ARCTIC  CRUISE  RAFFLE    2016                          WINNERS

The winners of the raffle were announced at the ANNUAL MARINERS SERVICE on February 14th    2016, at 12:30 hrs, at St. George’s Anglican Church, in Owen Sound, Ontario.


Our thanks to everyone for their support of the scholarships by purchasing a ticket, and to our sponsors for their generous donations. 

GRAND PRIZE   An 8 day Arctic Cruise on board the M.S. EXPEDITION  Realm Of The Polar Bear 2016 Donated by    G EXPEDITIONS                        WINNER: Karen Hoolah, Kemble Ontario   

2ND  Prize  A Great Lakes Tall ship trip for youth in the 2016 summer sailing season, to participate in the International Tall Ship Challenge,                                Donated by TORONTO BRIGANTINE  WINNER: John Van Delder, Walkerton, Ontario 

3RD  Prize  A group of 8 people can get hands-on experience and training  operating an Ocean Sized ship in the Marine Ship Simulator  Donated by Georgian College, Owen Sound.WINNER:  Barbra Gray, Owen Sound, Ontario

4TH  Prize   30,000 Islands Family Sightseeing Pass, aboard the M.V. CHIPPEWA III, Parry Sound, Ontario - Donated by Spirit of the Sound  Co.    Chippewa III Cruises                  WINNER:  Cecelia D’Mello,  Thornhill,  Ontario  

5TH  Prize  Sunset Dinner Cruise for 2 aboard the M.V. CHI-CHEEMAUN, out of Tobermory, Ontario, - Donated by Owen Sound Transportation.  Chi-Cheemaun Dinner Cruise [click for link]                                        WINNER:  Trina George, Oliphant, Ontario





Lincoln Grahlfs and his wife Joan, winners of the 2012 International Shipmasters Association freighter trip, spent 11 days on board, the Algoma Spirit. In September, 2012, the Ship sailed about  1500 nautical miles on the journey, and went from the Welland Canal, down the  St. Lawrence river, through the 1000 Islands, and historic Lower Canada all the way down to the Gulf of St. Lawrence.  The winners were berthed in a specially outfitted guest cabin, and dined with the Captain and officers. They became friends with the crew, sharing coffee and exchanging stories.

While in salt water in the lower St. Lawrence they saw finback whales, Minke Whales, seals and other marine life.  Lincoln, a real ship buff, got his fill of watching shiphandling from the bridge which included, close quarters manoeuvring with other ships, anchoring and docking, and he did not miss one out of 22 locks.  He  got to see countless Lakers, Salties, Tugs, and Tall Ships as they met in the rivers, lakes and traversed the busy Welland Canal, Seaway Locks, ports of  Montreal, Trois Rivieres, Quebec City, Baie Comeau and Port Cartier. 

Lincoln is a retired college professor, WW2 Veteran, Wheelsman, and author of the book Undaunted, about the Pere Marquette tug Undaunted, in which he served while in the Pacific theater of operations during the final dramatic stages of WW2. Lincoln and Capt. O’Donoughue had a good time, and exchanged plenty of sea stories.



I want to thank you for inviting us to your home - away from home!  Everyone was so gracious and kind.  No one laughed at my naive questions and everyone was helpful.  I now have a whole new vocabulary -- right down to the knuckle.  

The outfitting of our cabin with fine linens was very thoughtful.  Thank you for the deck chairs and the BIG bath towels.  Oh, and all of the treats in the pantry.  Monique the 2nd cook was so helpful too, what a sweetheart.

I think our trip has made Lincoln 10 years younger.  It was so special.  He wears the Spirit t-shirt you gave him, with great pride and hopes someone will engage him in conversation about our trip.

PS.  Sean, you are a very fine teacher.  I think that you have the gift.

 I will remember this trip always,

Joan Grahlfs




The winning tickets were drawn at the 2013 Toronto Brigantine Pirate's Ball were 

1st prize: Guy Numanville, of Wasaga Beach, Ontario
2nd prize: Sue Buckland, Wiarton, Ontario
3rd prize: Warren Jones, Owen Sound, Ontario
4th Prize: Elaine Mardirosan, Grosse Point Park, Michigan
5th prize: Jennifer Sellars, Etobicoke, Ontario 
6th prize : Dave Rowland, Lowbanks Ontario

The draw was held in Toronto, on February, 24th, 2013.

1st prize ticket sold by: Keith Filby
2nd prize ticket sold by: Hulls
3rd prize ticket sold by: Seann O'Donoughue
4th Prize ticket sold via: [boatnerd]
5th prize ticket sold by: Toronto Brigantine
6th prize ticket sold by: Jim Gallant
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