As any member of the crew will attest, serving aboard Bluenose II is a life-changing time. It’s a chance to discover what it really means to work hard and meet challenges. Many come on board with no experience, and by the time the season ends, they’re amazed at what they’ve learned. The unique moments they experience stay with them long after stepping off the deck.
Being part of the crew is a chance to do something few people have the opportunity to do in their lives: see and travel the ocean aboard a traditional sailing vessel, keep it moving, and visit places near and far to share it with the public.
The sailing season for Bluenose II begins in the spring and goes until mid October. Of the 18 or so that make up the crew, there are returning members along with many fresh faces and first time sailors. The crew includes the Captain, Chief Mate, Second Mate, as well as the Chief Cook, Engineer and approximately 12 Deckhands.
An important part of its mission is to provide youth with the chance to serve on board and experience the tradition of sailing. Every year, applications are accepted from those interested in joining Bluenose II.