Mayor Welcomes Student Sailors; Rotary Club Announces Port of Cleveland 2013 Tall Ships Festival

August 16, 2012 – In a ceremony at Voinovich Park this afternoon, Mayor Frank G. Jackson and other dignitaries welcomed home 16 Cleveland students who have spent the past week sailing on Lake Erie as a working crew on the US Brig Niagara under the command of Captain Wesley Heerssen. The Niagara is the 200-year-old relief flagship that served in theBattle of 1812 onLake Erie. The students are members of the Cleveland Rotary Club’s Project YESS (Youth Empowered to Succeed through Sailing), a unique leadership development program that develops courage and confidence through five land-based curriculum sessions followed by a week-long voyage on a tall ship.

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