In just six years, Northwest sailors have raised more than $600,000 to help fund breast cancer research. Started by scientist and sailing enthusiast Ashley Bell, the Pink Boat Regatta draws some of the best racers in the Pacific Northwest to its annual regattas in Seattle and other Puget Sound cities to raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).
"Every year, sailors and supporters alike start planning months ahead of time to don their pink, get their sailboats race ready, and begin campaigning as part of an event which was built upon by a passionate little Seattle sailing community dedicated to getting on the water for something greater,” says Bell.
The BCRF is the highest rated breast cancer organization in the U.S., and carries an A+ rating from Charity Watch, and 4-out-of-4 stars from Charity Navigator.
Since 1976 the Center for Whale Research (CWR) has been the leading organization studying the Southern Resident killer whales in their critical habitat: the Salish Sea. CWR performs health assessments to ensure the viability of the whale population, informing elected officials of their ecosystem needs, and sharing the whales’ story with the world. Our 43 years of research has created the only long-term data set about the behavior, health, and social dynamics of the Southern Resident killer whales.
Launched in 1913 in East Boothbay, Maine, the SV Adventuress has become an icon among traditional sailing vessels in the U.S. Originally built for an arctic expedition to secure a Bowhead Whale specimen for the American Museum of Natural History, the Adventuress served for more than 30 years off the Golden Gate guiding shipping traffic into the San Francisco Bay, and patrolled the Pacific Coast as part of the USCG during the Second World War.
She fell into disrepair after the war, and languished at the dock until O.H. “Doc” Freeman, the famed Seattle chandlery owner, discovered her in 1952 and brought her to Seattle. After a succession of owners, the Adventuress was purchased by Monty Morton, who restored her and started her second life as part of a sail training organization. In 1989, the Adventuress was granted status as a National Historic Landmark.
Today, the historic vessel is operated by Sound Experience, a non a nonprofit founded by Barbara Wyatt and Morley Horder, whose program was modeled after the sloop Clearwater and Pete Seeger’s mission to clean up the Hudson River in New York.Adventuress was the ideal on-the-water teaching platform for environmental stewardship and protection of Puget Sound. Now an icon of the Salish Sea, Adventuress remains an authentic example of living maritime history. “Youth of all ages” can climb aboard, take the helm, and sail as they did 100 years ago. With a mission to educate, inspire, and empower an inclusive community to make a difference for the future of our marine environment, Adventuress hosts thousands each year.
Every year the 120 years old Norwegian built historic vessel VEGA and her volunteer crew sail about 7,000 miles to collect and deliver between 15 and 20 tons of donated tools, educational and medical supplies to East Timor and remote islands in Eastern Indonesia. Those supplies help support local level community development, health, and educational services. Supplies are also collected in Australia by VEGA supporters and shipped to Dili on board the yachts in the yearly Darwin to Dili Regatta.
The crew of the VEGA also provide advanced training for traditional midwives and teaching aids for rural teachers. Every year a fully qualified Indonesian doctor travels with us providing medical services on the remote islands and holding workshops or training seminars for traditional midwives.