Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, May 18, 2016


Unique Canadian School at Sea Offers $25,000 Scholarship for Young Sailors

Class Afloat has announced scholarship funding of  $25,000 for young sailors interested taking their next school year to the world’s oceans.

The Young Sailor Scholarship was created to assist students – endorsed by their sailing school, sail-training program or yacht club – to participate in the extraordinary educational experience of attending high school while sailing the Gulden Leeuw (Golden Lion), a spectacular, 230-foot, three-masted topsail schooner rigged Class ‘A’ tall ship. The scholarship will be awarded to young sailors who best demonstrate the values of excellence, integrity, community, teamwork, accountability, respect, commitment and achievement in their academic and sailing lives.

Next year, Class Afloat students will sail an incredible 21,000 nautical miles (39,000 km) from Amsterdam, into the Mediterranean, south along the coast of Africa, then across to Brazil and down the coast of South America before they head east across the South Atlantic to Cape Town, South Africa (via Tristan da Cunha, the most remote inhabited island in the world).  From Cape Town, they will cross the Atlantic a third time to the Caribbean and turn north to finish their voyage in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

The Class Afloat community of 60 Canadian and international students will explore 18 ports of call, participate in community service projects, and learn as much about themselves as they will about the places they visit and the people they meet.

Class Afloat President David Jones notes that the school has a 30-year legacy of offering a unique experiential education. “Since our first voyage in 1985, over 1,700 students have taken their education from their traditional classroom to the oceans and ports of the world. We are now seeing the second generation enrolling in our programme as alumni encourage their children to have the same life-changing Class Afloat experience they had.”

Class Afloat welcomes applications from students worldwide for the 2016-17 academic year and there is limited space available for the 2016-17 school year.


More information about Class Afloat is available at

About Class Afloat and the Gulden Leeuw

Class Afloat- West Island College International is a Canadian private school offering fully accredited senior high school (grades 11&12), university, and GAP Year programs while sailing to approximately 20 ports on four continents. Class Afloat is based in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada and was founded in 1984 in support of the UN International Youth Year, and the themes of Peace, Participation and Development.

The 230-foot long Class A ship Gulden Leeuw is a three-mast topsail schooner. The Dutch flagged ship has a classic design hull from 1937, but was completely redesigned and rebuilt in 2010 for sail training purposes.

She sails with a professional mariner crew of seven.

Media Contacts:

David Jones
1.902.541.0502 (mobile)