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To offer a unique educational platform for students in the Palmetto state, encouraging responsibility, teamwork, and other attributes necessary to become future leaders, while unearthing South Carolina's maritime past.
The Spirit of South Carolina will provide the following benefits:
- Develop future national/international leaders from a state that has limited representation in politics, business and media
- Bolster education in a state that needs to raise performance and ratings
- Act as a roaming ambassador of the state benefiting economic development
- Improve awareness of South Carolina maritime history
- Increase environmental awareness and vital scientific research of our oceans and coastal communities
- Heighten port awareness which will increase commerce
The three core elements that the ship will reflect and aim to achieve:
The Spirit of South Carolina tall ship will provide sailing opportunities for young people to experience the sea while participating in a variety of educational and youth development programs. The structure of the sail training experience will encourage the building of character, the taking of responsibility and the development of leadership skills while learning to work with others as a student crew member. In addition to learning practical seafaring skills it is expected that all sailors will bring back from their adventure a new understanding of responsibility, teamwork and leadership.
More than just a platform for sail training, the Spirit of South Carolina will be a symbol that pays tribute to the resourcefulness and vibrancy of South Carolinians, and in particular, the potential of the state's younger citizens. She will be a beautiful, fast, world-class schooner, which everyone in South Carolina can be proud to have as a representative in port cities around the world. Wherever she sails, the Spirit and her crew will serve as South Carolina's goodwill ambassadors.
The beautiful sight of a classic wooden sailing ship on Charleston's waterfront will be an attraction to the residents and visitors of South Carolina. Servicing students from across the Palmetto state, the Spirit of South Carolina will add a nautical treasure to the state's already popular attractions, in addition to providing an enormous community resource to children and families of the state.
- Christine Haigh
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