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This tall ship and it’s great french crew from France was visiting Halifax in June 2013
Rara Avis is a 55-year-old former yacht that was converted into a tall ship back in the late 1990s. http://www.belespoir.com/
The 3 mast 38-metre vessel, which is based in Brest, a port located in Brittany in northwest France, is operated by Association les Amis de Jeudi-Dimanche.
According to its website, that organization was founded by Michel Jaouen and Pere Gounon in 1951 as the Chaplaincy of Juvenile Delinquents, whose goal was to widen the horizons of young people leaving prison.
The ship and its sister vessel, Bel Espoir, today serve as sail training vessels for youth to teach them the basic information and skills necessary to sail a tall ship.
“It is a school boat so half of the people [on board] are crew and half [are] passengers,” said crew member Jeremy Debiard. “It’s to learn to navigate with sails in the old-school way. They restore boats and they learn to build different stuff on the boat – wood or metal or engine or sewing sails. It’s a kind of marine school.”
While the Rara Avis can accommodate a total of 40 people, on this particular trip 11 students and 10 crew members were on board.