3-Hour sail Ltd.: Evening Harbour Cruise
Smell the gentle ocean breeze as it lures you away from the dock through Victoria’s bustling inner harbour and out into the beautiful Strait of Juan de Fuca aboard Tall Ship Thane. All guests young and old are encouraged to participate in sailing..

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History: ‘Tall Ship THANE’ Victoria’s ‘SPRAY’

Joshua Slocum’s voyage alone around the world 120 years ago is among the most famous feats of single-handed voyaging of all time. ‘SPRAY’ was given to Joshua Slocum by a friend in 1892. The vessel had been abandoned in a field seven years earlier. Slocum rebuilt her, then in 1895 struck out on his voyage. Alone aboard the ‘SPRAY’, Slocum covered 46,000 miles in three years. The boats hull form enabled it to self steer under sail. The ‘SPRAY’s’ sailing performance is legendary. ‘Sailing Alone Around The World’ is Joshua Slocum’s account of his voyage. It has been in publication since 1900 and has been the inspiration for many ‘SPRAY’ replicas including the ‘THANE of Victoria’.

‘THANE’ was built in Victoria by Len Pearson. Similar to Slocum, Len found his SPRAY hull in a field where it had been abandoned 10 years earlier.

In 1972 he traded his ’68 Chev for the hull. Victoria was experiencing a building boom which provided an excellent source of quality timber and scrap metal. Made largely of recycled materials, ‘THANE’ was meticulously built in five years on Finger One at Fisherman’s Wharf.

She is 57 ft overall, 39.5 ft on deck and powered by a 110 hp Isuzu diesel. Although THANE has yet to circumnavigate, she self steers like the original ‘SPRAY’. She is stoutly built and like her predecessor, she’s a working girl. ‘Currently THANE is owned and operated by Rob McCallum and Pete Reid. A 3-HOUR SAIL (2013) LTD departs 3 times daily from ‘A’ dock in front of the Empress Hotel in Victoria’s Inner Harbour.

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Strait of Juan De Fuca

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Smell the gentle ocean breeze as it lures you away from the dock through Victoria’s bustling inner harbour and out into the beautiful Strait of Juan de Fuca aboard Tall Ship Thane. All guests young and old are encouraged to participate in sailing; so tug on the sheets that haul the sails. As we begin silently swooshing through the ocean, become mesmerized by the magnificent snow-capped Olympic Mountains and the majesty of the City of Victoria. Relax and savor your picnic or a sip of wine as we keep our eyes peeled for some of BC’s world famous killer whales, or sea lions and bald eagles. Swap tales with other guests and try to stump the crew with questions, we’re rich with history. And if we don’t really know the answer, be prepared for a wee tale! Then call our bluff; if you dare!

Age range, type of group


All ages and abilities are welcome! Guests are encouraged to become involved in sailing the vessel; hauling the sails, taking the helm, riding the bowsprit but if you prefer to relax and enjoy your time on the water, please do! We try our best to incorporate special events that are taking place on the water. We impart local marine history, geological facts, info on marine wildlife, and throw in a sailing lesson in a casual environment. We encourage passengers to bring along a picnic. Alcohol is permitted however this is NOT a booze cruise… We provide all warm and wet weather gear, coolers, ice, glasses, openers and sunscreen.

Sleeping and meals


Our day sails are 3 hours long and our harbour cruise is 1-1/2 hour long. There are NO public overnight accommodations aboard Tall Ship Thane.
We do NOT supply food or drink, however you are free to bring your own. We supply real glasses, plates and silver ware.

Policies & Restrictions


We are pet friendly with prior approval.
Smoking is generally NOT permitted, however on some private charters we can designate a smoking area if ALL persons agree.

Rates & Availability


A 3-HOUR SAIL $89 per person (tax included):

This tour is all about the tall ship sailing experience. We motor out of the harbour, haul the sails and set our course. The destination varies with the wind and tide. We sail within a 15 km radius within Royal Roads which includes: the historic Fisgard Lighthouse, the Naval harbour, Esquimalt Lagoon up to Whitty’s Lagoon. We go out as far as the shipping lane and down to Clover Point and Trial Island . There is a variety of marine life and spectacular scenery. Departure times are 9:00 am and 2:00 pm daily. These times may vary slightly due to weather and special events taking place in Victoria’s inner harbour.

A 1.5-Hour Evening Harbour Cruise $65 per person (tax included):

This tour is mainly a inner harbour tour, but we do try to get out and sail if the weather conditions are favorable. We begin with a harbour tour sharing the history of this busy port and pay a visit the newest float home community. Then, if the conditions allow us, we head out to the outer harbour with the cruise ships, ferries and float planes who ply the harbour regularly. We stop at the First Nations Land And Sea mural which is the largest mural in the world. Then out to the open seas where we shut down the engine, haul the headsail and slowly sail in as the sun sets behind the Sooke Hills (not all evening sails encounter a sunset due to the changing time of the sunset) There is opportunity to view eagles, great blue herons, seals, dolphin and occasionally whales. On returning we are are treated to the City of Victoria alight. Departure time is 7:30 nightly.

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May to end of Sept. -morning

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3 Hour Sail
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    Smell the gentle ocean breeze as it lures you away from the dock through Victoria’s bustling inner harbour and out into the beautiful Strait of Juan de Fuca aboard Tall Ship Thane. All guests young and old are encouraged to participate in sailing; so tug on the sheets that haul the sails. As we begin silently swooshing through the ocean, become mesmerized by the magnificent snow-capped Olympic Mountains and the majesty of the City of Victoria. Relax and savor your picnic or a sip of wine as we keep our eyes peeled for some of BC’s world famous killer whales, or sea lions and bald eagles. Swap tales with other guests and try to stump the crew with questions, we’re rich with history. And if we don’t really know the answer, be prepared for a wee tale! Then call our bluff; if you dare!



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