We foster environmental sustainability, youth development, and maritime careers through powerful shipboard programs aboard the schooner Adventuress on the waters of the Salish Sea. Adventuress is a century-old National Historic Landmark tall ship. Sound Experience is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) based in Washington State, USA.

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Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival

Come sail with us at the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival, September 7-9, 2018 To learn more click on on the button below. To purchase tickets, please call our office at 360-379-0438 or stop by our booth next to the Northwest Maritime Center dock, inside the festival.Adventuress will have Festival Sails all weekend, including Half Price Friday and Member discounts. There will also be free Dockside Tours on Friday morning.

Over 300 boats on land and water, 120 presentations, dozens of exhibitors, live music all day every day, interactive exhibits for kids, and plenty of local food, beer, and wine options to satisfy everyone. To learn more about the festival, visit their website.
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Sign up for a Public Sail!

The sailing season has begun. Join us for a 3-hour sail aboard Adventuress. Raise the sails, sing a chantey, and learn about the Salish Sea. All ages are welcome. No sailing experience required. And don’t forget: Sound Experience Members sail free!

• Purchase tickets and view a current list of our Public Sails via the link below
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Support our Blocks4Kids Project

Sound Experience is undertaking a major overhaul of the Schooner Adventuress' traditional rigging by replacing all of her blocks. The blocks are pulleys that utilize mechanical advantage to allow Adventuress' thousands of pounds of sails to be raised and managed by human power alone. The blocks will be replaced by locally-crafted, custom-designed, hand-built blocks that are a revolution in technological advancement, while preserving the traditional form and function of the historic rig and vessel. We need your help to build the new blocks needed to keep raising Adventuress' sails!
Check out our GoFundMe page to donate and for more information
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Bring your school or youth group aboard

Adventuress offers the experience of "ship as teacher"—a way to enhance school curriculum in a truly unique and hands-on setting.
We are scheduling now for the 2018 sailing season. For more information click on the button below or contact Education Director Amy Kovacs at. amy@soundexp.org
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“Kids learn through experience. Some of the most vivid and meaningful learning happens outside of the classroom… There aren’t many places on Earth that have a resource as powerful as Adventuress. I am truly grateful that my students can have this opportunity.”

Ron W., 5th grade teacher at Discovery Elementary

“It’s a very unique opportunity for young people to get away from an urban environment and really live with a group of people working on the water. Partly it has to do with the historic nature of the ship and partly it has to do with a deep love for Puget Sound. Who wouldn’t want that for their kids?”

Marianne W., mother of a participant on Girls at the Helm