Captain & Expedition Leader

Matt Lemay

Expedition Team

“I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by; And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking, And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.”

– John Masefield

Matt joined the Outer Shores crew full-time in 2016 as Captain of Passing Cloud, and contributes extensively to vessel upgrades and maintenance during the off season. After leaving his studies in biology at the University of Victoria for a love of the sea, the coast, and endless adventure, Matt has spent the last 10 years roaming the coast of British Columbia on ships that span the full range of eco- and adventure tourism, coastal industry, and pilotage. Matt currently holds a 150 GT Master’s license and an SVMO unrestricted marine engineering ticket for work on coastal vessels, and spends the rest of his year working for the Pacific Pilotage Authority as well as on various classic wooden vessel restoration projects.

Although Matt was born in the prairies, his love of sailing and wooden boats started young. He moved from coast to coast (from PEI to Vancouver Island) with his family and sailed ships large and small in Les Iles de la Madeleine and in BC’s Southern Gulf Islands. Matt eventually came to work for the youth sail training organization the Sail and Life Training Society (SALTS). After working aboard the tall ships Pacific Swift and Pacific Grace and exploring the coast of BC and southeastern Alaska with thousands of young people over eight years with SALTS, Matt has now turned his focus to ecotourism and coastal conservation.