The Port Townsend Marine Science Center invites the public to sail to Protection Island aboard the 101-foot historic schooner Adventuress this Sunday. (Peninsula Daily News)

The Port Townsend Marine Science Center invites the public to sail to Protection Island aboard the 101-foot historic schooner Adventuress this Sunday. (Peninsula Daily News)

Protection Island sail set for Sunday

Tickets are $95 for the sail, which leaves from Port Townsend.

PORT TOWNSEND — The Port Townsend Marine Science Center will offer a public sail to Protection Island aboard the 101-foot historic schooner Adventuress on Sunday.

The six-hour sail will leave at 10 a.m. from the Northwest Maritime Center dock at the north end of Water Street in Port Townsend and return to the dock at 4 p.m.

Tickets for the Protection Island Sail are $95 per person or $75 for members of the marine science center, Audubon Society, Burke Museum or Washington Ornithological Society.

Port Townsend Marine Science Center naturalist Roger Risley will be on board to assist in wildlife spotting and interpretation.

The marine science center offers one six-hour sailing adventure each year to the Protection Island National Wildlife Refuge aboard the 101-foot historic schooner.

A staple of the science center’s seasonal offerings, the Adventuress cruise is popular among tourists and locals alike, selling out yearly, according to organizers.

Marine science center Executive Director Janine Boire said she is confident this year will be no different.

“We have been partnering with Sound Experience for this summer sail around Protection Island for years,” Boire said.

“It’s such a unique, hands-on way to connect people with the Salish Sea, and this year, the sail takes place over Labor Day weekend, which makes it particularly convenient for visiting families.”

Participants aboard the Adventuress can become sailors themselves, helping the crew hoist the sails on the historic vessel while enjoying a leisurely tour of the wildlife sanctuary and comments from the on-board naturalist, according to a news release.

For more information on the Protection Island sail or to reserve a spot, email cruises@ptmsc.org or call 360-385-5582.

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