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Sailing Puget Sound: A Tall Ship Exploration With Your Grandchild

Program Number: 9528RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/7/2014 - 7/12/2014; 7/3/2015 - 7/8/2015; 7/19/2015 - 7/24/2015; 8/10/2015 - 8/15/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: San Juan Islands, Washington
Price starting at: $899.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational; Water Sports
Intergenerational
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Program intended for grandchildren from 10 - 18 years of age.

Live aboard the schooner Adventuress — constructed in 1913 as a private yacht and converted into a teaching ship — as you take the helm, trim the sail and absorb the history and traditions of tall ships. Sail through the San Juan Islands by day and anchor at a different harbor each evening.




Highlights

• Explore marine environments through tidal pools, plankton trawls, and shore walks.
• A crew of naturalists, musicians and tall ship sailors leads you through an authentic maritime experience.
• The program’s emphasis is on teamwork, community and connection to Puget Sound — beginner sailors welcome!



Activity Particulars

Participants raise sails, prepare meals, 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. Beginning sailors welcome.



Program starts and ends in Anacortes, WA.




Date Specific Information

7-7-2014

This program starts in Seattle at the Center for Wooden Boats after the annual Wooden Boat Festival and ends in Anacortes.



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
Coast Guard-inspected, historic, 101-foot landmark schooner; dorm-style upper and lower tiered bunks; no cabins, limited private space. Bring sleeping bag. Toilets and sinks on board. Family-style meals, plentiful vegetarian options.
Meals and Lodgings
   Aboard Adventuress
  At anchor in San Juan Islands 5 nights
 Aboard Adventuress
Type: Other
  Description: Adventuress is a Puget Sound treasure, celebrating her 94th 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 at www.soundexp.org by clicking on About Adventuress.
  Contact info: San Juan Islands- please contact Sound Experience office for more information
Friday Harbor, WA 98250 USA
phone: 360-379-0438
web: www.soundexp.org
  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 veriety of educational programs including sail theory, nagivation and environmental and marine science workshops.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: Three heads (marine toilets), but no showers. Shore stops for showers will be made once mid-trip.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Seattle, WA. Participants arrive and board ship at 1:30 p.m. You will be staying at Aboard Adventuress that night.
  End of Program:
Anacortes, WA. Participants disembark ship at 2:30pm You will be staying at Aboard Adventuress the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Sound Experience Release Agreement, Medical History Form, Getting to Know You Form. Forms will all be sent by provider upon registration.
  Parking availability:
Pay parking is available near South Lake Union Park at the AGC building (note - it is very expensive to park for a week), and free overnight parking is available at Cap Sante Marina in Anacortes.
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
 

South Lake Union Park

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Sound Transit

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$5 adult / $2.50 youth / $1.50 senior
Prices are subject to change.

   

Please visit the Sound Transit trip planner for the best route from Sea Tac Airport to South Lake Union Park / The Center for Wooden Boats - http://www.soundtransit.org/trip-planner. Take the light rail to University Avenue stop, then transfer to one of the many buses that stops on Westlake Avenue. Adventuress will be docked approximately 2-3 blocks from the bus stop. Address of South Lake Union Park - 860 Terry Avenue, Seattle WA

 

SeaTac Airport

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

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

   

The Airporter Shuttle goes from Cap Sante Marina in Anacortes to the airport. Reservations are required. The shuttle will pick you up approximately 2 blocks from the dock at which Adventuress will be moored. The address of Cap Sante Marina is 1019 Q Avenue, Anacortes WA

