Thursday, December 8, 2011

Captain Joshua's Maintenance & Restoration Update

Volunteer Work Weekends
Adventuress' maintenance season is underway!  With both new and returning friends and volunteers, we held a fun and successful Volunteer Winter Work Weekend on December 3 and 4th at Historic Ships Wharf in Seattle.  With many hands, and support from The Center for Wooden Boats, we were able to accomplish quite a bit.  Chief Mate Sarah Felder organized the crew of volunteers as we:
  • Prepped and painted the foc'sle interior and bunk boards (Huge Project!)
  • Disassembled, cleaned, greased and painted blocks,
  • Worked on fixing our Bosun's Tools Box and the ship's boarding ladder
  • Fixed interior cabinetry in crew cabin
  • Coat of varnish on some pin rails and
  • Prepped and updated our signage
Thank you all who came to enjoy each other's company, and the remarkably good weather!  Thank you also to all who tried to make it down - we look forward to seeing you for the next one. 

Email joshua(at)soundexp(dot)org if you are interested in joining us for the next Volunteer Winter Work Weekend during the Martin Luther KIng Weekend and Day of Service, January 14-16th.  Sign up early to make sure we have bunk space available!

Adventuress' New Sails!
Everything is in place to begin building new sails for the Adventuress in January!  Students at The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding, in conjunction with Sean Rankins of Northwest Sails, will be building a new Mainsail for the schooner Adventuress.  “The Boat School” is accepting applications for the 2012 Sailmaking and Rigging class to be taught January 9th through March 23rd, 2012.  And, there is space available for you to sign up!

The class will introduce students to the full range of traditional sailmaking skills, including tools, materials, design, measuring, handwork, machine work, canvas work and the range of basic techniques needed by Sailmakers and Riggers.  It is a hands-on, technique-oriented course that students will find to be a superlative introduction to the field.

This is a great opportunity to work alongside The Boat School as both organizations are learning institutions valuing education to increase awareness and skills of traditional maritime trades.  Many Boat School graduates work in tall ships, shipyards, boatshops and sail lofts across the US, Canada, Europe and Asia where their craftsmanship, creativity and artistic talents enhance their communities.

Sign up NOW for the last remaining spots; SCHOLARSHIPS are available!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Upward Bound Students Sail Aboard Adventuress

By Keith Van Essen
Upward Bound Counselor

For three years now, Adventuress, a beautifully restored wooden schooner, has been home for 5 days/4 nights to a variety of Upward Bound participants, students who come from low-income families and will be the first generation in their families to attend college.

Getting out of Seattle for an adventure such as this is a once in a lifetime experience for UB students; many of them rarely even venture beyond the borders of their own neighborhood or city.  This year, two Upward Bound students, Alazar and Vivian, jumped at the opportunity to take part in this sailing adventure through the San Juan Islands.  Both of them had only positive things to say.

Alazar wrote, “I was able to see unique animals such as Orcas and Seals, and I hiked up to a huge lighthouse where I could overlook the beautiful Puget Sound.  The entire trip was an amazing experience!”

Vivian noted, “My trip on the Fantastic Voyage was amazing!  I learned so much like the names of the sails and ropes on the ship, the JKL (Orca) pods, and I learned some history of the San Juan Islands.  I definitely made some great long lasting friend and would love to go back again and again!”

Our students will forever be impacted by this experience as their minds and hearts have been enriched by this outdoor, experiential, team-building experience.  A HUGE thank you goes out to the generous staff of Sound Experience who for 3 years now have invited our Upward Bound students to come aboard the Adventuress and benefit from an amazing experience on the Puget Sound.

Sincere thanks,

Keith Van Essen
Upward Bound Counselor

Monday, August 22, 2011

Adventuress teams up with The Boat School for her new Mainsail

This coming winter students at The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding, in conjunction with Sean Rankins of Northwest Sails, will be building a new Mainsail for the schooner Adventuress.  NWSWB, locally known as “The Boat School” is accepting applications for the 2012 Sailmaking and Rigging class to be taught January 9th through March 23rd, 2012.  And, there is space available for you to sign up!

The class will introduce students to the full range of traditional sailmaking skills, including tools, materials, design, measuring, handwork, machine work, canvas work and the range of basic techniques needed by Sailmakers and Riggers.  It is a hands-on, technique-oriented course that students will find to be a superlative introduction to the field.  A complete course listing is available on the Boat School's web page at:
Master Sailmaker, Sean Rankins, of Northwest Sails will teach the class and will be assisted by other professional sailmakers and riggers.  Sean has well over thirty years of experience as a sailmaker.  Adventuress has been working with Sean over the last year to design and build new sails as part of the Centennial Restoration Project.

