11/13/2019—Ashley Hall students recently sailed hundreds of miles as part of the school’s Offshore Leadership Program. The annual voyage for girls between the ages of 15 to 18 teaches these students not only how to run the ship and navigate waters, but how to collaborate as a team to safely reach their destination. The girls successfully sailed the Liberty Clipper, a 150-ton tall ship, down the Atlantic Coast more than 400 miles from Norfolk, Virginia.
“The ultimate goal is to really develop their leadership style and to help them understand that there are different leadership styles out there and they’re each bringing something different to the table,” said Alison Parks, an instructor who was on board the ship.
An Ashley Hall student, who had no long-distance sailing experience before boarding the Liberty Clipper, expressed her feelings following the voyage, “I think it is really a confidence-building thing.”