Bodies of water are frequent metaphors in poetry, due to their unfathomable depths, unknowable sprawl, and unattainable porpoises. Set sail into the enigma with today's Groupon from Scovare Expeditions at Staff Jennings Marina. Choose between the following options:
- For $48, you get a 90-minute city-lights sailing tour for two (a $96 value).
- For $36, you get a one-hour Portland bridge sailing tour for two ($72 value).
Scovare Expeditions, the only river-sailing tour company in Portland, launches calming excursions that delight sailors and sightseers alike aboard vessels such as Scovare II, a 26-foot-long yacht that holds two to six passengers. The 90-minute city lights cruise, which departs at 7:30 p.m. in spring and 9 p.m. in summer, floats buoyant duos past an exquisite array of the Willamette River's luxurious houseboats and tolerable shantyrafts. Then, depending on passenger preference or magic 8 ball recommendation, the sail proceeds either to Waverly Country Club, Palatine Castle, and Elk Rock Island, or up Holgate Channel for a slow cruise along the city riverfront and Ross Island.
For those preferring sunlight to moonglow, the one-hour bridge tour, which embarks at 1:30 p.m. on Sundays and weekdays, wafts river riders past a trove of terrestrial couplings, including the Ross Island and Marquam, Hawthorne, Morrison, and Steel bridges. Tour-goers might also catch glimpses of such water-straddling structures as the Broadway, Fremont, and Sellwood bridges, as well as the elusive Jeff Bridges. A full crew helms each aquatic adventure.
Scovare Expeditions Inc.
With more than 25 years of maritime experience, Shane St. Clair captains Scovare Expeditions' fleet of sailboats, unveiling the windblown channels of the Willamette River to budding sailors and sightseeing passengers. During sailing tours, passengers can bob across the river while taking in the views of the volcanic caldera of Elk Rock Island or feast on three-course meals as the sails fill up with wind like a balloon ruining its dinner. A new Cape Cod Catboat available for charter takes tours, classes, and small dinners on a glide, and a sleek Aquarius sailboat keeps guests boating in style. Those interested in learning the ropes can sign up for sailing lessons, where savvy instructors teach novices how to command the helm, guide the lines, and barter with miserly seagulls.
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