Ship Sailing with SALTS has become a coveted tradition at Handsworth Secondary,
with this year marking the celebration of the 20th voyage for
students and staff. Over one thousand Handsworth students, grads, and alumni
have been fortunate enough to participate in this unique and amazing
Students about to dock the tall ship at Burrard Dry Dock pier in North Vancouver at Lonsdale Quay.
To commemorate this anniversary, SALTS made a
special arrangement to have the voyage start in Victoria and end in North
Vancouver at the Lonsdale Quay. This is the first time that SALTS has changed
the arrival destination for any high school.
prospect of the one-way voyage was a very exciting addition to this already
inspirational and environmentally educational experience.
Views onboard the tall ship
The five-day, four-night
journey gave students the opportunity to sail around the coastline of Victoria
before heading across the Gulf Islands and Georgia Straight to their final
destination, docking at Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver.
were fully immersed and engaged in sailing life during the five-days, learning
how to make knots, set and lower sails, chart their bearings, maintain the
ship, and participate in the community.
Sleeping quarters where students rested during the voyage
to demand from students, the group has been using both tall ships for the last
fifteen years. The Grace is a slightly smaller version of the famous Canadian
schooner 'Bluenose' and is depicted on the back of the Canadian dime. The
second tall ship, The Swift, is a replica of an east coast Privateers boat and
has the distinctive cross-shaped yards off the main masts.
the ship finished pulling into the Burrard Dry Dock Pier at Lonsdale Quay, one
student exclaimed excitedly to her mother, “Mom, I got to dock the ship!”.
sheer excitement and positivity was radiating from the students who were
completing the last leg of their five-day journey.
trip was a fantastic success, with many students uncovering a love and passion
for sailing that will continue onwards with them. With the smell of salt water
still fresh in the air, it’s easy to see how this experience is truly life changing
for those aboard the ship.
student who took part in the journey shared "I
am so glad I got to experience sailing on the high seas!", while another
said she “loved the food and conversations
during the mealtime!"
learn more about the SALTS trip for students, please visit this link or check out the SALTS
website here. Sign up for next
year’s trip will start at the end of May!