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A Tall Ship Exploration Aboard the Schooner "Adventuress"

Program Number: 13945RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/25/2013 - 8/28/2013; 8/24/2014 - 8/27/2014;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: San Juan Islands, Washington
Price starting at: $524.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Water Sports Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 8; 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Sail along the waters of Puget Sound onboard the 101-foot schooner “Adventuress.” A teaching vessel, it was constructed for use as an Arctic exploration vessel. Become part of the crew — take the helm, raise and trim its sails, navigate the San Juan Islands by day and anchor in harbor by night. The crew — naturalists, musicians, storytellers — leads an authentic maritime experience.




Highlights

• Explore marine environments through tidal pools, birding and shore walks.
• Spend evening time stargazing or marveling at bio-luminescent plankton.
• Join crew members for lessons on environmental conservation, marine ecology and nautical skills.



Activity Particulars

Participants raise sails and keep vessel shipshape. Must be able to climb eight steps up and down a ladder, be able to climb into bunks, and maneuver in small spaces.



Program starts and ends in Anacortes, Wash.



Coordinated by Sound Experience.




San Juan Islands

More than 200 individual islands comprise this archipelago off the upper northwest coast of Washington state. Only a handful are home to permanent residents, many of whom stay for the close-knit community unique to Island living.



Accommodations
Historic, 101-foot landmark schooner (1913); dorm-style upper- and lower-tiered bunks; no cabins, limited private space. Three small shared marine toilets, showers dockside when in port. All meals are vegetarian.
Meals and Lodgings
   bunk of your choosing Aboard Adventuress
  At anchor in San Juan Islands 3 nights
 bunk of your choosing Aboard Adventuress
Type: Other
  Description: Adventuress is a Puget Sound treasure, celebrating her 100th year as a working vessel. The Adventuress helps people discover Puget Sound and learn from the educational focus of the ship and the natural environment which fosters a spirit of cooperation, community, stewardship and responsibility.
  Ship Information: 101 ft, 82-ton gaff-rigged schooner. Photos are available on our flickr page, accessed by going to www.soundexp.org and clicking the 'flickr' icon on the left hand side of the page.
  Contact info: San Juan Islands and lower Puget Sound- please contact Sound Experience office for more information
Friday Harbor, WA 98250 USA
phone: 360-379-0438
web: www.soundexp.org
  Room amenities: The captain has the only private quarters.
  Facility amenities: While on board, everyone works together to set the sails, prepare meals and keep the vessel shipshape. Shipboard life provides an experience with a closed ecological system where issues of water conservation, recycling and waste management become more clearly understood. The crew offers a variety of educational programs including sail theory, nagivation and environmental and marine science workshops. Participants and crew sleep in large cabins with 12-16 bunks. There are three marine toilets, or heads, onboard.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: Three heads (marine toilets), but no showers. Head compartments are space efficient and use a vacuum for solids and liquids. Paper and other products are collect in waste basket and changed daily.
  Check in time: 1:15 PM
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
1:30 pm Cap Sante Marina, Anacortes, WA You will be staying at bunk of your choosing Aboard Adventuress that night.
  End of Program:
12 pm Cap Sante Marina, Anacortes, WA You will be staying at bunk of your choosing Aboard Adventuress the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Sound Experience Release Agreement, Medical History Form. Forms will all be sent by provider upon registration. Please return all forms to Sound Experience office one-month prior to sail.
  Parking availability:
Participants supply own transportation to and from Friday Harbor Marina, San Juan Island.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  At anchor in San Juan Islands
  Nearest city or town:  Friday Harbor, Washington
  From End of Program
  Location: At anchor in San Juan Islands
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Anacortes

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Airporter Shuttle
phone: 866-235-5247
Advanced Reservations Required

   

The Airporter Shuttle leaves from the airport and will take you directly to Cap Sante Marina. The shuttle will drop you off approximately 2 blocks from the marina. Please see Driving Directions for more information.

 
Driving Directions
  From Seattle to Anacortes Anacortes is the gateway to the San Juan Islands. We have switched the start and end location of most programs to make travel arrangements easier. Without a car: SeaTac Airport to Anacortes: Take the Airporter Super Shuttle from SeaTac Airport directly to downtown Anacortes. It takes approximately 2.5 hours. For reservations and information, contact Airporter Super Shuttle. The shuttle stops in Cap Sante Marina. By float plane: For an added adventure, you can take a float plane to the San Juan Islands. From the float plane stop in Friday Harbor, you will need to take the ferry and a shuttle or taxi from the ferry terminal in Anacortes to Cap Sante Marina. Float planes are available from downtown Seattle directly to Friday Harbor Marina. Take the Airporter Super Shuttle from SeaTac to the Kenmore Air Terminal on Lake Union. Seattle Lake Union to Friday Harbor: Daily flights from Lake Union are available from Kenmore Air. For reservations and information contact Kenmore Air. By Victoria Clipper: The Victoria Clipper sails daily from Friday Harbor departing Seattle at 7:45am and arriving in Friday Harbor at 11:15am, or departing Friday Harbor at 4:30pm and arriving to Seattle Pier 69 at 7:15pm. From Friday Harbor, you would need to take a ferry to Anacortes and a shuttle or taxi from Anacortes to Cap Sante Marina. With a car: SeaTac Airport to Anacortes: Take Interstate 5 North from Seattle to exit 221. Turn Left on WA 534W, then slight Right onto Fir Island Road. Turn right on Browns Slough Rd. Turn Left on Best Road. Turn left on Route 20 West and follow signs to Anacortes. Do NOT follow signs to Port Townsend Ferry. Turn right on R Avenue. Continue onto Q Avenue. Turn right on 11th Avenue. The marina will be straight ahead, and there is overnight parking off of 9th Street. It takes approximately 2 hours to drive from the airport. Contact the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce for more information.
Equipment Requirements: Sleeping bag, pillow, outdoor attire, comfortable closed-toed shoes
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Orientation to shipboard life and headed to first anchor. Vegetarian dinner served followed by fun getting-to-know you activites before lights out at 10 pm.
(Sunday, August 25)
   
