July 20, 2017
It has always been the dream of the young: to run off to sea or , at least, sign up for it.
Gulf Islands Driftwood –Penders Edition
Wednesday, May 3, 2000
An adventure at sea for engineering student
by Tanya Lester
Escaping the confines of land and heading out over the boundless ocean is an adventure that has endured centuries.
To young people, sailing over the “big swells” of off-shore water has been a metaphor for the voyage into adulthood.
Early this summer, Ed Callendar will participate in this rite of passage when he joins the ranks of 500 Canadians, aged 15 to 25, selected for the Tall Ship Millennium Challenge.
The eight-day trip will begin June 25 in Baltimore and end at New York City, a part of North America that Callendar, who grew up on South Pender, is eager to explore for the first time. As the crow flies, he said, the two cities seem close together but the deep ocean water route is much longer.
Callendar said the water depth provides “big swells” that are not available around the Gulf Islands where he has gained most of his sailing experience. The ship, at an overall length of 170 feet, will be the largest he has ever helped sail.
The engineering student responded to a newspaper article about the opportunity to enter the race by writing a 250-word essay. In it he outlined his reasons for wanting to participate. These included having sailed all his life (he was first out on a boat at one or two years old), his goal to continue sailing in new places and his intention to teach sailing lessons to young people.
Having taken sailing classes as a child in North Vancouver, Callendar toyed with the idea of becoming a nautical engineer until he discovered there are few job openings in that field.
He is currently studying at the University of Victoria to be an electrical engineer, and the sailing challenge will interrupt his program.
The experience will be worth it for Callendar, with the added bonus of meeting crews from some of the 150 tall ships involved from around the world.
Race winners will be determined by time keeping while each crew is out on the water. At the end of the summer, time totals will be compared to come up with the top positions.
Following the 10-day excursion, the 21-year-old will visit relatives in Nova Scotia and sailing will remain on his personal itinerary. Among those he visits will be his cousin, Andrew Childs, who is among the top-10-ranked laser sailors trying out for the single spot to represent Canada in the next Summer Olympics.
Previously, Callendar took a five-day sailing trip in high school.
He also has a trip to Baja, Mexico under his belt which he undertook with family friends, John and Cody Ross.
Another young man from the Gulf Islands, Orin Brosseau, has already participated in the Tall Ship Millennium Challenge. Brosseau, from Salt Spring, sailed around the English Channel and the North Sea for a couple of weeks beginning on March 31.
Like Brosseau, Callendar needs to raise $2,500 to pay for expenses, including transportation, shore-based activities, support services and a uniform. He has only $200 so far. Writing university examinations temporarily interrupted his fundraising…
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