Prepare for Your Sail
The Adventuress offers each of her passengers a reminder of what it means to be more fully human...through the majesty of the mountains, eagles, orcas and rainbows, we understand that we are united as the crew of this great ship called Earth.
Whether you're joining us for a 3-hour sail or coming aboard for a multi-night voyage, you'll want to be prepared. In the sections below, we'll tell you what to expect on your trip and what to bring along. Remember that no sailing experience is necessary--only a willingness to listen, learn, and explore this unique environment we call home.
Access to the ship typically requires a walk of anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes to get from the parking area to the vessel and may require navigating a sloping dock ramp if the tide is low. While our vertical ship's ladder requires several steps to get aboard, we always have helpful crew members standing by in case anyone needs a hand! On board, our deck provides an even platform to walk on but does require care to avoid lines and cleats. Seats are plentiful. We are also happy to help with a hand down the ladder which leads below decks.
Please Note: Although rare, we may need to cancel a sail or come in early if inclement weather or other safety concerns deem it necessary.
We have three marine heads (toilets) on board. Crew members are happy to help with instructions for use! There are no showers aboard.
Public Day Sails
On these 3-hour environmental sailing voyages, you'll be invited to join the crew in raising the sails, singing sea chanties, and steering the ship. We'll be offering several classes on topics such as plankton, watersheds, and marine mammals, as well as below-decks tours. Learn about how we live in a closed system, taking care to minimize our impact on the environment.
Wear comfortable, non-slip shoes and bring warm clothing. Even on sunny days it can be chilly out on the water. We do have extra rain gear in case of showers, but you're welcome to bring your own as well.
We provide hot drinks in the galley (coffee and tea). Please feel free to bring other food and beverages if you'd like, but do remember that we have a strict no-alcohol and no-smoking policy on board the ship.
Each participant will need to sign a Release Agreement before boarding the ship. The Program Coordinator will have forms available at the dock. If you would like to have your paperwork done ahead of time, please print out and sign the downloadable form.
While aboard Adventuress, participants will have the opportunity to take the helm, plot a course, scrub the deck, cook in the galley, take a turn at night watch, learn about marine life, and explore the wonders of Puget Sound. You'll be joining our a dozen or so Adventuress crew members and volunteers, as well as your fellow participants.
We typically have 20 participants on overnight trips. Dormitory-style sleeping is provided by bunks in the Main Cabin and Foc'sle. Privacy is limited, so please bring appropriate sleepwear along with your sleeping bag and pillow. All meals are provided and are vegetarian. Again, we have a strict no-alcohol, no-smoking policy on board.
There are no showers on the vessel. During our longer voyage (5 days or more), we typically stop at a marina for showers sometime mid-trip.
We are happy to answer any questions you have about living aboard Adventuress. It's a treat to experience life aboard a historic tall ship and an adventure you won't want to miss!
After you register for an overnight program, you'll receive a packet of information and forms to fill out, but here's a "heads up" on what you should bring on your trip: