International Contest of Seamanship – Belfast, Maine – Summer 2024

This summer, Atlantic Challenge Canada will participate in the International Contest of Seamanship in Belfast, ME. The on-water activities will take place in Penobscot Bay offering an excellent backdrop to the events.

Atlantic Challenge Canada will be recruiting youth crew members from all over Canada to represent our country for the 2024 contest. Any youth aged 15 and up by July may apply to be on the crew.  A crew member does not need any previous experience to join the Canadian crew. Individuals should be motivated, enthusiastic and ready for the arduous training schedule in the weeks leading up to the event. You need only to ask a previous crew-member how life-changing this experience can be!

The crews will be housed together during the event and encouraged to interact through the many activities scheduled. Nightly theme activities allow interaction amongst participants and provide an opportunity to experience various cultures. The crew performed well at the Denmark contest in 1998 by placing first and the 2006 crew had the honour of placing second in Italy and were recognized for their accomplishments by our then Prime Minister, Stephen Harper and our local MP, Bruce Stanton.

Canada first participated in the contest in 1992, and has hosted twice. The first event hosted in 1994 was at Discovery Harbour, in Penetanguishene in conjunction with the Tall Ship GB ’94 festival and again in 2010 in Midland, Ontario. Past contests we have participated in outside of Canada include France, Ireland, Denmark, United Kingdom, Italy, Finland, Northern Ireland and the United States.

Please contact us for further information.


Please contact us for more information about applications. We’re looking for crew members to join us this year!

2024 Application (PDF).  Please ensure you are using Adobe Reader to fill in the form or print a copy, thank you.