 
Driving Directions
  From Airport to South Lake Union Park While not recommended, you can drive to South Lake Union Park to meet Adventuress. Parking is very limited, there are a few expensive overnight parking options if you choose to do so. Driving to South Lake Union: Take Interstate 5 North to exit 167 towards Mercer Street. Turn right on Fairview Avenue. Turn left on Valley Street. South Lake Union park will be on your right, the parking garages are on Westlake Avenue (turn Right on Westlake). See directions from Anacortes to Seattle to see how to get back to your car at South Lake Union at the end of the voyage.
  From Anacortes to Seattle Anacortes is the gateway to the San Juan Islands. It is fairly easy to get there without a car, and there is free long-term parking at the marina as well. Without a car: Anacortes to Sea Tac Airport: Take the Airporter Super Shuttle from Anacortes to Sea Tac Airport. It takes approximately 2.5 hours. For reservations and information, contact Airporter Super Shuttle. The shuttle picks up in Cap Sante Marina. By float plane: For an added adventure, you can take a float plane from the San Juan Islands. To get to the float plane in Friday Harbor from Anacortes you will need to take shuttle or taxi and a ferry. Float planes are available from Friday Harbor Marina to downtown Seattle. For reservations and information contact Kenmore Air. By Victoria Clipper: The Victoria Clipper sails daily from Friday Harbor to Seattle departing at 4:30pm and arriving to Seattle Pier 69 at 7:15pm. From Anacortes, you would need to take a shuttle or taxi and ferry to get to Friday Harbor. 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 for changeable weather conditions, comfortable closed-toe 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: Meeting your shipboard community, learning how to live aboard the historic schooner Adventuress, setting sail for the first time.
(Monday, July 7)
   
 Afternoon: 1:30 pm Participants arrive & board Adventuress Group introductions, bunk sign-up, participants stow gear Participants are organized into 3 watch groups (8-10 individuals) and meet their watch leaders for the week. 2-6 pm Participants help set sail as Adventuress sails toward her first anchorage. Participants work in orientation stations, 3 hands-on introductions to life aboard ship (how to use the heads, below decks layout, daily schedule flow, etc), deck orientation (learn new terminology & deck layout), and line handling safety (how to secure a line to a belaying pin, secure a line to a cleat, and general safety procedures on deck). As time allows, participants may take part in learning how to sail, join an informal lesson about marine ecology of Puget Sound, or have some personal down time.
 Dinner: Dinner 6pm - Meals all week are vegetarian and are plentiful, nutritious and served family style.
 Evening: 6:30 pm One watch is responsible for washing dishes, the others prepare a presentation, game, or skit for the group. 8 pm 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, and interactive skits. The Program Coordinator (PC) will lead the evening program as a chance to share some stories, laughs, and ultimately build community which is so critical to a successful voyage. The program concludes as the First Mate orients participants to anchor watch, in which 1-4 participants stand watch on deck for one hour during the night, to ensure that Adventuress is secure at anchor. 10 pm Participants stand anchor watch in one hour increments until 7 am. One crew member stands with 2-3 participants. Duties include checking and recording anchor bearings every 20 minutes, below decks bilge checks, and waking the next watch.
   
Accommodations: Aboard Adventuress
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Setting sails, rotating through several engaging educational stations that could include learning about plankton, microplastics, navigation, and more. Going ashore to explore one of the San Juan Islands.
(Tuesday, July 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast 7:30am
 Morning: 8 am, Participants and crew begin morning chores (one watch washes dishes, one watch cleans below decks, and one watch prepares the deck for sailing. 9 am, All hands on deck to set sails and haul back anchor. Adventuress underway. 10 am, Daily rotations begin, including 'deck watch' (line handling, bow watch, helm rotation, below decks checks), environmental education learning stations, and down-time. This cycle continues throughout the morning and afternoon.
 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: Between 4 and 6 pm, Participants strike sail, Adventuress drops anchor, Deck is tidied up, When conditions allow, participants may climb aloft using safety climbing gear, spend time on deck, or sail or row small skiff along with a crew member. One watch begins dinner.
 Dinner: Dinner 6pm
 Evening: 6:30 pm One watch is responsible for washing dishes, the other two prepare a presentation, skit, or game for evening program. 8 pm Evening program, including presentations by each watch group. 10 pm Participants stand anchor watch in one hour increments until 7 am.
   
Accommodations: Aboard Adventuress
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Continued sailing and education stations. Opportunities to climb aloft, sail or row our small dinghy, and participate in other fun shipboard games and activities.
(Wednesday, July 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast, prepared by some of the participants who stood the last hour of anchor watch, will be at approximately 7:30am.
 Morning: 8 am, Participants and crew begin morning chores (one watch washes dishes, one watch cleans below decks, and one watch prepares the deck for sailing. 9 am, All hands on deck to set sails and haul back anchor. Adventuress underway. 10 am, Daily rotations begin, including 'deck watch' (line handling, bow watch, helm rotation, below decks checks), environmental education learning stations, and down-time. This cycle continues throughout the morning and afternoon.
 Lunch: We will break for lunch at approximately 12noon.
 Afternoon: Between 4 and 6 pm, Participants strike sail, Adventuress drops anchor, Deck is tidied up, When conditions allow, participants may climb aloft using safety climbing gear, spend time on deck, or sail or row small skiff along with a crew member. One watch begins dinner.
 Dinner: Dinner will be at approximately 6pm.
 Evening: 6:30 pm One watch is responsible for washing dishes, the other two prepare a presentation, skit, or game for evening program. 8 pm - Evening program, including fun activities prepared by each watch group. 10 pm - Participants stand anchor watch in one hour increments until 7 am.
   
