Jason Bolt on board Sorlandet
March 2, 2013: Two young Port Stanley men, Jason Bolt and Jeff Wilson, have
seen a lot of the world in their 27 years, but they never could have expected that
their paths would cross in Capetown, South Africa. That is exactly what happened
Both were born and raised in Port Stanley, growing up a few doors away from each
other on George Street. Jason is the son of Jennifer Prothero and Jeff is the son
of George and Mary Wilson.
As youngsters, they attended Port Stanley Public School where they developed an
interest in music, which they pursued when they attended Central Elgin Collegiate
After graduation, Jason Bolt attended Humber College while Jeff Wilson enrolled
at the University of Western Ontario. Both developed other interests. Jeff enjoyed
swimming and aquatics. It was no surprise that Jason became interested in sailing.
He had been spending summers on his uncle's tall ships since he was 11.
Despite their different paths, the two friends kept in touch and were reunited every
Christmas in Port Stanley.
In 2000, at age 15, Jason and his twin brother, Zack, raised enough money to sail
in the Tall Ships Atlantic Race, starting in Bermuda and ending in Bremerhaven,
Germany. Since then, Jason has worked on Tall Ships in Halifax, Toronto, and the
Caribbean, and has earned second officer rating. Now serving aboard the world's
oldest operating tall ship, Sorlandet, under lease to Class Afloat, Jason Bolt has
been to Portugal, North Africa, Rio de Janeiro and more recently to South Africa.
His travels can be followed on the
Class Afloat web site.
Jeff Wilson's studies have taken him to distant places as well. Last year, he was
in Oslo but since then has moved to South Africa where he is teaching English at
a university about forty miles outside of Capetown. When Jason arrived there in
February, Jeff was able to show him the sights, starting with a small farm he lives
on at Stellenbosch, surrounded by vineyards and ostriches. They feasted at a braai
(South African BBQ) and renewed a friendship that began almost a quarter of a century
Since leaving South Africa, Jason has sailed on to Namibia and it is hard to predict
where his future adventures will take him, but wherever he goes, he stands a good
chance of running across his globe-trotting friend Jeff Wilson.
It is sometimes incredible what Port Stanley kids get up to.