This is a great opportunity to work alongside The Boat School as both organizations are learning institutions valuing education to increase awareness and skills of traditional maritime trades.  Many Boat School graduates work in tall ships, shipyards, boatshops and sail lofts across the US, Canada, Europe and Asia where their craftsmanship, creativity and artistic talents enhance their communities.

Adventuress’ Mainsail is the second largest working sail on the West Coast and carries over 3,000 people a year throughout Puget Sound and the lower Salish Sea.  At 2,500 square feet it will be the first of the four lower sails to be built for the ship’s 100th birthday.

During the 2012 class, students will also make sails for the Dana Point CA-based gaff topsail schooner The Spirit of Dana Point.

The Sailmaking and Rigging class is a comprehensive and intensive class.  Students will work in the School's Sail Loft 10am - 5pm Mondays and 8am -5pm daily Tuesday through Friday as well as on other local vessels as appropriate.

Other Boat School programs include 9 month diplomas and 12 month Associate Degrees of Occupational Studies in Traditional Small Craft, Traditional Large Craft, and Contemporary Wooden Boatbuilding in addition to the 3 month Certificate program in the Sailmaking and Rigging class announced above.  

Interested?  Contact Captain Joshua Berger at: Joshua(at)soundexp(dot)org

Or, the NWSWB directly at:

The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding

42 N Water Street, Port Hadlock WA 98339

(See them on Facebook at

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Girls Take the Helm

By Elizabeth Becker

In late July, an enthusiastic group of 16 young women, average age 13, boarded Adventuress in Friday Harbor for 3 days of sailing, learning, and exploring.  Except for one group of five Girl Scouts who had journeyed all the way from central Oregon, the girls didn’t know one another.  But any hesitance quickly evaporated during the opening circle, lunch, and Watch Group orientations.  A sunny afternoon of sailing kept everyone busy hauling on lines, tacking, and taking turns at the helm.  At anchor in McKay Harbor off Lopez Island, preparations began for the evening program, which would include resource reports and game night.

One of the unique aspects of Girls at the Helm is having a group of women mentors aboard to share their passions and expertise with the participants.  On this trip, the five mentors shared their interests in wildlife biology, teamwork, photography, tall ships, and water quality.  The crew, which was mostly female for this trip, added plankton and sail theory to the mix.

Furling the jib in windy weather
On day 2, the ship headed south and east into the Strait of Juan de Fuca, heading up Rosario Strait.  The sun and calm seas of the day before had given way to cooler temperatures, stronger winds, and sizable swells, giving all aboard a taste of saltier sailing.  Heading back through Thatcher Pass brought smoother waters along with a bit of rain. But once at anchor in Blind Bay off Shaw Island, the sun came out and there was plenty of time for climbing aloft, sailing Ayashe, and doing some fancy knotwork.

During dinner, the participants had an opportunity for some one-on-one time with the mentors, with an assignment to ask them questions and then share the answers with the whole group during the evening program. The girls did an awesome job with their presentations, which were followed up with skits by each Watch Group.

The trip ended far too soon. Day 3 brought Adventuress back to Friday Harbor under sunny skies. The girls left with great memories, a better sense of their abilities, and a new window into what’s possible.
“I learned that I’m stronger than I thought.” ---participant

Studying plankton
The Intrepid Mentors
Hauling up the mainsail
Studying the charts
Learning Adventuress' sails
Preparing to go up Adventuress' mainmast!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Getting Personal

By Zoƫ Plakias

Our family within a family
Oh, Adventuress. [Insert sigh here]. For those of you, like me, who don’t live nearby, it’s easy to forget why we love Adventuress so much. Sure, we can give money when asked, or respond to Facebook posts, and these are important aspects of our community. But we forget what it’s like to be onboard – to see someone’s realization of self worth when they first learn to tie a bowline or that look of fear that precedes the climb aloft followed by pure joy on the return to deck. We forget that feeling of shared satisfaction coupled with exhaustion at the end of a long day of sailing.

I first sailed aboard Adventuress more than 5 years ago now. But it had been a few years since I’d participated in a program. This past week, I had the joy to sail as both a volunteer crewmember and participant with my partner, a crewmember, and his 13-year old niece. This allowed me the best of all possible worlds—to participate in a program in a way I never had before. I was both a member of a watch as a participant, and a crewmember without a watch, spending time in the galley and on deck, able to observe from a few steps back.

