Tales from the Crew: Discover the World of Tall Ship Sailing
Have you ever wondered what life on board a tall ship is like? Have you ever thought about participating in sail training, but don’t know where to start? Ships2Shores is excited to bring you an opportunity to get a glimpse inside Canada’s sail training world! The Tales from the Crew Series is a chance for youth across Canada with an interest in sailing to connect with those who have experienced the wonders of sailing on board tall ships. Over the coming months, we’ll feature special guests from various Canadian sail training programs. You’ll engage with a diverse group of sail training alumni and current participants, hear their exciting stories, and learn more about the opportunities and benefits of life on the water!
In this session, we’ll be speaking to tall ship sailors Daniel, Leticia, Tasha, and Liam, who have sailed with Bytown Brigantine, S.A.L.T.S., Brigs, and Tall Ships Expeditions amongst others. They’ll have tons of adventures to share!
Daniel BersyniowTall Ship Sailor
Daniel has been sailing with Bytown Brigantine for the last 5 years. He has participated in all levels of the program starting from trainee and making his way up to a crew member. Throughout his time with BBI, he has sailed on both the Fair Jeanne and the Black Jack. He has participated in multiple festival events, including the 150th Anniversary Regatta of Canada in 2017. Daniel’s favorite part about tall ship life is getting to climb aloft and making lifelong memories with the crew.
Leticia TaylorTall Ship Sailor
Leticia is 22-years-old and from Salt Springs Island, BC. She started sailing on tall ships when she was 13 years old on the Pacific grace with the S.A.L.T.S. program. She’s since participated in various sail training programs such as the Jubilee Sailing Trust, the Bluenose II, the Gulden Leeuw with Class Afloat, and Picton Castle’s Bosun School. Some of Leticia’s hobbies include kayaking hiking and camping. When she’s not sailing, she works as a gymnastics coach, barista, bartender and cook.
Liam is a sailor from Toronto who has close to fifteen years of experience sailing and working on board tall ships like the Brigantines as well as bulk cargo freighters. He has held rank on such ships from as low as trainee and cadet all the way up to first mate and captain. From as young as fifteen he has participated, volunteered and worked professionally with programs like Brigs Youth Sail Training, Tall Ship Expeditions Canada and the Broad Reach Foundation. After high school he went on to study Marine Navigation at Georgian College in Owen Sound and currently he is working at the Nautical Mind Bookstore on Toronto’s waterfront.
Tasha HyndmanProgram & Projects Manager, Broad Reach Foundation
Tasha Hyndman is currently the Program and Projects Manager for the Broad Reach Foundation for Youth leaders.
Her love for sailing began through her involvement with Brigs Youth Sail Training as a teenager. Since then, she has worked or volunteered within the marine industry for the past 12 years. She served as Program Coordinator for Brigs Youth Sail Training from 2017-2019 and sat on the Tall Ships Canada Board of Directors.
After highschool, she attended the University of Windsor, graduating with a Bachelor of Social Work in 2015. Prior to her employment with Broad Reach and Brigs, Tasha worked for the Elizabeth Fry Society of Toronto, an organization that works closely with women in conflict.