The sailing trip was wonderful, however the booking experience was not pleasant - the tour operator was quite unfriendly and unhelpful. This really put us off and I don't know if we would have gone on the trip if we'd not already paid for the Groupon. We've let our friends know so needless to say, the 3 Hour Sail company hasn't garnered themselves good advertising. A little friendliness and helpfulness would go a long way in supporting their business!
I personally found the couple/owners were not very friendly.
Lots of fun, but bring a sweater or coat, even on Warm Summer days it's cool off the coast of Victoria!!!
1) difficult to book with..and when you do...their manner is abrupt.
2) charged me HST on the full price-not what I paid for with Groupon-I did question it. I think this is illegal to gather HST on full price when sold at half-price. Never have had that happen before.
3) A lot of talk from the lady during the sail-NEGative--on the plight of the whales, the whale sight seeing charters...environment concerns and on and on...even had data on laminated sheets to read off from.
Would never recommend this.
Thanks for the great 3-hour Sail. We enjoyed your friendly relaxed way of running your operation. It was a great way to spend the day. Loved it.
Very entertaining and informative. Loved being able to take part in the sail and being able to go out on the front of the boat for a time. Gorgeous!
Thank you for a wonderful sail! Can't wait for the evening ride!
From Our Editors
Captain Lenard M. Pearson and his crew greet passing ships in a strange way—they fire a cannon at them. Among the many details of tall ship Thane—a 55-foot gaff-rigged fetch constructed of salvaged building materials—are its working cannons. With a flash of fire, a plume of smoke, and a very loud noise, the captain says hello to neighbouring vessels and makes sure no one on board has fallen asleep.
In addition to the cannon fire, Captain Pearson and his crew find other theatrical ways to engage guests, encouraging them to help out by hauling the sails or riding the bowsprit. Groups may also drag a fishing a line or trap crabs, depending on season. The crew encourages passengers to relax with their picnics and drinks while they take in sights that may range from pods of killer whales to the snow-dusted peaks of the Olympic Mountains. Along with bringing parties up to close to such sights, the captain also shares stories about the area's marine history, geology, and wildlife. Crew members happily provide guests with coolers, ice, glasses, and bottle openers for their drinks, and encourage responsible and respectful imbibing.
A 3-Hour Sail