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Girl Scout Sailing on the Chesapeake
Aug 11, 2013 - Aug 11, 2013
Age Groups: J (click for more information)
Annapolis Marriott Waterfront
80 Compromise Street
Annapolis, MD 2140
Description: During your two hour cruise aboard the Schooner Woodwind, we take a very interactive approach to educating the girls about sailing. After the safety speech we will split the girls up into four smaller teams where each team will put up one of the four sails (unless it's too windy). There will be a 10 minute overview of sailing and commands. They will then cycle through four team stations where the crew educates the girls by asking questions (20 minutes each). As they sail the boat back on a course to Annapolis, they will understand the power that teamwork plays in sailing and how they can use this "power" in every day life.
- Permission to Board: We will have the girls ask permission before they come aboard. We will tell them where to stow their belongings and what to expect aboard.
- Staying Afloat: We have one of the girls demonstrate to the whole boat how to correctly put on a life jacket and adjust it for their size.
- All Hands On Deck: During our safety speech, before we leave the dock, we discuss personal safety, what to do if someone falls overboard, if there is a fire aboard, and how to work the boat systems safely.
- Hoist the Sails: The girls will have the chance to raise the sails (all four sails, weather permitting).
- From Bow to Stern: Nautical Terms will be discussed in an overview for 15 minutes to the whole boat, please read up on the Parts of the Boat and Terms Used by Sailors. This will help them learn more quickly when aboard. Tacking and Gybing and some knot tying may be covered in this section.
- Talk like a Sailor: Sailors have developed a style for communicating in a concise manor that leaves very little room for error. This helps the team work effectively. There is a preparatory command, a question of readiness, and then the execution command. The girls we be using these commands in the first 15 minutes and throughout the cruise (maybe on the ride home, too).
- Thar She Blows: A proper lookout is necessary for any boat. We will show the girls how to keep a good lookout and how to communicate with the captain with hand signals. We will have the girls keep a lookout for buoys, crab pots, and other vessels.
- Sailing the Boat: The girls will cycle through different sailing stations during the cruise.
- Lookout and Jib Sail - the jib is our most forward sail which they will learn how to work.
- Staysail - the staysail is the sail in the middle of the boat which they will learn how to work.
- Fisherman - this is our topsail that requires the most amount of work. (On windy days, we may not be able to set this sail.)
- Steering the Schooner - Each girl will have a short chance to "helm" the boat. They might head for a navigational landmark or a compass course and give clear, concise commands to the entire team.
There is so much to see as we sail past the United States Naval Academy into the Chesapeake Bay. Along the way, we point out the interesting sights to everyone aboard.
Cost: $48 per adult, $46 per scout 12 & over, $32 per child under 12
To Register: Call the Schooner Woodwind Business Office 410-263-1981 or visit https://www.schoonerwoodwind.com/buy-tickets/girl-scout-2-hour-sails
If there are not enough spaces on this date, check out our other scheduled dates:
Sunday, May 5 3:00pm-5:00pm Brownie “Wonders of Water” Journey
Sunday, June 9 11:00am-1:00pm Junior “Power of Team” Award
Sunday, June 30 10:00am-12:00pm Teen “Smooth Sailing - your relationship with water”
Sunday, July 14 11:00am-1:00pm Brownie “Wonders of Water” Journey
Sunday, Sept. 8 3:00pm-5:00pm Teen “Smooth Sailing - your relationship with water”
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