Sail and Life Training Society

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S.A.L.T.S. Sail and Life Training Society
Founded 1974
Focus Sail Training
Area served
British Columbia
Key people
Loren Hagerty
Executive Director
David Eggert
Operations Manager
$3.3 million in 2012[1]
Slogan Training Young People, by the sea, for life

The Sail and Life Training Society (SALTS), founded in 1974, is a non-profit Christian organization based in Victoria, British Columbia, which provides sail training and life lessons for 1,700 young people each year on tall ships[2] and provides a valued link to area's maritime heritage.[3] Currently, SALTS administrative offices are located on Herald Street in downtown Victoria, with a shop space located nearby in the Rock Bay area.


Young people ages 13–25 are given the experience of learning to sail a tall ship, which the organization describes as "life-changing."[2] In addition to learning a large set of sailing skills, they learn teamwork, responsibility, interpersonal skills, and facing fears, resulting in increased confidence (for example when climbing the rigging 115’ in the air on a moving ship).[2]> A bursary program is offered with help from other group partners, to make the program affordable to young people who are at risk, in low income households, or experiencing challenging life situations.[2][4]

In the spring and fall, voyages are made from Ship Point Wharf in Victoria, British Columbia to the Gulf Islands.[2][5] In the summer, voyages are more ambitious, circumnavigating Vancouver Island, sailing to the central coast of British Columbia and the Great Bear Rainforest, and exploring southern Alaska and Haida Gwaii.[6]

Every few years, an offshore voyage has been held to ports around the world, where youth can participate in selected legs of the journey.[7] Due to new Canadian regulations for offshore vessels which the current tall ships do not meet, these trips are on hold until a new schooner is completed.[7]

Group programs are offered with over 30 public and private schools,[8] university programs, and youth groups bringing 20 - 30 young people and their adult chaperones.[9]

Day sails are also made available to interested sailors of all ages.[10]


SALTS is a registered Canadian charity.[11] A large portion of program costs are funded through boat donations. SALTS arranges a third-party appraisal for the value of the tax receipt issued, and handles moorage, transportation and broker's fees.[12]

A major campaign is underway for the capital cost of a new 116' Pilot Schooner.[13] As of July, 2014, approximately 50% of the $6.3 million had been raised.[13]


SALTS Heritage Shipyard above and below Victoria's Johnson Street Bridge (Pacific Swift in port)

SALTS owns, maintains and operates two tall ships, Pacific Swift and Pacific Grace. Both were built by the Society in a shipyard at the former Coast Guard base on Victoria's Upper Harbour. A new 116' Pilot Schooner is being custom designed, and fundraising is underway for the $6.3 million project.[13]

Pacific Swift[edit]

The hull of Pacific Swift was built as a working exhibit at Expo 86 in Vancouver, British Columbia. She is based on the brigantine Swift of 1778. The society had built another brigantine, Spirit of Chemainus, in 1985. Pacific Swift has made four off-shore voyages, which have included visits to Expo 88 in Australia and Expo 92 in Seville, to the West Indies and to the remote communities of Easter Island and Pitcairn Island.

Pacific Swift
Characteristics [14]
Sparred Length 111'
Overall Length 81'
Beam 20' 6"
Draught 10' 6"
Displacement 98 Tonnes
Rig Topsail Schooner
Accommodation 37 Berths
Coastal Complement 5 Crew, 30 Trainees
Offshore Complement 6 Crew, 21 Trainees

Pacific Grace[edit]

Pacific Grace was built at the S.A.L.T.S. Heritage Shipyard in Victoria, launched in October 1999 and commissioned in May 2001. She is based on the Grand Banks fishing schooner Robertson II, which the society operated from 1974 to 1995. After two seasons of coastal sailing, she departed in September 2003 on her first offshore voyage: down the coast to Costa Rica, west to Galapagos and Pitcairn, and back through the Marquesas and the Hawaiian Islands. From June 2007 to June 2008, she made a longer voyage, to the South Pacific, calling at: Hawaii, Tahiti, Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Guam, Okinawa, Shanghai, Osaka, Hawaii.

Pacific Grace
Characteristics [14]
Sparred Length 138' 7"
Overall Length 115'
Beam 22'
Draught 11' 6"
Displacement 175 Tonnes
Rig Gaff Schooner
Accommodation 38 Berths
Coastal Complement 5 Crew, 31 Trainees
Offshore Complement 6 Crew, 24 Trainees


Office and Shipyard Staff
Loren Hagerty Executive Director
Kelly Wilkinson Finance Manager
David Eggert Development Manager
John Andrachuk Boat Sales Manager
Sherilyn Thomson Booking Manager
Sarah Gray Communications Coordinator
Shoreside Support Manager
Patrick Sharman Shipyard Manager
Glynis Gittens Registration Coordinator
Ship's Crew [15]
Tony Anderson Master - Pacific Grace
Tristan Hedley Master - Pacific Swift
Sam Vaale Mate - Pacific Grace
Rebecca Hedley Mate - Pacific Swift
Van Law Watch Officer - Pacific Grace
Cayla Coleman Watch Officer - Pacific Swift
Phoebe Sidwell Bosun - Pacific Grace
Van Law Bosun - Pacific Swift
Rachel Onsorge Cook - Pacific Grace
Saidy Coyne Cook - Pacific Swift


  1. ^ "Financial Statements: Year Ended Dec. 31, 2012", accessed July 20, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e "About SALTS", accessed July 20, 2014.
  3. ^ "Educational Heritage Attractions", Victoria Heritage Attractions Information Directory, accessed July 20, 2014.
  4. ^ For example, "S.A.L.T.S. - Tales from the Tall Ship", Big Brothers Big Sisters of Victoria and area, August 3, 2011.
  5. ^ Account of one voyage: "Sail and Life Training on the tall ship Pacific Grace", Aviva Shtull, Power to Be, June 5.
  6. ^ "Summer trips", SALTS, accessed July 20, 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Past Offshore Voyages", SALTS, accessed July 20, 2014.
  8. ^ For example, "Experiences", Maple Ridge Christian School, accessed July 20, 2014; "Tall Ships 2014", Handsworth Secondary, North Vancouver School District, accessed July 20, 2014; "Tall ship sailing expedition was awesome!", Kai, grade 7, Island Pacific School, Bowen Island.
  9. ^ "Group Sailing Trips - The Ultimate Field Trip", SALTS, accessed July 20, 2014.
  10. ^ "Day Sails for All Ages", SALTS, accessed July 20, 2014.
  11. ^ "Make a donation", SALTS, accessed July 20, 2014.
  12. ^ "Donate a boat", SALTS, accessed July 20, 2014.
  13. ^ a b c "New Schooner Project", SALTS, accessed July 20, 2014.
  14. ^ a b SALTS official site
  15. ^ SALTS crew list

Coordinates: 48°25′46″N 123°22′23″W / 48.42939°N 123.37307°W / 48.42939; -123.37307