And I was blown away by what I saw. I had forgotten the aspects of sharing and camaraderie that make Sound Experience so special. We share our knowledge and our songs and our poetry and our history and our dreams with each other. We get personal. This is the point where Catherine, our Executive Director, get’s a little worried about what I’m going to say. It’s a bit of a joke within the Sound Experience community that many past crewmembers and volunteers end up in romantic relationships later on. My partner and I are two such crewmembers. And although this is meant as a joke, it comes as no surprise. I have learned more about my fellow shipmates on one six-day trip than I have learned about friends I have known on land for years. There are no walls on a ship. There is no room for baggage. This is true of Adventuress more than any other ship I have sailed on. Participants and crew literally sleep in a cabin together with no divisions, bulkheads or curtains. There really is no space for extra clothes, rolling suitcases, and all that stuff we like to carry with us these days. And this reminds us—there is no need to worry if someone sees us without our make-up on or our hair brushed. Who cares if we wear the same shirt as yesterday? Everyone else is doing the same.

In just six days, all of us—crew and participants alike—are able to let go of these trivialities, get to know each other and our selves better and to push ourselves to do things we have not done before. Captain Joshua says he has one goal for a trip. “I consider a trip to be successful,” he says, “if we all return just a little bit better off than when we started.” What I love about this goal is how all encompassing it is. It means a participant overcoming a fear of heights to climb aloft. It means a crewmember calling the setting of a sail for the first time. It means learning something that you never knew about a loved one or a friend. It means being a little bit stronger and having more of a tan. Each of us gains something different from sailing aboard Adventuress. For me, it was a reminder to have faith in my fellow shipmates and in myself—that no matter how much planning time we put in, faith is always a necessary component.

So with that, I want to encourage you as well to do what I had forgotten to do for a long time—go sailing. Make the effort. Buy the plane ticket. Remember why you love Sound Experience. Although I have continued to support Sound Experience over the years, I had forgotten why I was doing it. I had forgotten about the serenity of Parks Bay at sunrise. I had forgotten how hard I could laugh. I had forgotten the power that just six days can have on a group of people that has never met before. I had forgotten how to get personal with myself and other people in a supportive and meaningful way.

And I had forgotten that it’s our responsibility, as members of the Sound Experience community, not to forget. So don’t.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Road Scholar Intergenerational Day 5 of 6 Day Voyage – Headed down Puget Sound toward Seattle from Everett

Q & A with the Grandchildren – 6 boys ages 10-13

Describe what you’ve liked the most on this trip so far:

"Climbing aloft.  You’re up there above everything – you can see everything afar – and it’s windy up there!  It’s an awesome experience."

"I’ve never been really, really high up before, except on roller coasters."

"I liked when we went on a hike – it’s just an island to itself.  And you needed a boat to get out there.  I’ve only been to islands you can drive to before."

"I think it’s really fun setting the sails – you’ve got everyone working together doing something that affects everyone else.  It’s kind of rewarding putting up something that weighs several thousand pounds!"

Each night we have evening program.  What has been your favorite part?

"I really like the whole program – the different “reports” – and everyone comes together to play games and sing.  There were old songs that I didn’t know but my grandmother did – and it helped us win!"

"I loved the murder mystery game! That was so funny in the end."

"It’s fun to see my grandmother here on the boat; she’s really different here than at home."

This final question was posed by one of the boys to the other boys…How do you think this experience has changed you?

"It’s taught me a lot about food waste and how you can eat healthy foods."

"I’ve learned to love different kinds of tea."

"You have to work hard to do something and in the end, it’s really rewarding."

"If no one did the dishes, you’d just have dirty dishes."

"Every little thing you do affects the environment – every little thing contributes to a big thing, which affects all other things."

"It’s definitely given me more experience in sailing.  I learned about new and different boats, the San Juan Islands, and history."

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Road Scholar Day 3 of 6 day voyage – Headed down the east side of Whidbey Island

Submitted by Ann Collins, Catherine’s mother

Yesterday was a bit rainy but not enough to stop anybody from enjoying above decks.  Most of the folks aboard went to discover Hope Island, spotting eagles and other wildlife.  A hike across the island was a welcome stretch of the legs with the delightful surprise of a rope swing over the bay upon arrival at the island – all ages took a turn!

