The 87’ tall ship Black Jack will return to Brockville on Friday July 28th at approximately 2:00 pm. Both Captain Simon Fuller and Brockville’s 13-year old William Kizell would be pleased to speak with you about the 37-day voyage encompassing the Rendez-Vous Tall Ships Regatta (RDV 2017) held in Quebec City. RDV 2017 was a signature Canada 150 event held in celebration of Canada’s maritime heritage.
· Black Jack was the oldest ship at RDV2017.
· Captain and crew won the “best in class” prize during the RDV2017 crew parade held on the streets of Old Quebec.
· Captain Fuller was the youngest Captain at the Quebec regatta in 1984 but we can’t tell you if he was the oldest Captain this year.
· William Kizell started volunteering in the Bytown Brigantine winter program and has now sailed on both the Black Jack and Fair Jeanne. He should be close to earning the Bytown Brigantine Leading Seaman rank at this time.
· Black Jack was built as a steam tug in 1904 and was used in the Upper Ottawa River during the logging era. The Fuller family converted the abandoned hull to a tall ship, sailed it themselves and now support Bytown Brigantine in offering programs for youth aboard the tall ships Black Jack and Fair Jeanne.
· Youth registered in Aquatarium summer camps weeks 5 through 8 (Aug 8-31) will participate in shore-side activities aboard the Black Jack on Wednesday afternoons
· The Fair Jeanne continued on after Quebec City and is approaching Corner Brook, Newfoundland. Berth spaces are still available at special rates for 2017 on both youth and adult voyages in Atlantic Canada and to the United States via Nantucket and Long Island Sound.