The Schooner Yankee Project

The Schooner "Yankee"Mandate:

Our mission is to restore this famous globe sailing schooner and recapture the excitement and adventure of life under sail as it was. The name “Yankee” is synonymous with traditional deep sea sailing and the romance of adventure under sail.

We will offer clients/cadets the opportunity to go back in time and sail on an authentic vessel. We will stress “real sailing” in our advertising and prospectus and the “Yankee” will operate as a true wind ship. Her design and rig will reflect this philosophy. Her powerful diesel will only be used to maintain schedules in windless or adverse conditions and enter and leave port.

This is the schooner that inspired thousands to embrace the romance of the sea and the wonderful wind ships of yesteryear. Under the able command of Captain Irving Johnson, the schooner “Yankee” circumnavigated the globe 3 times. Her passengers & crew experienced the adventure of life under sail as it was in the days of yore.

Later, the schooner “Yankee” continued to carry passengers under the command of Captain Walter Boudreau and his Windjammer cruises. His son, Captain Lou Boudreau, wrote a book titled “The Man Who Loved schooners” chronicling their adventures under sail.

The schooner “Yankee” project  will turn back the pages of time allowing people to sail on a reproduction of this famous world-girdling vessel.

At sea, our clients/cadets will experience the romance of life under sail without the hardship. Comfortable cabins, hearty meals and a well-appointed main salon make our amateur seafarers happy after a long watch on deck. Our target clients/cadets are those many people who want to experience the way it was at sea on a real true sailing vessel.

Mornings at sea will see all hands turned to daily chores while those who have an interest in navigation or sail handling can lend a hand. Others may wish to relax in the lee of the deckhouse and read. Our ever-trolled deep-sea fishing lines bring excitement as giant tuna or wahoo are fought to the side of the ship before being brought aboard. A fine meal of fresh fish is served that same night. Other recreational activities provided by the ship might include snorkeling on coral reefs, exploring remote locations, sport fishing with rod and reel, using the ship library or steering the ship under sail.

Summers on the “Yankee” will explore out of the way bays and coves and the ships launch will explore river inlets and coastlines of the beautiful East Coast. In the winter months, she will voyage to the blue waters of the Caribbean. Our passengers will visit Old World towns, pristine beaches and interesting markets and forts.

The “Yankee” will offer a wide range of voyages tailored to the needs of sail training organizations, individual clients and our own schooner “Yankee” cadet program.

The Schooner Yankee project is committed to recapturing this wonderful era and we look forward to your kind support.

To contact Capt Lou @ 902 279 0307

The Schooner Yankee Project
“The Yankee – She Lives to Sail Once More”

by James Devine

www.jamesdevine.ca

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“There resides in everyone the spirit of adventure, that small flame that inspires life’s quest. All that is required is the kindling and then it will burn brightly. The first sips of freedom’s heavy brew are intoxicating and will pull you ever onwards, as it has me. Drink freely of it and you will not be disappointed. May fair winds fill your sails and the lee shore never find you”

Capt. R. L. Boudreau

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