The Pacific Swift (pictured here in 2016) sailed into Haida Gwaii’s harbour earlier this week and will be around for residents to marvel at until Aug. 8. (photo courtesy of SALTS)

Young sailors voyage onto the coast of Haida Gwaii

28 youth voyaged between Port Hardy and Queen Charlotte

A ship carrying young sailing trainees voyaged into Haida Gwaii’s harbour earlier last week.

The Sail and Life Training Society ‘s (S.A.L.T.S.) tall ship Pacific Swift and its trainees arrived at the Queen Charlotte Dock on Aug. 4 and will remain there until Aug. 8.

S.A.L.T.S. operates the ship out of Victoria and teaches youth between the ages of 13-25 to sail. Pacific Swift was voyaging with 28 youth between Port Hardy and Haida Gwaii on a 10-day summer sail training voyage.

READ MORE: From cardboard to cardboat: Prince Rupert and Haida Gwaii sea cadets compete at Seafest

The Pacific Swift (pictured here off of Haida Gwaii in 2017) sailed into the harbour earlier this week and will be around for residents to marvel at until Aug. 8. (photo courtesy of SALTS)

“Before docking in Queen Charlotte, trainees participated in beach clean-ups around the area and were welcomed by local Haida watchmen who shared stories and artwork with the youth,” S.A.L.T.S. stated.

For many trainees this was their first time experiencing remote BC islands the Great Bear Rainforest.

While on the trip, they learned all aspects of sailing the ship such as handling sails, steering the wheel, climbing the rigging, staying on anchor watch at night. When not working, they even learned about shipboard life from storytelling and singing.

The Pacific Swift was built during Expo ’86 and currently operates as a sail training vessel.

READ MORE: Fishing boat ‘Haida Legend’ sinks off Langara Island

The Pacific Swift (pictured here off of Haida Gwaii in 2017) sailed into the harbour earlier this week and will be around for residents to marvel at until Aug. 8. (photo courtesy of SALTS)


Jenna Cocullo | Journalist
Jenna Cocullo 
Send Jenna email
Like the Haida Gwaii Observer on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Climate change, economy and reconciliation take centre stage at Oct. 15 All-Candidates Forum

Six of the eight candidates were in attendance at the Smithers event

Slow down for students: School zone speeds now in effect

RCMP will be making sure drivers keep it at 30 km/h or less, with heavy fines for breaking the law

Queen Charlotte fire hall is a go

Start of construction marked with groundbreaking ceremony

NCRD Board turns attention to Haida Gwaii

Fishing concerns, recreation commission, and Sandspit festival all receive focus

Scheer, Trudeau, Singh haggle over potential minority government outcome

If you believe the polls, it appears the Liberals and Conservatives are neck-and-neck

Canucks beat Stanley Cup champs 4-3 in a shootout

Leivo nets winner, Vancouver dumps St. Louis for fourth straight win

‘The more you test, the more you find’: Beef recalls a sign of success, experts say

Despite appearances, experts say a recent rise in major recalls is not a sign of food supply problems

Japanese buyer expands wood pellet contract with B.C.’s Pinnacle

Mitsui and Co. increases contract with Interior energy producer

ELECTION 2019: Have Justin Trudeau’s Liberals really cut middle-class taxes?

Conservative Andrew Scheer vows to cut bottom bracket, NDP’s Jagmeet Singh targets wealth tax

B.C. RCMP officer suing the force for malicious prosecution

Cpl. Tammy Hollingsworth cleared of wrongdoing after misconduct hearing

Talk to your kids about vaping, B.C.’s top doctor says

B.C. health officials have discovered the first vaping-related illness in the province

Saik’uz and Stellat’en First Nations court battle against RioTinto Alcan to start next week

Saik’uz and Stellat’en First Nations are taking Rio Tinto Alcan to court over their functioning of the Kenney Dam that affects the Nechako River

Alberta truck convoy plans counter-protest at climate rally with Greta Thunberg

United We Roll organizer says similar protest planned for Swedish teen’s event in Edmonton

Most Read