Stories and Scenes from prior AdventureSail® 2003 Events


2003 AdventureSail

 Sarah Pederson was the host for the Racine Yacht Club when it joined with the local YWCA to hold its fifth AdventureSail® program on July 25th. A beautiful day for everyone. Each girl received a handsome Certificate of Participation.




 July 11, 2003
Liberty Classroom aboard Liberty Tall Ship
Boston Harbor
co-chairs: Sue Corl and Joan Thayer
sponsorship: Boston Private Bank & Trust Company

 33 girls from Girls Inc. of Lynn had the opportunity to sail on the 125’ Tall Ship, Liberty, as part of the Liberty Classroom, an educational program conducted on board and under sail. The girls hoisted the sails and steered the ship along with other basic seamanship training while touring Boston Harbor. Despite the rain and fog, the girls toughed it out just as sailors had to do many many years ago. AdventureSail® T-shirts became turbans as protection against the weather. Large black garbage bags became rain coats. The girls were able to warm up and dry out below when they had lunch before helping to lower the sails before returning to the dock.

 The girls are participating in Eureka, a science, math, technology and sports summer program sponsored by Girls Inc.

 The Liberty Classroom, a program in its second year, offers local youth groups the rare chance to sail as student trainees on a three-hour educational sail aboard the 125’ Tall Ship Liberty. "We are very excited about offering this unique opportunity for girls to learn about sailing." said Patricia A. Driscoll, Executive Director of Girls Inc. The Liberty Classroom seeks to introduce young people to the value and excitement of the sailing experience. Said Captain John Wigglesworth, "We were delighted to have the girls with us. We are pleased that the program is growing with new groups such as AdventureSail and Girls Inc." "And that makes us all happy." Said co-chair Sue Corl.

 Girls Incorporated of Lynn became involved with the Liberty Classroom through its participation with the National Women’s Sailing Association (NWSA) and its AdventureSail®, a mentoring program for young girls at risk. This is the second year that NWSA has teamed up with Girls Inc for an AdventureSail® event. Sue and Joan were joined by Sally Lunt of Cambridge, also a member of NWSA and on the board of directors of the Liberty Classroom.




June 28, 2003
Hosted by Courageous Sailing Center
Charlestown, MA

The 7th AdventureSail® in the Boston area was held at Courageous Sailing Center on a sunny, light-winded Saturday. Fourteen matches of Big and Little Sisters from the Greater Boston Big Sister Association arrived and were given bright pink AdventureSail T-shirts and assigned a boat. Two matches and a skipper sailed on Rhodes 19s for about an hour and a half. The girls returned to the Center at noon where other volunteer women were cooking up hot dogs and hamburgs. After lunch, the on-shore program included sailing anagrams, learning code flags and finally a knot tying session. Even the volunteers were learning a knot or two. Several girls expressed an interest in returning to Courageous for further sailing lessons, which are free to any child in the Boston area.