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Sound Experience aboard the historic schooner Adventuress

When touring around Seattle, I was surprised how many Seattle residents were unaware of the work of Sound Experience, an educational and environmental program on board the tall ship Adventuress. Unlike a one hour harbor cruise that whisks tourists quickly around the harbor, this program enables one to become fully immersed in the intricacies of the aquatic life and landscape that defines Elliott Bay and the surrounding environs.

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This boat constructed in 1913 as a private yacht has since been converted into a teaching ship. From March through October, they offer 3-hour Public Day Sails and Dockside Tours at their ports-of-call around Puget Sound.

Those looking for a more in-depth educational experience can participate in their longer programs for adults, teens and families, as well as their programs for corporations and schools. In particular, check out their Road Scholar program where one can take the helm, trim the sail and absorb the history and traditions of tall ships. During this program, one will sail through the San Juan Islands by day and anchor at a different harbor each evening.

Also, through their membership programs, interested individuals can take advantage of a range of program opportunities such as free public sails. In addition, one can contribute to this program as a volunteer.

The Sound Experience is now taking registrations for their 2014 sailing season. For more information log on to

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