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“90 Minute Sunset Sail” 5 of 5 stars
Review of 3-Hour Sail

3-Hour Sail
Empress Dock A | PO Box 8206, Victoria, British Columbia V8W3R8, Canada (Downtown)
877-788-4263
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Ranked #30 of 116 Activities in Victoria
Type: Tours, Adventure
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Owner description: Come explore the beautiful Strait of Juan de Fuca famous for its killer whales, sea lions bald eagles and incredible views. Haul the sails, climb the rigging, ride the bowsprit, do some whale watching, relax and enjoy. Bring a picnic. All ages and abilities welcome. Built by the Captain, THANE is modelled after Slocum's SPRAY, the first vessel to circumnavigate single-handed in 1895. Join us for an historic marine adventure aboard the Tall Ship THANE.
Victoria
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5 attraction reviews
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“90 Minute Sunset Sail”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

Tonight a group of us (6) set sail on the beautiful Thane. The weather could not have been more perfect, and with two cruise ships in port this evening, the sights to see when leaving the inner harbour were fantastic. Sue & Len warmly welcomed us aboard Thane -- gently reminding us to leave any items with metal (i.e.: zippers, etc) off of the wood as it is soft and easily damaged. With a blanket they laid down for us in front of the captain's quarters (a large area with stained wood), we were able to be conscious of preserving the integrity of the Thane.

We departed the dock towards Johnson Street bridge, then looped past the Delta Hotel, and towards the 'outer harbour', past Ogden Point (cruise ships) and the breakwater. We all got brave and took turns sitting at the very front of the boat, having a pseudo Titanic moment ("I'm the king of the world!"). There was one other couple aboard. Personally I didn't get much historical perspective about the boat because I was taking in the views and just enjoying a marvelous night out, though I did notice Len having a hearty discussion with one of the others on board. I had no idea (until reading their website) that the Thane is made from reclaimed materials, adds to the beauty of the boat! Loved that their cats were on board, happily frolicking all over the boat and enjoying the late evening sun.

Our group enjoyed snacks and wine, with Sue & Len happily offering plastic cups to drink from.

Would definitely recommend doing this sailing tour - absolutely worth the money, and then some. I am already thinking about wanting to do the 3-hour tour!

Visited July 2013
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Qualicum Beach, Canada
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“Relaxing afternoon on the water”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

We enjoyed a beautiful sunny day on the water. The owners are very hospitable and friendly, answering all of our questions. They chatted with everyone, making us all feel comfortable and welcome. I loved that we could bring a bottle of wine and food aboard. Even though reservations are recommended, it would be best to go on a day when there is a breeze. Because there was no wind, we didn't get that "sailing experience" we were looking for. However we definitely recommend this activity for visitors.

Visited June 2013
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Victoria, Canada
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“3-Hour Sail - Tall Ship Adventure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

This was a great adventure. We had visitors from Great Britain and they absolutely loved it. We had perfect weather, nice seas, not too rough, and the host and hostess of the tall ship were great. They informed us before booking what clothing was recommended as it is cooler when on the water.

Visited May 2013
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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“A great day out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

Have visited Victoria often over the last 40 years and done all the normal touristy things. My wife spotted an advert for 3 hour sail and we spent a really great afternoon. Not only was it fun and relaxing - we took some wine and food with us - but the skipper and his lady made the trip even more enjoyable. Highly recommended. Peter

Visited May 2013
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Seattle
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“I wonder why they claim to be a business”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

I tried to make a reservation to take a tour, but after a couple days of communicating back and forth they canceled my reservation because I was traveling alone and they couldn't find a large enough group to "make it worth their while". The most unfriendly tourist business I have ever encountered.

Visited May 2013
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Sue P, Owner at 3-Hour Sail, responded to this review, May 8, 2013
Hi Melanie
It was very thoughtful of you to take the time to write a review. It was unfortunate that we were unable to accommodate you and the other couple who had expressed an interest in sailing with us this fine weather week. we did try to put together a trip for two days but there were no takers. As we mentioned in our communication with you, we currently need four people to make the trip economically viable as we are not yet living aboard. We live in Nanaimo during the off season which is an hour and a half drive from the boat. Essentially at $207 for 3 persons we can't afford to drive to and from Nanaimo, add wages and wear and tear to the boat and expect to break even let alone profit. If we did you should wonder how we claim to be a business. Having said that, we did give you notice more than 24 hours before departure that we required 4 persons and we did notify you by 9PM the evening prior to departure that we were unable to accommodate you. Our email was apologetic and explained our position. Unfortunately most of the tour operators in town do have to cancel occasionally because of a lack of demand. We regret that you felt so disappointed that you were unable to get out on THANE. We hope you enjoyed Victoria :)
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