Spirit of Bermuda is a National Icon, symbolizing our maritime heritage. Sailing aboard Spirit is an experience of a lifetime, and also helps to ensure sustainability of our youth development programme.

Changing Lives, One Voyage at a Time, Over Time

The purpose-built sail training vessel is based on civilian schooners constructed by Bermudians, enslaved and free, in the 19th century prior to the Emancipation of Slavery in the British Empire. The original hull shape was adapted from the Bermuda-built RN Shamrock class, fast Dispatch and patrol vessels that ran from the RN Dockyard northwest to Halifax and southwest to Jamaica to contain the rebel colonies. The Bermuda rig was innovated on the coastal sloops that abounded between the 17th and early 19th centuries. Faced with impassable pathways ashore, locals had evolved the lateen rig to short-tack upwind around the island and to the fishing banks windward of Bermuda.

Bermuda Sloop Foundation recognizes that children learn differently, and many of Bermuda’s youths do not acquire information optimally in a traditional classroom setting.

On board our floating classroom, Spirit of Bermuda, we provide character and educational development for these and other Bermuda youth using the unique attributes of structured experiential learning through sail training (learning by doing).

By providing this alternative learning environment, we strive to increase their positive life outcomes, and to create awareness of and pathways to technical, mechanical and marine-related careers for young Bermudians.

Ship Name: Spirit of Bermuda

National Flag: Bermuda

Home Port: Hamilton, BDA

Sparred length: 35.97 metres

Sail Area: 455.92 square metres

Gross Tonnage: 92.03

Year Launched: 2006

Built: Rockport, ME (USA) Rockport Marine Inc.

Hull Material: Six layers of cold-moulded epoxy laminated wood (five inner layers of 3/8” Douglas fir and one outer layer of 5/8” mahogany) plus 7/8” fiberglass sheathing

Owner: Bermuda Sloop Foundation, P.O. Box HM 2442, Hamilton HM JX, Bermuda 441-737-5667

Website: www.bermudasloop.org

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Mission

Our mission is to change lives, one voyage at a time, over time.

Vision

Bermuda Sloop Foundation recognizes that children learn differently, and many of Bermuda’s youths do not acquire information optimally in a traditional classroom setting.

On board our floating classroom, Spirit of Bermuda, we provide character and educational development for Bermuda's youth using the unique attributes of structured experiential learning through sail training (learning by doing). By providing this alternative learning environment, we strive to increase their positive life outcomes, and to create awareness of and pathways to technical, mechanical and marine-related careers for young Bermudians.

Core Beliefs

      • Every child has the potential to blossom and deserves the opportunity to do so, despite their life circumstances.
      • Assisting a student in building resilience increases their chances of becoming productive citizens and the most effective way to impact
      • our youth is to intervene early while they are still impressionable.
      • A significant impact can be made through a combination of core life & education success skills development applied through structured Experiential Learning Models.

History

The idea of delivering a first class Character Education Programme using a tall ship designed after the schooners that our ancestors built in the 1800's was conceived in 1996. Being sailors themselves, the Founders believed that experiential learning through sail training was one of the best ways to help combat the growing negative social issues that were plaguing our youth. After being built in Rockport, Maine, Spirit of Bermuda sailed into Bermuda for the first time in late 2006 and soon after held its first school voyage with students from the M3 public school level. In 2007, the Foundation was awarded the Sail Training Programme of the Year Award by Tall Ships America. Since then, Spirit of Bermuda has provided life-changing experiences to more than 4,000 young people by way of school voyages, school break voyages and summer overseas voyages. Click here to read more about our Youth Programme...

Fun Facts

        • The Bermuda Sloop Foundation is a Non-for-Profit Organization that develops young people in Bermuda, building their resilience and increasing their long-term chances of success, by providing character and educational development though experiential learning.
        • The Foundation has been changing lives and building character for over 8 years.
        • The Foundation targets 12/14 year olds; dawn of adolescence; the opening years of the tough age range.
        • Over 4,000 young Bermudians impacted by the Spirit of Bermuda program.
        • The Foundation was incorporated in 1998, became a registered charity in 1999, and the Spirit of Bermuda was constructed and sailed into Bermuda in late 2006.
        • Spirit of Bermuda is a global standard regulated ship and remains fully classed to American Bureau of Shipping standards operating to U.K. M.C.A.
        • The Foundation’s youth programme is based on global research around:
            - Structured Experiential Learning Design Principles
            - Sail Training International Model of Youth Development
            - 7-Habits of Highly Effective People

Click here to read about Spirit Successes!

Contact Details


Address
12 Wesley Street
Hamilton, Bermuda
HM 11

Mailing Address
P.O. Box HM 2442
Hamilton, Bermuda
HM JX

Tel. 441-737-5667
Fax. 441-297-5667

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