deposit of $300 will be required to complete booking.

Course itineraries are approximate and subject to change according to schedule and weather conditions.

Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the vessel. 

All bookings are subject to our refund and cancellation policy

All trainees must abide by the Code of Conduct.


Interested in booking a spot on this trip? Click below!