I’m finding that I’m just enjoying the whole atmosphere, with time to think about all that life has given me with my daughter and my grandson Ben with me on the trip.  It feels like life has come full circle from the time I was a youngster, especially as I watch Ben learning what it takes to be comfortable at sea.  I grew up cruising the Maine coast in the 1940s and early 50s on a wooden yawl named the Fortune.  It has been years since I’ve spent time on a wooden boat, and it brings back all the memories of things my mother and father taught me about living on a boat. I hope I can share some of these things with Ben, as he is absorbing the shipboard culture alongside the enthusiastic Adventuress crew.

Today, we had the opportunity to climb way up into the rigging, and Ben loved it so much that he didn’t want to come down.  I trusted that despite my own fears about climbing, that I’d be able to return him in one piece to his parents at the end of trip.  Ben, on the other hand, was elated to have reached the top!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Road Scholar Day 1 of 6 day voyage – Anchoring in Dacatur Bay

June 26, 2011 - 
Submitted by Catherine Collins

Evening program has just ended, and the light on Mount Baker is golden red.  Four boys, ages 10-12, are creeping along the deck, walking like ninjas the way they were taught by crew member Dan Dan.  It’s the first day of the first Road Scholar (formerly Elder Hostel) Intergenerational trip of the season. 

I’m excited to be out of the office this week as “guest crew” and experiencing the magic of a program aboard Adventuress.  It’s sheer joy to have my mother, Ann, aboard.  She turned 75 this year, and is the real sailor in our family growing up on wooden boats on the coast of Maine.  My nephew, Ben, is aboard too, and quickly signed us up for anchor watch – enthusiastically jumping in at every turn.

We boarded yesterday afternoon, on a gorgeous Friday Harbor day.  Grandparents and grandkids – renewing and strengthening their relationships across generations, and of course, having fun.  Though most were a bit road-weary after traveling from all parts of the country, they were ready for adventure. 

After nearly 12 miles under sail, we settled down off Decatur Head, Decatur Island, which Ben helped the captain choose for our anchorage.  And a quiet night was had by all with much-needed rest and renewal – and delicious, healthy food from the galley.  Time to slow down, take in spectacular views of our Northwest waterways…and become part of the life of Puget Sound.  


Friday, May 27, 2011

New Start High School

By Zach Simonson-Bond

On a rainy day at Elliott Bay Marina, we waved goodbye to the New Start High School students as they walked away from Adventuress.  My eyes met the crew's and I could tell that they, like me, were experiencing a wide range of emotions.  Some eyes shimmered with tears, others shimmered with hope and inspiration.  Everyone's eyes were smiling.  Everyone was grateful to have sailed with New Start High School.

New Start High School is an alternative school with non-traditional programs to help its students succeed.  While the students may not have done well in traditional schools, they are determined to take full advantage of this opportunity to learn, grow and graduate.  And they are surrounded by people who care about their success.

Bev with her students
One of those supporters and advocates is Bev Mowrer.  She is a science teacher at New Start who is deeply passionate about finding opportunities for her students.  Through her endless energy and determination, she raised $1,000 to help put her students aboard Adventuress.  She wanted to use the voyage as incentive for her students to raise their grades and quit smoking.  Sound Experience was so moved by their story that we provided scholarship funding to pay for the rest of the voyage.

It was the right thing to do.

In my four years with Sound Experience, sailing on dozens of voyages, I have never seen such eager participants.  These students were gracious, hard working, and thirsty for every experience.  They were quick to smile and eager to help.  They embodied the spirit of Adventuress.

Students came with their own hopes for the voyage.  One student planned to join the Coast Guard after graduation and this was her first overnight experience on a boat.  Another was considering working in the marine trades.  But my favorite reason for coming was this:

Troy at the top of Adventuress' mainmast
"My grandpa's lifelong dream was to sail around the world.  He recently had to cut it short because he couldn't do it on his own anymore.  I want to learn as much as I can aboard Adventuress so I can help him finish his voyage." - Troy

That was merely the tip of a tremendously thoughtful and inspiring iceberg.

