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Class B
Nationality Canada
Year Built 2001
Rig Gaff Schooner 2


  • Class: B
  • Nationality: Canada
  • Year built: 2001
  • Rig: Gaff Schooner 2


  • Number of trainees: 31
  • Number of permanent crew: 5
  • Special diets catered for: Yes


The Sail and Life Training Society (SALTS) was founded in 1974 and is a registered charity in Canada and the USA (FORGN tax exempt status in the USA). The Society operates two Tall Ships, Pacific Grace and Pacific Swift, and offers sail training to young people aged 13-25 (as well as Day Sails for all ages). These ships are maintained at the SALTS Marina in Victoria BC.

Each year, 1,700 young people have the life-changing experience of learning to sail a Tall Ship with SALTS. Voyages take them to the Gulf Islands of BC each spring and fall, and in the summer the ships circumnavigate Vancouver Island. Young people from all socio-economic backgrounds participate, and a bursary programme helps cover costs for those who cannot afford to pay. SALTS partners with numerous other youth organisations to provide bursaries to youth who are at-risk, from low income households, or from challenging life situations.

Built by SALTS Heritage Shipyard in Victoria, the Pacific Grace slipped her lines 31 May 2001 to embark on her maiden voyage. The Pacific Grace completed several successful seasons of coastal programmes before embarking in September 2003 on her maiden offshore voyage to the "South Pacific." The Grace also sailed offshore from June 2007-June 2008.