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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Aug. 8 -Aug. 14, 2003 - 59 Big Brothers Big Sisters cruise from Lewes on the Kalmar Nyckel By Gina Kaye Spending time sailing on a big pirate ship look-alike is an excit- ing excursion for most people and for 24 children from the Big Brothers Big Sisters program the day felt like a dream. Big brother and sister volun- teers from the Sussex County Big Brothers Big Sisters program ac- companied their young friends on the Kalmar Nyckel for an ocean adventure Aug. 1. 'qlais was by far the best thing we have ever done" Elizabeth El- der, director of Big Brothers Big Sisters, said. As 44 bigs and littles boarded the Kalmar Nyckel, crewmembers prepared the "Tall Ship of Delaware" for its daytime sail. Passengers were mesmerized by the crew's diligence as they ma- nipulated huge ropes, to inch the ship away from tile dock. Elder said she was excited about the trip because it appealed to older boys and younger girls: alike. "This activity was great because it fit everyone," she said. "Almost all the pairs invited attended. We got to see matches of bigs and lit- ties we haven't see together for a long time" The Kalmar Nyckel foundation donated the ride so the children and their mentors could enjoy the summer day from sea and learn the rich history of the sailboat. The ship was built in 1998 as a replica of the original ship that carried the first settlers from Swe- den to Wilmington in 1638. The excursion started with the help of both bigs and litties who set the Tall Ship in motion by pulling on the sail lines while singing "bound for south Aus- tralia" to the captain's cadence. The experience of riding the Kalmar Nyckel and learning about its history was heightened for the young passengers because they were able to spend time with their big brothers and sisters. Micaela Littleton, 7, and her big sister Heather Culton have been matched for six months. They said they have gone to the beach, ridden their bikes together and ice-skated; but nothing compared to the fun they had on the Kalmar Nyckel. Elder said she was pleased with the success of the trip and that she is always happy to see the positive effects the mentors have on their friends. Big Brother Patrick Jackson agreed that the program is very important. "I feel like everything I do im- pacts [my little brother]," he said. "I think I have made a difference in his life and he has made a dif- ference in my life too. Being in- volved in the program was a ma- turing step for me" Elder said Big Brother Big Sis- ter volunteers range in age and have very different interests and hobbies although all volunteers possess a big heart. She said there are currently 80 matches in Sussex County and 70 children waiting for a mentor. Over half of the children waiting are boys who need a male role model. "We don't have many male vol- unteers" Elder said, "but the men we do have are so wonderful we want to clone them." Big Brother Big Sister volun- teers are not expected to spend countless hours with their little Continued on page 63 Gina Kaye photo Micaela Littleton, 7, probes the water with her binoculars from the deck of the Kalmar Nyckel while her big sister Heather Culton smiles by her side. RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE Come tour our furnished moddsl Open 7 days a week Preview home., tloorpl00 find vtmml toun www, coun00omes,com COUNTRY LIFE HOMES. m Buai For Life --- Au,ard Buil,00 T " " :TIFPlrNTFIII1TTIr7 V "1? I I "  " -- - " IIIllimlllmilmlfl I I1[li1111[IIII1|; ilia,aim III TIIIII!li[q]i]Irl"r'lTiT