The waters that compose Connecticut's “Gold Coast” are renowned as one of the most captivating and enchanting bodies of water in the United States - and for good reason. The blue waves of the Long Island Sound have long enticed settlers and civilians alike, and this allure is one of the reasons that Fairfield County is the economic powerhouse that it is today.
There are few better ways to experience the Gold Coast than by boat. Fortunately, Norwalk’s own Sea Scout Ship 6 provides sailing and boating programs for high schoolers.
“We are a youth-led, off-shores sailing and seamanship program, for teens aged fourteen through (technically twenty one, but more like) eighteen,” says William “Owen” McClung (‘20), who serves as the boatswain (or, in his words, “technically the president”) of the organization. Ship 6 also provides overnight sailing excursions to areas such as Mystic, CT, Block Island, RI and Newport, RI, and participates in various competitive sailing races.
Simply experiencing Connecticut's coast isn’t the only reason to join this club, however. “It’s a good opportunity to learn to sail - you don’t have to know how to sail before joining - [and] it’s a great leadership opportunity. You learn a lot of life skills, and make a lot of friends. You get to go on a boat, too! It’s also good for finding jobs and your resume, to get to college and stuff like that,” explains Ship 6 member Matthew “Matt” Zeller (‘20).
Fortunately for opportunity seekers, Ship 6 is currently looking for additional members. “[Currently,] there are six,” affirms Zeller. “Our highest point was thirteen.” Unfortunately, the club was not aided by Principal Scott Hurwitz, despite Ship 6 being almost entirely comprised of Brien McMahon High School students.
“Basically, I asked Mr. Hurwitz if I could put flyers up, because we are having an Open House, and then, he was like, ‘I’d like to, but no, because you guys aren’t affiliated with the school.’ And I was like, ‘I get it, yeah.’ If he lets us put up our stuff, then he has to let anyone put up their stuff. So I get it - I have no problem with his decision there,” clarifies McClung.
McClung and Zeller ask you to attend the Ship 6 Open House on Tuesday, March 26 at 7 p.m. at Saint Philip Church at 25 France Street in Norwalk, CT. Additional information about the club will be provided at the event, or for those unable to attend, on Ship 6’s website.