Their trip was short.  They spent two nights aboard Adventuress, but that was enough time to endear us to each other.  The bond happened so quickly, and so powerfully, that we were all choked up at their departure—it felt like we had known them for months.  I am certain the experience was even more powerful for them.  Here's what they had to say about their time on Adventuress:

"I learned how far I can push myself.  My experience opened my eyes and showed me that I can go forward and do more with my life.  I can work hard and work with others.  It's given me the push to want to be better." - Angela

"Before, I didn't know my classmates, but now, being on this ship, I feel like they're extended family.  Most of us didn't talk before and now we're communicating together." - Troy

"I've grown stronger, as in my will to do things.  When someone asks me to do something, I'll just to do it rather than waiting for someone else to do it.  I have more initiative and more respect for the things I do and what others do." - Nick

"I learned that even when I'm afraid, I can overcome those fears by taking one step forward. Just keep moving forward." - Katrina

"I learned to not be scared to do things.  It's ok to try something new.  Go out there, explore, see what's new in life and have fun." - Andres

New Start's journey has continued to have a powerful effect.  One student has already returned to Adventuress to volunteer for a week.  Bev was named Teacher of the Year for her district.  And Sound Experience continues to tell New Start's story as an example of the empowerment and community that can happen aboard Adventuress.

Volunteer Antonio chats to Cpt. Daniel

Keeping the ship safe on bow watch!

Rowing the dinghy, Ayashe

Furling the foresail
Jessica climbing aloft and rowing Ayashe

Mechanical advantage is a wondrous thing!

Everyone squeezes into the main cabin

Providing our own entertainment!

Doing the dishes

Thumbs up for washing the decks!

Scrubbing the sole boards (floors)

Nick checking the engine

Andres cleaning the soles

Jose hauls up the jib!

At the helm

Charting our location

Angela and Merilee 

Hanging out on the bowsprit

Bev performs as the crab zoea

We sang "La Bamba" and danced!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Chimacum School Wins Video Competition!

To the tune of SpongeBob SquarePants, “The Adventuress Chantey” video sailed to victory in our From Land to Sea - The Adventuress Video Project!  Mitch Brennan’s multi-age class from Chimacum Elementary took the prize, a free 3-hour educational sail aboard Adventuress.

Voting on the videos lasted just one week, ending on Sunday, May 22.  In that time the winning video was able to collect over 100 “likes” and was viewed over 900 times—twice as many as the next closest video.

“I think you can expect big things from us in the voting department,” said Brennan in an email to us before the competition.

True to his word, their chantey video won handily.  When we contacted Mr. Brennan this morning, a wild cheer came over the phone from his elated students!  Soon, he and his class will be sailing on Puget Sound’s environmental tall ship.

Our video competition, titled “From Land to Sea – The Adventuress Video Project,” was launched to build interest for Sound Experience’s youth programs aboard Adventuress, and to build relationships with the community on the Olympic Peninsula.  The contest encouraged youth from Jefferson, Clallam and Kitsap counties to answer, in video format, “Why do YOU want to sail aboard Adventuress?”

Six videos were submitted from groups in Port Angeles, Chimacum and Port Townsend.  The videos were posted to our YouTube Channel where they earned votes when people “liked” their movie.

“It was an incredible effort by all of the participating groups,” said Catherine Collins, Executive Director for Sound Experience.  “I was so thrilled when I first watched the videos that I didn’t stop smiling for days.  I wish we could sail with them all.”

Want to Sail with Your Class or Youth Group?
Adventuress will be actively sailing until the end of October.  Space is still available for schools and youth groups in September and October.  Additionally, Sound Experience offers trips for teens, families and adults sailing throughout the San Juan Islands.  For more information, visit Sound Experience’s website,, or call 360-379-0438.

Monday, April 18, 2011


By: Korie Griffith

And I thought that the winter of 2009-2010 was a big one! This winter’s completed project list, including Phases 2 & 3 of the Centennial Restoration Project, is most likely unparalleled in the life of the Adventuress. And, coupled with Phase 1 of the CRP and maintenance list from last winter, this schooner is probably in the best shape since her early years. The CRP is an extensive list of restoration work over 4 winters leading up the 100th birthday of Adventuress. But, just as we are dusting off from this winter, planning for future phases is already underway.

Who Made it all Possible?

On November 3, 2010, we returned to the shipyard at Haven Boatworks in Port Townsend, Washington. The expertise, professionalism and passion that the shipwrights, machinists and management brought to the restoration work fueled each day’s work whether it was pulling old stuff out or putting new stuff in. Many thanks go to Blaise, Brad, Arthur, Andy, Leland, Kit, Joe, Stephen & Julia. True to their nature as shipwrights, they not only repaired and restored Adventuress, they rebuilt her stronger and better without compromising her original lines.

