A Voyage Comes to An End Aboard the World's Only Tall Ship With An All-Female Crew
August 5, 2008
Girl Scouts Climb the Rigging with Sisters Under Sail
August 4, 2008 - This summer, two groups of teen-aged Girl Scouts from two different regions of Connecticut experienced “Sisters Under Sail” aboard the Tallship Unicorn.
On two one-day sails, the first originating from Court House Pier in New London and the second from Captain’s Cove Dock in Bridgeport, the girls experienced the rigors of sailing in a unique program that developed their self-confidence and self-esteem .The program taught new skills, how to take risks, work as a team, respect each other’s differences and cultures, and to build leadership qualities. The girls did everything from plotting their course, to going aloft and raising the sails.
The Tallship Unicorn was built in Holland in 1947, constructed in part with steel from salvaged World War II German U-boats. The overall length of the ship is 118 feet, including bowsprit, with an 86-foot deck. The rig is a double-masted, square topsail, gaff-rigged schooner with a crew of up to 10. She flies a United States flag.
After scaling the rigging, East Lyme Cadette Girl Scout Sarah took in the view of Long Island Sound.
“If we can go on this ship and know that we can sail it and do everything these girls have been doing, we can probably go into high school knowing we can do everything there too.”
The final sail in this adventure docked on July 31th at 5:00 pm and was greeted by Sisters Under Sail participants, along with program sponsors and Girl Scout Program Staff.
Girl Scouts offers girls ages 5-17 educational, recreational, and personal growth programs and activities. Dedicated volunteers and professional staff prepare them for the challenges of today and the future, instilling positive values, building leadership skills, and developing self-esteem. For more information on joining Girl Scouts of Connecticut, log onto www.gsofct.org or call 1(800) 922-2770.
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