Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Adventuress “Splashes” Back Into Puget Sound, Soon to be in Your Homeport

What an exciting day yesterday!  Adventuress "splashed" back into Puget Sound after four months of extensive restoration work, the latest in her multi-year Centennial Restoration Project.  By the end of March, Puget Sound's environmental tall ship will be sailing throughout the region, stopping in ports from Bellingham to Olympia.

This winter, the shipwrights of Haven Boatworks--along with a small army of Adventuress volunteers--tackled Phases II & III of the Centennial Restoration.  According to Capt. Korie Griffith, 73 futtocks and over 1100 lineal feet of planking were replaced from the combined two phases (9 futtocks and 400+ lineal feet aft, 64 futtocks and 700+ lineal feet forward).  Funding came from a number of sources including the Save America’s Treasures program, the Partners in Preservation program and many private donors.

Now, we're looking forward!  We have packed the boat with a variety of day-long and overnight programs throughout the year.  To get on board Adventuress for a short excursion, check out our three-hour Public Sails, offered at nearly every major port in Puget Sound.  Don't forget, Members sail free on all Public Sails. ;)

Here are a few upcoming Adventuress Public Sails:

Date: Saturday, March 6
What: Port Townsend, Boat Haven D-Dock
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 2
What: Seattle, Elliott Bay Marina
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 16
What: Tacoma, Foss Waterway Seaport
Time: 9:00 a.m. - Noon

For a more complete list of Public Sails, visit Sound Experience’s website: www.soundexp.org

For longer voyages, we have some awesome overnight trips for teens, families and adults.  Our Family Sail out of Friday Harbor, for example, is a very-manageable weekend long, Friday, August 5 to Sunday, August 7.  

Alternatively, teens can spend five days in summer exploring the San Juan Islands on a Fantastic Voyage.  Two Fantastic Voyages are offered this year, one for Grades 6 - 9 from July 31 to August 4; the other for Grades 9 - 12 from August 14 to August 18.

Also, this month we're running our “Grow the Family” Membership Drive.  During the month of March, we're encouraged Puget Sound residents to “join up” as members and get out sailing aboard Adventuress.  Members of Sound Experience sail on all Public Sails for free, receive discounts on overnight programs, plus a number of additional benefits.  At $50/year for an individual and $85/year for a household, membership is the most affordable way to get out sailing aboard Adventuress and experience Puget Sound!

For more info about Adventuress & Sound Experience, membership and to see when the ship will be sailing toward your homeport, visit www.soundexp.org or call 360-379-0438.