Accommodations: Aboard Adventuress
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: More exploration of the San Juan Islands under sail, another opportunity to head ashore, continued sailing and educational stations.
(Thursday, July 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be at approximately 7:30am.
 Morning: 8 am, Participants and crew begin morning chores (one watch washes dishes, one watch cleans below decks, and one watch prepares the deck for sailing. 9 am, All hands on deck to set sails and haul back anchor. Adventuress underway. 10 am, Daily rotations begin, including 'deck watch' (line handling, bow watch, helm rotation, below decks checks), environmental education learning stations, and down-time. This cycle continues throughout the morning and afternoon.
 Lunch: We will head into a local seaport town for part of today, in which people can go ashore to shower, explore the town, and eat lunch on their own if they choose. Lunch will also be available aboard Adventuress.
 Afternoon: Between 4 and 6 pm, Participants strike sail, Adventuress drops anchor, Deck is tidied up, When conditions allow, participants may climb aloft using safety climbing gear, spend time on deck, or sail or row small skiff along with a crew member. One watch begins dinner.
 Dinner: Dinner will be at about 6pm
 Evening: 6:30 pm One watch is responsible for washing dishes, the other two prepare a presentation, skit, or game for evening program. 8 pm - Evening program, including fun activities prepared by each watch group. 10 pm - Participants stand anchor watch in one hour increments until 7 am.
   
Accommodations: Aboard Adventuress
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: On the last full day of sailing and learning, more opportunities to share and create stories that develop a tight-knit community.
(Friday, July 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be at approximately 7:30am
 Morning: 8 am, Participants and crew begin morning chores (one watch washes dishes, one watch cleans below decks, and one watch prepares the deck for sailing. 9 am, All hands on deck to set sails and haul back anchor. Adventuress underway. 10 am, Daily rotations begin, including 'deck watch' (line handling, bow watch, helm rotation, below decks checks), environmental education learning stations, and down-time. This cycle continues throughout the morning and afternoon.
 Lunch: Lunch will be at approximately 12noon
 Afternoon: Between 4 and 6 pm, Participants strike sail, Adventuress drops anchor, Deck is tidied up, When conditions allow, participants may climb aloft using safety climbing gear, spend time on deck, or sail or row small skiff along with a crew member. One watch begins dinner.
 Dinner: Dinner will be at approximately 6pm
 Evening: 6:30 pm One watch is responsible for washing dishes, the other two prepare a presentation, skit, or game for evening program. 8 pm - Evening program, including fun activities prepared by each watch group. 10 pm - Participants stand anchor watch in one hour increments until 7 am. 10 pm - Participants stand anchor watch in one hour increments until 7 am.
   
Accommodations: Aboard Adventuress
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Closing circle in which everyone has the opportunity to share closing thoughts with the group. As we come into the dock we will take time to take a group photo.
(Saturday, July 12)
   
 Breakfast: 7 am Participants and crew wake-up while one watch cooks breakfast. 7:30 am Participants muster on deck to share thoughts and experiences from the previous night’s anchor watch, discuss plans for the day, and prepare for breakfast. Participants that cooked perform an original skit. Crew members hold morning meeting to discuss the day’s plans while participants eat.
 Morning: 8 am, Participants and crew begin morning chores (one watch washes dishes, one watch cleans below decks, and one watch prepares the deck for sailing. The final day entails a thorough cleaning of each cabin, called a Field Day. Presented as a responsibility to Adventuress as their home for the week. Adventuress hauls back anchor and sets sail toward final port. 10:30 am Closing muster circle 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.
 Lunch: Participants will eat lunch at 11:30am. Once lunch has been finished, participants will help to lower sails one last time and will motor into port. Adventuress will arrive in Anacortes at 1pm. Prior to disembarking, group photos are taken with participants and crew.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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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