Sailing Off Into The Sunset
After four years of operating A 3 Hour Sail in beautiful Victoria, BC, it’s time for us to sail off into the sunset.
Rob McCallum bought Tall Ship Thane in November 2013 then opened 3-Hour Sail. He and his crew began taking passengers sailing in April 2014.
Over the past 4 years he has essentially rebuilt the entire ship; re-wiring, re-plumbing, re-doing the cabin tops, pulling the masts, re-rigging both standing and running rigging, changing the interior as well, adding solar panels and making Tall Ship Thane ready for some offshore cruising, like she was built for. Thane has been a working girl her whole life, she has taken people on charters since 1978.
Now it’s time to let her run. And being a cruiser himself, who better to take her cruising than Rob?
We know that those who have been sailing with us may be surprised at Rob’s decision to leave Victoria with Thane. For those of you who have not yet been sailing with A 3 Hour Sail, we wanted to give you plenty of notice so that you can plan your adventure with us!
Rob, what has been your greatest joy in running this business?
“Every day is my greatest joy! When people ask me what I do, I say I create smiles. And so each day as I see the customers smile, I smile knowing I have the best job in the world.”
Who was your most memorable guest?
“Every guest is memorable. I try and make personal contact with each and every guest who comes aboard. I make sure I talk with them all and find out something about them, share something about myself with them and make sure they have a great time.
Picking one would be very difficult, very difficult indeed. My daughter brought her husband sailing and I met my son in law for the first time. My sister and brother-in-law brought my mom sailing. My wife comes sailing and that’s always a pleasure. I love when Abby comes sailing, she is always a hit with everyone aboard. (Abby is my dog who lives with my wife so they come together). But if I have to pick just one, I would say when the Rainbow Society of Edmonton called with a Make a Wish request from a young fella who’s dream was to sail on a Tall Ship. We took him, his sister, his mom, his dad and his grandma sailing one afternoon. It was amazing to see the happiness that young man had in him and his gratitude to be on a Tall Ship in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
All the kids and their guardians from “Boat for Hope-BC’s Children’s Charity” were awesome guests. They are always great to have aboard.”
I’ve made some great friends aboard Thane, and have many repeat customers. Like I said, each and every person who comes aboard is extremely special and memorable. They are all treated like VIP’s because they are.”
What was your most memorable experience during your time as captain of the ship?
”Another tough one, but probably last fall when Pete, Craig and I circumnavigated Vancouver Island. That was pretty special, and instilled the desire to go cruising again as well.”
What are your plans after this sailing season?
“Well I’m not getting any younger, and life is far too short, so I plan on having fun!
I want to spend more time with my wife and dog, more time enjoying the lazy days of summer cruising the Inside Passage, sharing my boat with close friends, doing some fishing, visiting friends I don’t normally get to see in the summer, and lots and lots of sailing! I’m looking forward to sailing where I want without the restriction of needing to be back in 3 hours. Maybe sail to Hawaii again, maybe Mexico. I liked Columbia, and I can hear New Zealand and Australia calling me.
Like T.E. Lawrence said, “All men (women too) dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men (women too) for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible”. I am a dreamer of the day.”
What are the crew’s plans after this sailing season?
”You would have to ask Pete that question, but I suspect he will take some time off and go sailing on his own boat (he owns his own wooden boat). He used to sail the inside passage with his band and play festivals and such. He is a very talented musician, that Capt’n “Banjo” Pete is. And like me, the past 4 seasons he has been taking out guests aboard Tall Ship Thane.”
Will a 3-Hour Sail (2013) Ltd. continue to operate after you leave the harbour with Tall Ship Thane?
”Yes I think so. I hope so!
There are a few different people with their own boats looking to step in, so I’m sure we’ll be able to keep 3-Hour Sail (2013) Ltd. running.
There have been 3 hour sails happening in the inner harbour for almost 25 years now and I suspect the tradition will continue for another 25, just with a different ship. I know a few of the potential boats looking to take over and they are incredible Classics in their own right. They will be right at home in the inner harbour and continue with the same charm and charisma as Thane did.”
So if you’ve been considering coming sailing with us and enjoying an ocean adventure, now’s the time. We’ll be sailing through the end of August 2017 with Tall Ship Thane and hope you can join us.
Book your sail today and let’s make some memories!