 Afternoon: Early arrivals are welcome to drop luggage before 1pm and explore the town. 1:30pm boarding time: Participants are organized into 3 nautical "watch" groups (8-10 individuals) and meet their watch leaders for the week. Participants will learn what it means to live successfully on a traditionally rigged tall ship: where to sleep, what do in the case of emergency, how to use marine toilets, where to get coffee, how to handle sails and the structure of the days.
 Dinner: Meals all week are vegetarian (including soy, cheese, grains, beans and egg protein sources) and are plentiful, tasty and nutritious- served buffet style. One entrée and several side dishes are provided. Seconds are available.
 Evening: Evening program: a chance for all participants and crew to gather in the ship’s main cabin for 1-1.5 hours of songs, stories, presentation and interactive skits about the days activities (including resource reports and natural history report) The program concludes as the First Mate orients participants to anchor watch: 2-3 participants given the opportunity to participate in watch on deck alongside trained crew each hour/each during the night and early morning, to ensure that Adventuress is secure at anchor. This a favorite activity for most for star gazing and bioluminescent plankton viewing.
   
Accommodations: bunk of your choosing Aboard Adventuress
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Begin voyage around the San Juan Islands. Day spent learning how to sail and interpreting marine natural history.
(Monday, August 26)
   
 Breakfast: Meal is prepared by and served buffet style by one "watch" of participants along with watch leaders. Meals are plentiful and served hot and could be eggs, pancakes, pastry, canned fruit or oatmeal. Cold cereal is always available.
 Morning: Participants and crew begin morning stewardship duties after breakfast (washes dishes, below decks cleaning including floor boards and heads, and one watch does deckwash and prepares the sails for sailing.) All hands on deck to set sails and haul back anchor. Adventuress underway. Daily rotations begin: Each watch will be on deck for 45-90 minute. Responsibilities include taking the helm, bow watch, below decks check, and handling any lines and sails necessary, with guidance from the crew. While not on deck actively sailing, lessons will be offered to all participants based on interests and the crew's experience. Lessons could include nautical skills, natural history classes, environmental conservation, and marine ecology. Other opportunities include journalizing, resting, naps or wildlife viewing. This cycle continues throughout the morning and afternoon.
 Lunch: Lunch is a hot meal served buffet style.
 Afternoon: Watch rotations continue with sailing, lessons, and down-time. Arrive in the late afternoon to evening anchorage in a quiet harbor around the San Juan Islands. One watch begins dinner while others tidy up the deck and ship and prepare for evening programs.
 Dinner: One vegetarian-style entrée and several side dishes prepared and provided by one of the "watches". Seconds are available.
 Evening: Participants and crew to gather in the ship’s main cabin for 1-1.5 hours of songs, stories, presentation and interactive skits about the days activities (including resource reports and natural history report) Anchor watch assignments: 2-3 participants given the opportunity to participate in watch on deck alongside trained crew each hour/each during the night and early morning, to ensure that Adventuress is secure at anchor.
   
Accommodations: bunk of your choosing Aboard Adventuress
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Continue the voyage, exploring new areas of the San Juan Islands much like early European explorers did. New opportunites for learning about topics central to Puget Sound stewardship and advanced nautical skills.
(Tuesday, August 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast
 Morning: Similar to day two; general rotation of watches among deck and opportunity for lessons is standard as well as ship's stewardship duties. Each watch will likely be experiencing a new duties and have new lessons, depending upon weather conditions. As the ship and crew continue around the San Juan Islands, we stay at different protected anchorages.
 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: Continuation from the morning's rotation schedule, participants will have the opportunity to learn more about sailing, participate in activities and lessons about the marine ecosystem, and have some time to relax.
 Dinner: Dinner
   
Accommodations: bunk of your choosing Aboard Adventuress
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: An exciting day that includes waking up to the sunrise at a beautiful anchorage in the San Juan Islands. Closing ceremonies commence before departing the Adventuress in Anacortes.
(Wednesday, August 28)
   
 Breakfast: A final breakfast is prepared and served by one of the "watches".
 Morning: The final day entails a thorough cleaning of each cabin, presented as an opportunity to help maintain a historic vessel, Adventuress as your home for the week. Adventuress hauls back anchor and sails or motors to final port, weather dependent. 10:30 am Closing muster circle while under sail, in close proximity to marina. Participants are presented with signed certificates from the crew. Participants are encouraged to share highlights and memories from their trip. 11:30 am Adventuress docks at the Friday Harbor Marina. Group photos are taken with participants and crew. 12 pm Participants disembark.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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