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Girls and Women Take the Helm

by Norris Comer

The boating world is for everyone, and more and more efforts are being made to include women and girls in supportive on-the-water environments that are free of the snarly sea salts of yore who sometimes took the fun out of the adventure.

There are a variety of opportunities this summer with organizations such as Sound Experience. Their “Women at the Helm” programs offers women (ages 18 and over) the chance to step aboard the Adventuress for four days of tall-ship sailing on Puget Sound. Participants will experience the camaraderie of shared meals and evening music while they expand their sailing skills and explore Puget Sound.

Women at the Helm departs from Shilshole Bay Marina in Seattle on June 13 and returns on June 16. Sailors of all experience levels are welcome. The cost is $545 ($460 for Sound Experience Members).

Girls at the Helm offers a similar experience aboard the iconic Adventuress for girls who are in grades seven to 12. These girls are put to work with the ship’s crew and learn from women mentors who are selected to represent STEM fields, as well as social sciences and sailing skills. The popular program is offered twice this summer, on June 25 – 28 and August 9 – 12. Trips depart and return to Cap Sante Marina in Anacortes. The cost is $615 ($525 for Sound Experience Members).

To find out more about these programs, call 360-379-0438 or visit soundexp.org.

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