At the heart of the winter’s work was our amazing winter crew. Led by Captain Joshua Berger and Mate Ryan Short, our team of dedicated volunteer crew led the way in logging over 4700 volunteer hours this winter! This crew lived aboard the ship when she was stripped down from both ends during southerly gales and snowstorms. They showed up every day, worked late when needed and formed a big part of the leadership during the volunteer work weekends. While there were many volunteers and experts that lent many hands throughout the winter (you know who you are and thank you!), our most hearty thanks go to Jen Grod, Levi Johnston, Jane Burleigh, Andrew Pape, Kacie Guthrie, Nate Seward and Aleythea Dolstad. Thanks also to our two winter engineers Jessup Coffin and Crystal Goodner who continued tackling the ship’s systems during all the turmoil.

So, what did we do?

Phase 2: Starboard Bow Reframing

Like a mirror image from last winter’s port bow reframing (Phase 1), we added all new frame futtocks from the new purple heart stem (Phase 1) to midships which had been reframed in 2005-2006. We removed and replaced the top 15 rows of planks from the sheer strake (topmost plank) down below the turn of the bilge. Once exposed, we replaced the fore chain plate and diagonal straping. In the end we replaced 66 futtocks and over 700 feet of lineal planking. The new futtocks were made from purple heart and the new planking was sapele. With the completion of this phase, all topsides futtocks have either been replaced or deemed worthy of another 50 years of sea service!

In order to through-bolt the futtocks into the ship’s ceiling, we had to remove the starboard focsle bunks and all the shelves and paneling from the three heads. Our dedicated crew reassembled all the bunks just in time to move out of the main cabin when the horn timber was going in. Matthew Hirsch, a local volunteer carpenter, then came in to build us some beautiful new counters, paneling and shelves in the forward heads.

Phase 3: Counter Stern Rebuild

The backbone of the project from which all other components stemmed was the replacement of the horn timber, the key structural extension of the keel that runs to the transom. Aside from the forward 8 feet, the horn timber was completely replaced with a piece of white oak. In order to hoist the timber into place we had to remove and replace 12 futtocks (purple heart again) and over 400 lineal feet of planking (sapele).

As if that was not remarkable enough, we also replaced the ship’s transom and rim timber, starboard quarter fashion piece, the rudder and its associated steering gear housing, decking and covering boards. On the interior you’ll notice a new main cabin look as local volunteer Phil Rome rebuilt the steps and storage areas leading up to the aftmost bunks.

Mainmast Rigging

With the aid of riggers Brion Toss, John Koon and Wayne and Nahja Chimenti, we cataloged the entire rigging system and pulled the mainmast this year. We replaced the mast bands aloft as well as the throat crane and triatic bails on the mainmast and foremast. We replaced the triatic stay, the bobstay and both whiskers stays in our effort to rejuvenate the standing rigging prior to her 100th birthday.

New Suite of Electronic Navigation

Partnering with Emerald Harbor Marine (Seattle) and Furuno and with generous support from donors, we spruced up our navigation components to include electronic charting, a new depth, speed and temperature sensor, a weather station transducer and a Class B AIS system (Automatic Identification System used by Vessel Traffic Services to monitor commercial traffic). We also replaced our radar and GPS units. But don’t worry, you’ll still see the crew using paper charts too!

In Summary

I only outlined the big stuff here. The list of routine winter projects completed is just too long to include. Not to diminish the quality or quantity of the projects, but let’s just say it involved a lot of varnishing, painting and plumbing! Just like at the end of every Adventuress winter, I am left feeling humbled by the outpouring of support (physical and financial), inspired by what a small organization like ours can do for this ship and, yes, tired. Though, even before the last coat of bottom paint went on this winter, we were already getting excited for what is still left to do! HAPPY 98TH BIRTHDAY ADVENTURESS!

What’s Next?

Look forward to a new suit of sails, bottom futtock and plank replacement, new foremast mast bands, new blocks and more!

Monday, April 11, 2011

BEST Boating Adventure: Vote Adventuress!

By Zach Simonson-Bond

Exciting news!  Adventuress is up for "Best Boating Adventure," "Best ECO Adventure" and "Best Cruise" in Evening Magazine's Best Northwest Escapes online voting competition.  Is anyone else having Vote for the Boat flashbacks?

This one is even easier than Partners in Preservation.  You can vote by simply logging on with an email or your Facebook account.  The other major difference: you only need to vote once per category.

So... VOTE FOR THE BOAT... again!  And help us spread the word.  Send an email, post on Facebook, and tell your friends.  You know the drill.  :)

Best Boating Adventure
Best ECO Adventure
Best Cruise

Thanks everyone for your vote and helping us get the word out.