Frequently Asked Questions

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Notice of Race

Sailing Instructions

Parade Guide - coming soon

Event Poster PDF (18x24)

Event Poster JPG (18x24)

Press Release

Sponsor Packet

What is The Adventuress Cup?

The Adventuress Cup is a new, inclusive, feel-good event that celebrates our marine environment and aims to raise critical program funds for the nonprofit Sound Experience which owns and operates the iconic tall ship, Adventuress. The event replaces the organization’s fall gala which in recent years has raised more than $150,000 to provide critical support for youth education aboard Adventuress, including its popular Girls at the Helm program.

How is The Adventuress Cup "Covid safe"?
All Adventuress Cup activities will follow safety guidelines and procedures from the CDC, USCG, and WA State Department of Health. To learn more about Sound Experience's policies and practices around Covid-19 please visit our Covid-19 Practices webpage.

How does The Adventuress Cup work?
Race participants can join the fun on the water or virtually. Each participant may be a part of a real or virtual crew. Crew members are encouraged to participate in peer-to-peer fundraising and environmental education pre-race challenges (Wind in Your Sails Challenges) to improve their boat’s handicap (or score). All participating boats must meet safety and other requirements outlined in the official Notice of Race. All boats are welcome - sailboats of all sizes are encouraged to race and power boats are invited to join in a pre-race parade!

Where is the event located?
The physical portion of The Adventuress Cup will take place out on the water in Shilshole Bay. We ask that if you are racing in your boat that you observe the guidelines in the current phase of King County.

What time is the event?

The fundraising portion of the event will be open starting July 5th and will close just before the race is complete on September 18th. Race day timing is below. 

Saturday September 18th

12:45pm -1:00pm

Muster for Parade -- outside north end of Shilshole breakwater

1:00pm - 1:30pm

Parade to the Course -- led by Adventuress  

  • All participants (sail and power) are encouraged to join


Pre-Race Prep Time  

  • Powerboats to proceed to designated observation areas per Kwindoo race tracking app  

2:00pm - 5:00pm


·         Start times and courses will be posted on the event website and reviewed in the 530PM Saturday participants meeting


Post Race Socializing at CYC

·         On-the-water racing awards will be announced

·         No-host bar

Why should I race my boat in the Adventuress Cup?
September 18, 2021 is the second annual year of an exciting new sailing race that brings people and sailboats together in Shilshole Bay – in a Covid-safe way – to compete, to celebrate the extraordinary Salish Sea marine environment and to raise funds to support the youth mission of the iconic schooner Adventuress. The 1913 gaff-rigged schooner is owned and operated by the nonprofit Sound Experience. Over the past thirty years, some 30,000 children and teens have climbed aboard Adventuress for powerful day and overnight programming. Together, young people raise the sails, take the helm and learn how our daily actions make a difference in the health of our waterways and oceans. As important, they experience what it means to be a shipmate.

Is this a REAL race/regatta?

Yes! This is a one-day “around the bouys” racing event which will include multiple starts that split the fleet into similar sized groups. The race will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing. Race scoring will be comprised of: 

  • On-the-water race results
  • Pre-race Wind in Your Sails Challenge points
  • Fundraising points ($1 = 1 point)
  • Social media and recruiting points

  • What is the pre-race power boat parade?
    To help kick off the race, registered power boats can join in a pre-race parade! This will include a single file procession that will go by schooner Adventuress, tour the sailboat race course and will end in special viewing areas designated for power boats so that you can enjoy the race up close.

    Why is this a fundraiser?
    That’s a good question. The truth is, we need you. In times of pre-Covid, Sound Experience’s annual fall gala raised a quarter of the annual cost to deliver shipboard programs to more than a thousand children and teens each year. Such an event is, of course, not possible this year. Boats that are racing are asked to make a “good faith pledge” of $1,500 (or more) in tax-deductible financial support which can be donated outright or raised through an online peer-to-peer platform (similar to walk-a-thons). Sound Experience development staff members can help you set up your fundraising page so that your crew, friends, family and colleagues can donate. It’s easy!

    What does the money I raise support?
    Our dedicated Adventuress Cup sponsors make it possible for every dollar that you raise to directly support shipboard programs for children and teens throughout the Puget Sound region. Programs include Girls at the Helm, high school credit eligible programs through Seattle Skills Center, partnerships with youth-serving organizations in communities of need, and many others. In addition, Sound Experience is developing virtual “experiential” opportunities for those young people who cannot climb aboard due to Covid restrictions this year. With your help, Adventuress will continue to sail “not for one, but for all.” Aboard Adventuress, and in our communities, we believe that we are ALL shipmates.