Author Archive | Zoe Ballering

Joseph paints the anchor chain at the recent November Work Weekend.

‘Adventuress’ crewmember steps onto schooner and into maritime world

After sailing on Adventuress as part of Sound Experience’s 2015 “Fantastic Voyage” (FV), sixteen-year-old Joseph Pearson returned this July on a scholarship to participate in the inaugural Level 2 program. And in the six months since, the connections he built on Adventuress have allowed him to continue exploring the maritime world. On an invitation from former Adventuress captain Wayne Chimenti, […]

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Jenny poses aboard Adventuress during a Girl Scout trip in 2004.

A spark created aboard Adventuress leads to a perfect fit years later

Jenny Smith, current Program Coordinator (PC) extraordinaire for Sound Experience, first came aboard Adventuress in 2004 to participate in a four-day Girl Scout trip. She was 12-years-old, and although she can’t remember many concrete details, the sense of Adventuress’ community stayed with her. “I know I had an amazing time. I came home and made a […]

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Amelia and other participants on Girls at the Helm work together to furl the jib in 2010.

Finding direction on ‘Girls at the Helm’ aboard Adventuress

Twenty-three-year-old Amelia Foster and her mother Vanessa visited the Sound Experience office a few weeks ago to reminisce about how Amelia’s experiences on Adventuress changed the course of her life. Amelia recently completed her bachelor’s degree at Oregon State University with a double major in Microbiology and International Studies, she has assisted with research on […]

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The leather that Ismay sewed onto Ayashe's 
oarlocks prevents the metal from damaging the oars.

High schoolers work on deck, share dreams of sailing

In mid-February aboard Adventuress, Port Townsend High School students from Kelley Watson’s Marine Trades class donned respirators and gloves and varnished one of the topmasts on deck. Since late December, they’ve visited the ship every other week, helping with projects and developing their maintenance skills. In alternate weeks, Adventuress winter crew worked with the students on […]

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Sanding the foreboom.

Young hands, old boat: High school students get hands-on experience aboard Adventuress

For an hour-and-a-half each Tuesday and Thursday, Port Townsend High School students in Kelley Watson’s Maritime Manufacturing class get a rare opportunity: the chance to stand up, stretch their limbs and take part in hands-on learning in their high school woodshop and aboard the 103-year-old schooner Adventuress. Since the beginning of the school year, they’ve […]

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