- Category: Tall Ships
- Published on Friday, 01 July 2011 17:23
- Written by Sisters Under Sail
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Daughters of deployed U.S. military, ages 13 to 18, are invited to sail on board the tall ship Unicorn in the summer of 2012 to honor their parents’ service for our country. "This Ain’t No Cruise, Sister!", the youth programming component for Sisters Under Sail, a non-profit organization based in Asbury, N.J., was announced today at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
“In honor of the 200th anniversary of the U.S. Navy, Sisters Under Sail has its eyes set on participating in OpSail 2012,” said Dawn Santamaria, executive director and founder of Sisters Under Sail.
Sailing as the only all-female crewed tall ship in the world, Unicorn will sail with daughters of deployed American service members from New York City to Norfolk, Va., and from Baltimore to Boston. The organization will partner with the Washington, DC- based not-for-profit Operation Sail, which has embraced the Sisters Under Sail mission and initiative to help identify these girls.
Established in 2005, Sisters Under Sail was established through the inspiration of Santamaria’s family experience. “My four daughters grew up sailing aboard our tall ship, Unicorn," she said. "What we offer is the opportunity for young women to step aboard for a voyage of self-discovery through confidence-building activities and maneuvering of our 110-foot ship.”
Since its inception, Sisters Under Sail has hosted nearly 400 teenage girls and 200 women. Forty-five percent of the girls are sponsored by generous donors. “We seek sponsorship or benefactor dollars to help us offer this wonderful 2012 program to those who give so much to our country,” Santamaria said.