The Royal Canadian Navy purchased two identical, offshore capable, 36-foot yachts in 1985. For the last 30+ years, one of these vessels, STV Tuna, was homeported in Halifax, Nova Scotia, while the other, STV Goldcrest, was homeported in Esquimalt, British Columbia. Recently, the navy decided to station both Sail Training Vessels at CFB Esquimalt. These photographs were taken at the Halifax Dockyard on Thursday, November 30, 2017, just before STV Tuna began her overland journey to the west coast.
STV Tuna has introduced countless members of the Halifax area defence community to sailing through courses and adventure training. She also competed in many regattas including Chester Race Week, Route Halifax-St. Pierre, Marblehead, Newport-Bermuda, and others. STV Tuna’s departure is a sad occasion for the east coast sailing community, but also a source of anticipation and excitement for our west-coast counterparts. Fair winds Tuna, your east-coast crew will miss you!